Oakland Mills boys, Stroup seize day

River Hill runner breaks records in 1,600 and 500

Glenelg wins girls title

High Schools

Indoor track

January 31, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

LANHAM - The Oakland Mills boys easily won their third straight Ivan Walker County Indoor Track and Field Championships last night at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, while Glenelg used an all-around team performance to edge Mount Hebron by six points for the Gladiators' first girls title since 1996.

Shane Stroup of River Hill highlighted the meet with two record-setting performances. Stroup won the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 18.8 seconds, eclipsing the old meet mark of 4:30.9 set last year by Izudin Mehmedovic of Oakland Mills. And he won the 500 in 1:05.9, breaking the meet record of 1:07.1 set last year by Stefan Pastor of Oakland Mills. Stroup also won the 800 in 2:00.9.

Stroup, voted the meet's outstanding male performer by the coaches, also hooked up with Chris Barksdale of Oakland Mills in the night's most exciting race, as Barksdale passed Stroup on the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay and then held off a strong challenge by Stroup over the final lap.

"Simply amazing," said River Hill coach Norm Beldon about Stroup's performance.

Mehmedovic helped the Scorpions to victory by winning the 3,200 in 9:57.5 and also broke his own record in the 1,600 by running 4:19.4.

"It was a good meet and we ran well considering we hadn't run a meet in three weeks," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton, whose team was snowed out of the New Balance Meet in New York on Jan. 19.

Andrew Heath of Wilde Lake had a strong meet, finishing first in the high jump and second in both the 55 hurdles and pole vault.

Carrie Selmer, Glenelg's top-seeded in three distance events, had a tough day after missing five days of training last week due to an illness. She finished only third in the 1,600 and 800 and fourth in the 500.

"Our other girls really stepped up and got the job done," said Glenelg coach Mike Selmer, Carrie's father. "Chelsea Kapp finished second in the 800 and that was critical. Brandy McReynolds tied for second in the pole vault and clinched it for us."

McReynolds said: "I didn't think my event would win us the championship."

Melissa McCarthy won the 3,200 in 12:03.8 for Mount Hebron. Melanie Langmead of Mount Hebron won the pole vault at 8-0 and Jeannette Curtis won the 55 hurdles in 8.5 to lead the second-place Vikings.

Lindsay Grigoriev of Atholton won the high jump (5-0), won the shot put (37-06) and was second in the 55 hurdles (8.5) to lead the Raiders to third place.

"We didn't score enough in the mile," said Atholton girls coach Adrian Valdez. "We got only a fifth place, while Glenelg ran 2-3-4 and outscored us 18-4 in that event."

"Our 55 hurdles runner would have finished third and that cost us another six points. And the 4x200 didn't run up to par. It was about two seconds off."

Shade Smith of Hammond won the 55 dash in 7.2.

Anne Watkins of Long Reach won the 300 dash in 41.2, a meet record that broke Kisha Jett's mark of 42.5 set in 1994. She also broke the meet record in the 500 at 1:18.7, topping the record set by Danielle Stoddart in 1:21.1 in 1999.

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