Westminster boys and girls sweep

Girls high jump is swept by Owls with Nilson in 1st

Carroll track championships

May 10, 2002|By Eric Brandner | Eric Brandner,SUN STAFF

Westminster's Tony Brown wears a headband and knee-high socks to keep the mood light.

But on the track, his team is all business.

Brown won the 110-meter hurdles and the Owls won both the boys and girls competitions in dismal, rainy weather at the Carroll County Track and Field championship yesterday at Western Maryland College.

"My teammates lighten my intensity up a little bit because of the fact that we have so much power," Brown said. "But I still go out and try my hardest."

Westminster's power is attributable to its numbers. The largest and only 4A school in Carroll County, the Owls have won 21 consecutive county championships on the boys' side and eight straight on the girls' side.

However, the Owls girls' squad faced a challenge from first-year school Century, which despite being the smallest school in the county and fielding a team of all freshmen and sophomores, was the highest scoring Carroll unit at last week's Central Maryland Conference championships.

Century freshman Laura Carlson won the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 6.75 inches. Carlson, who won the indoor regional and 2A-1A state titles in the event, also finished fourth in the triple jump.

Meanwhile, Westminster swept the girls' high jump with senior Jenn Nilson taking first place, clearing the bar four inches higher than any other girl at 5-2 despite the conditions.

Nilson finished in fourth in the long jump, which was won by Century's Teresa Yannone with a distance of 15-7. Yannone also won gold in the triple jump.

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