L. Reach wins fifth title in row

Lightning's Parrish wins 200, long jump, 400 relay

Howard girls track

May 10, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

After graduating four All-Howard County performers from last year's team, opposing coaches were hoping that Long Reach's girls track team would stumble this season.

But the No. 1 Lightning hasn't missed a beat and won its fifth straight county title at Oakland Mills yesterday, although the triple jump must be completed today.

It was the only uncompleted event when lightning forced a postponment at 6:05 p.m. Long Reach has the two leading performers in that event, which will be completed today at 3 p.m.

Long Reach, the four-time defending state champ, ran away from second-place Glenelg to build an insurmountable lead, 127-89.

"They handed us our lunch," said Glenelg coach Mike Selmer. "They left us a little opening when they didn't perform as well in the 100 as they hoped. But then we didn't perform as well in the 1,600 as we wanted to."

"The meet was decided during a 10-minute period when they scored 34 points in the 300 hurdles and 200 dash. We got what we wanted in the 800, but by then they were already out of reach."

DaMara Parrish led the way for Long Reach by winning three gold medals in the 200, long jump and 400 relay. She shared the top performer Iron Woman Award with Alana Black of Wilde Lake and Jeanette Curtis of Mount Hebron.

Long Reach's only senior, Angie Watkins, won the 400, finished third in the 200 and ran on the winning 800 relay and second-place 1,600 relay.

"It's incredible," Watkins said. "A lot of people downed us because of our losses to graduation, but everyone worked hard and did their part."

Junior Dionne Lambert ran on the winning 800 and 400 relays, and the second-place 1,600 relay.

Other big contributors for Long Reach included freshmen basketball players Timisha Gomez and Janay Woolridge.

Gomez won the high jump, is leading the triple jump and was second in both hurdles events.

Woolridge finished third in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the long jump, ran on the winning 400 relay and second-place 1,600 relay.

"I didn't think the margin of victory would be that big, but we have some talented girls," said Lightning coach Leslie Thomas.

Black won the 800 and 1,600 for Wilde Lake and ran an excellent time of 5:06.2 in the 1,600.

Curtis won both hurdles events and finished fourth in the 100 dash.

Shade Smith of Hammond won the 100 and finished second in the 200.

Melanie Langmead of Mt. Hebron won the pole vault at 9 feet, 6 inches.

Lindsay Grigoriev of Atholton set a meet record in the discus at 137 feet, 9 inches.

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