N. Carroll girls, Westminster boys win titles

Riley takes 55 dash, 55 hurdles, two relays

Indoor track

January 31, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAGERSTOWN - North Carroll's Katie Riley traveled approximately 60 miles last night to participate in the Carroll County Indoor Track championships, held at Hagerstown Community College.

Once there, however, her fiercest competition came from the same zip code.

Riley scored wins in four of her events - the 55 dash, 55 hurdles, 300 and 800 relays - but was followed closely by teammate Aislinn Sowash, as the Panthers cruised to an easy team victory.

Sowash finished a close second in both the 55 and 55 hurdles, the latter by just two one-hundredths of a second, and also ran a leg on the winning 800 relay team.

"We have a bond," Riley said. "It didn't matter who won [the 55 hurdles]; it's only the team that is important. But I'd rather be on her team than against her."

"They are both competitive," North Carroll coach Jim MacDonald said. "It helps a lot in practice, not only to push each other, but to help each other out."

North Carroll finished with 137 points to beat Westminster (101) and upstart Century (43).

In the boys' competition, perennial power Westminster claimed the lastest title, using its immense depth to pile 147 points. South Carroll was second with 85, and Francis Scott Key placed 69.

For the North Carroll girls, however, the win continued a dominate trend of late.

It came on the heels of the Panthers' first-ever victory at the Central Maryland Conference Championships, which followed a victory over a stellar field at the Loyola Relays.

All three times, Riley proved to be the dominant performer of the meet.

"She's really come through the past three meets for us," MacDonald said of Riley, also a standout in soccer and softball for North Carroll.

"She's been a great contributer for four years."

North Carroll also got wins from distance standout Cheryl Williams, who edged South Carroll freshman Elly Eaton in both the 1,600 and 3,200 events.

Westminster scored big points in the field events, with Julie Bright, Jenn Nilson and Steph Nilson taking two-three-four in the high jump; Casey Brengle and Stephanie Gerber taking two-three in the shot put; and Kim Moon taking second in the pole vault, the latter lagging behind only champion Lindsay Winter, who cleared 10 feet.

On the boys' side, Westminster scored at least 10 points in seven different events, including 22 each in the pole vault and 800 events and 20 in the shot put.

Bryan Subock and Sean Irish took first and second, respectively, in the shot put, and in the 800, Andy Hayes and Jimmy Bayne also captured the top two spots.

"Depth really helped," Owls coach Jim Shank said. "There were several were we scored two places."

Francis Scott Key swept the boys high jump, with Matt Kutcher winning with a leap of 6 feet, 1 inch, followed by Kevin Mastalers and Tony Morris.

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