Glenelg girls race to front of the pack

Gladiators lead after Day 1 by 12

E. Tech boys get lift from Maybank, Cartwright

Class 2A state track and field

High Schools

May 24, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Glenelg girls came to UMBC yesterday in search of their first state track and field title since 1993. By the end of the first day of Class 2A competition, the No. 4 Gladiators had found big points from some of their usual suspects.

Led by 3,200-meter champion Carrie Selmer, discus runner-up Sabrina Putro and the first-place 3,200 relay team of Katie Pencek, Mallory Heinke, Mary Rollyson and Erika Hogan, Glenelg stands alone in first place with a day remaining in the competition.

"We got what we expected today. We didn't get any bonuses, but we got what we expected," said Glenelg coach Mike Selmer. "I think whoever gets to 70 points is going to win Saturday."

Glenelg, the smallest Class 2A school in Maryland, leads the way with 28 points, followed by Towson (16), Potomac (13) and Hammond and Middletown (12 each).

Edgewood's Lauren Dunn (triple jump), Atholton's Lindsay Grigoriev (discus) and Hammond's 800 relay team also came away with titles.

In the boys competition, Baltimore County's Eastern Tech -- on the strength of victories by Broderick Maybank (long jump) and Ryan Cartwright (3,200) -- leads with 20 points, followed by Poly and Middletown (14 each) and Glenelg (12).

Maybank's jump of 22 feet, 10 1/4 inches -- after fouls on each of his first two jumps -- was a personal best by 5 inches. Cartwright's 3,200 time of 9 minutes, 47.88 seconds obliterated his previous best by 11 seconds, running the final quarter-mile in 61 seconds.

"You can't ask any more than that," said Eastern Tech coach Marc Mesaros. "We've had fantastic performances all day."

Eastern Tech expects to score plenty more points in tomorrow's finale, with Maybank competing in the triple jump, where last year he captured a 3A state championship. Just two weeks ago, he cleared an area-best 47- 1/2 .

For Pikesville's Adam Grossman, it was a day of triumphs, with a modicum of disappointment.

Grossman, who last year won 1A titles in the 100 and 200, flew to easy preliminary victories in both of his heats. Shooting for 2A records, however, the speedy senior was hampered by a malfunction in the meet's automatic timer.

With meet officials forced to rely on hand timing, adding 24-hundredths of a second to each of his times, Grossman officially finished the 100 in 10.74, two-hundredths of a second off the record.

"I got off good, and saw in my peripheral both ways that no one was even near me," Grossman said. "I was going after the 2A state record, so I was trying to push myself."

Glenelg nearly also took home gold in the boys 3,200 relay. After placing fifth at the Howard County meet, the foursome of Ben Adams, Jon Castelli, Dan Bowring and Jake Hartman finished runner-up to Stephen Decatur by 73-hundredths of a second, crossing the line in 8:17.82 -- nine seconds faster than its previous best.

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