Annapolis has edge in county boys track


High Schools

January 30, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The County Track and Field Championships take center stage tomorrow at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.

It's the meet Anne Arundel County boys and girls have been working for since November, although some have visions of region and state titles down the road.

The Annapolis boys and their wealth of sprinters and hurdlers are favored in their division. Broadneck is expected to be challenged by upstart Chesapeake and Annapolis in the girls.

Mike Brown, Chris Menendez, Davon Watkins are the top sprinters for No. 4 Annapolis, with jumpers Demario Harris and Tim O'Brien, and shot putter Kareem Reed expected to contribute their share of points as well.

Brown is the favorite in both the 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles, but Chesapeake's Nick Bowen and Watkins will challenge him in the dash. Brown's best time this season is 6.4 seconds.

In the 55 hurdles, Arundel's Bryan Jones and Meade's Rivers Johnson will push Brown.

The Panthers could turn the meet into a total runaway if Menendez can upset Meade junior John Young.

Harris, a Sun All-County and All-Metro defensive back in football, is expected to do what he has been doing pretty much all season, which is to win both the long and triple jumps.

O'Brien is a long shot to best Arundel's Brian DeVaul in the high jump.

Menendez, Watkins, Brown and Harris give Annapolis a solid 800 relay, but its 1,600 and 3,200 relays are not contenders. It's in those latter two events that No. 9 Old Mill and Meade hope to ring up points.

Distance runner Doug Spatafore is a key for Old Mill to finish near the top, but Severna Park's Mike Hall and Ryan Williams of Northeast are his main opposition.

Reed is a lock in the shot put for Annapolis with his best throw this season at 53-4. Old Mill's Aaron Dixon-Proctor has been the closest to Reed at 45-8 1/4 .

Severna Park's Brian Grubel is the man in the pole vault and the defending county champion.

The girls competition could be fierce among the ranked teams in No. 5 Broadneck, No. 6 Chesapeake and No. 8 Annapolis. Severna Park and Old Mill, which did well in last week's relays, lurk in the background if the top three slip.

Double-winners could be scarce among the girls and could determine the eventual 1-2-3 team finishes.

Annapolis hurdler/high jumper Maleeka Diggs is a potential double-winner along with Chesapeake's freshman sprinter Nicole Bernaix, distance runners Rachel Dalby of Annapolis and Natalie Scurto of North County.

Broadneck boasts a bevy of distance runners led by sophomore Lauren Centrowitz and Susan St. Cyr, sprint contenders in Jamie Woodward and Kendra Witmer and strong relays, not to mention shot putter Erin Burns. Burns will battle Old Mill's Bethany Nolan for valuable first-place points.

Severna Park counters with depth in distance and relays with the likes of Rebecca Funk, Stephanie Newton, Ashley Helm, Kate Hickman and Annie Winstanley.

It could all come down to coaches' moves to pick up points where the others least expect those changes.


County public schools were taking exams this week, thus the Wednesday/Friday schedule, rather than the customary Tuesday/Friday for athletic events. Six league games are left in the county public school boys league with the county championship game set for 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Broadneck. Barring a total collapse, No. 4 Annapolis (15-0, 10-0) will play one of the four teams tied for second at 7-3 each in No. 11 Meade (12-4), No. 18 Southern-AA (10-6), Glen Burnie (10-6) and North County (10-6) in the county final. ...

The drawing for the state boys and girls basketball tournaments, which start Feb. 22-23, is set for 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 17 at Arundel High. The early time was scheduled so that Arundel athletic director and Terps' alumnus, Bernie Walter, can see the 1 p.m. Maryland/Duke tip-off. ...

With its 47-45 loss to St. Maria Goretti (7-4 league) on Sunday, No. 2 Archbishop Spalding (19-4) fell out of first place in the combined Baltimore Catholic League/MIAA A Conference. Spalding (7-2) is in second place behind No. 6 Calvert Hall (18-5). The Cardinals are 7-1, the only loss by 49-46 to Spalding last Friday. ... No. 16 Cardinal Gibbons (13-11, 4-5) is holding an alumni basketball game on Feb. 10 at noon before the Crusaders' league game with Goretti. For details, call coach Bob Flynn at 410-644-7220. ...

Tomorrow's Severn (7-11) at No. 19 St. Mary's (14-9) boys basketball starting time has been changed to 7 p.m. After cracking the Sun's Top 20 for the first time this season at No. 19 with a 70-61 upset at then-No. 15 Gilman (15-7) Friday, St. Mary's dropped a 57-46 decision at Pallotti on Monday despite 21 points by Jeff Postell.

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