Oakland Mills sets winning pace

Mehmedovic leads way

Scorpions seek threepeat

Class 1A state track and field

High Schools

May 24, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Oakland Mills boys laid the groundwork yesterday for their third straight Class 1A state track and field championships, grabbing 42 points to take the lead after the first day of competition at UMBC.

"We're in great shape," said Sam Singleton, who is making his final appearance as Oakland Mills coach. He'll be football and track coach at the new Reservoir High in southern Howard County.

Havre de Grace is second with 30 points and Boonsboro third with 23. Smithsburg leads the girls 1A standings with 43 points to 32 for runner-up Rising Sun.

Boys indoor track Performer of the Year Izudin Mehmedovic won the 3,200 meters and ran the anchor leg on the triumphant 3,200 relay team for the Scorpions. He'll try to make it a four-gold-medal performance when the meet concludes tomorrow as he runs in the 800 and 1,600.

"We knew we had a chance to win the 3,200 relay," Mehmedovic said. "But we ran a PR [personal record] for the season of 8:12.8."

Mehmedovic ran a 1-minute, 53.6-second anchor.

"Ishmael [Josiah] really helped close the gap for us on the third leg," Mehmedovic said. "So I felt comfortable on the final leg."

Dustin Allen and Mohamed Abouelrous completed the winning foursome, which has an international flavor. Abouelrous is from Egypt, Josiah from Ghana and Mehmedovic from Bosnia.

Mehmedovic was tested in the 3,200 by Loch Raven's Paul Hugus, who led until the final lap. The winning time was 9:46.4 and Hugus ran a 9:47.95.

"I haven't trained for the two-mile this spring, so I was running out of my heart and he pushed me," Mehmedovic said. "I wanted to take the lead with two laps, but I let him get farther away than I wanted and had to run a 64-second final lap. That's not easy. He made a lot of good moves and gave a great performance. He really made me work for it."

Oakland Mills also won the 800 relay in 1:29.3 with Michael Sweatt, Chris Barksdale, Dab Rivas and Anthony Cole. Cole ran with a cast on his right wrist following surgery on May 14.

In addition, Jason Mead finished second in the pole vault (11-6) behind Kevin Walsh of Havre de Grace (12-0), and Dan Rivas was fourth in the long jump (20-6) for Oakland Mills.

The Scorpions also put two runners in the 100 final, three in the 200 final and two in the hurdles for tomorrow.

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