Brown, Annapolis sprint to county title

Senior sets meet marks in 55 dash, 55 hurdles

Broadneck girls triumph

Indoor track and field

February 01, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - Sprinter Mike Brown set two meet records to lead the No. 4 Annapolis boys to their first Anne Arundel County indoor track championship.

Brown won the 55-meter dash in 6.2 seconds and the 55-meter high hurdles in 7.4 for meet records as the Panthers rolled up 111 team points. Meade was runner-up with 66 points.

No. 5 Broadneck took a competitive girls meet over upstart Chesapeake in the event, which was held at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.

Broadneck held a 47.5-45.5 lead over Chesapeake after eight events, and they were tied at 49.5 after 10. The Bruins pulled away in the last two events, the 800 run and the 1,600 relay, to win, 78.5-61.5 over the Cougars, who were seeking the school's first title but instead recorded their highest finish.

It was the first girls title for Broadneck in the five years that Dana Dobbs has been coach. "Our long sprinters from 500 and up carried us, especially Lauren Centrowitz," Dobbs said.

Centrowitz, just a sophomore, rung up 30 points and three gold medals (one on a relay) for the Bruins, including the 800 and 1,600 runs. She also ran a leg of Broadneck's gold-medal 3,200 relay.

Boys: Mike Ballard, the Annapolis boys coach, said, "It's been our goal all season to win the county boys title. It feels good because our stars like Brown and [Chris] Menendez did what we expected, but we had several other kids come up big in William Eden, who is just a freshman, and Patrick Cook-Deegan."

Eden won the 3,200 run in 10:23.5 and Cook-Deegan came in a close second in the 800 run to Old Mill's Anthony Littlejohn, 2:02.5 to 2:03.3.

Brown eclipsed the 55-meter record of 6.3 set in 1982 and then tied in 1997 by North County's Topper Ellis.

The 55-meter high hurdles mark of 7.5, accomplished in 1981 and 1997, also was bested by Brown.

"It means a lot to win the county and set records at the same time," said Brown, a senior. He and Severna Park pole vaulter Brian Grubel were the only repeat boys county indoor champions.

"I train hard and I thank my coaches, Mr. Ballard and Charles Gross, for what I've been able to do," Brown added.

"I've run faster in smaller meets, but overall those were my best times. We really wanted to be the first boys team from Annapolis to win the championship."

The Panthers piled up 34 points in the 300 meters and the high jump. With Menendez taking the 300 dash in 36.2 seconds, Brown placed third and Davon Watkins was fifth to ring up 18 points in that event.

Arundel's Brian DeVaul won the high jump at 6 feet, 6 inches, but the Panthers' Tim O'Brien came in second and Demario Harris tied for third to ring up 16 points.

Annapolis jumped out on Meade 73-44 through the first eight events and maintained its comfortable lead the rest of the way.

In joining Brown as an encore champion, Grubel easily won the pole vault as expected with a vault of 13 feet. The next three closest vaulters each came in at 10-6.

Girls: The Broadneck 3,200 relay team topped its best time of the season by coming in at 10:05.6, tying the meet record set by Old Mill in 1987. Andrea Lockhart, Emily Magle, Susan St. Cyr and Centrowitz make up the Bruins' foursome, which before last night had not done better than 10:16.1.

Centrowitz took the 1,600 in 5:14.5, about six seconds better than North County sophomore Natalie Scurto, who placed second in the 3,200 run behind Severna Park's Becca Funk and was third in the 800.

Centrowitz took the meet-clinching 800 run by two seconds over her teammate, St. Cyr.

Maleeka Diggs of Annapolis won the high jump as expected with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches, which was 2 inches shy of her best jump this season.

Coach Skip Lee's Chesapeake girls got first-place finishes by freshman Nicole Bernaix in the 300 run and scored throughout the 13 events, including second placed in the 800 relay and fourth in the 3,200 relay.

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