Dulaney girls take first-day lead

No. 1 Long Reach is third

Annapolis boys in second

Class 3A state track and field

High Schools

May 25, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore-area heavyweights in the Class 3A state girls track and field championships had a successful first day of competition at UMBC yesterday.

Third-ranked Dulaney is seeking its first state title and took the early lead with 30 points.

The Lions scored 16 points with a win in the 3,200 meters from Tenke Zoltani (11 minutes, 18.5 seconds), as well as a fourth place from Christine Myers and a fifth place from Natalie Bond in that event.

Dulaney also finished second in the 3,200 relay (9:35.3) and earned a third place in the triple jump from Kelly Fanshaw.

"I wanted to run a faster time in the 3,200, but my coach wanted me to go all out for the team in the 3,200 relay, so I ran my best split in that, a 2:20," Zoltani said. "The combination of heat and the fast relay left me exhausted for the 3,200. It was a struggle. I hurt so much."

She felt confident that the Lions can win their first title if their strength in the 1,600, the 800 and 1,600-meter relay pans out today.

Top-ranked Long Reach, seeking its fifth straight state title, scored victories in the triple jump with Timisha Gomez and the 800 relay. The relay team of Jarnae Carter, Dionne Lambert, JaNay Woolridge and Angie Watkins (1:42.88) nipped Westlake (1:44.89) by one-hundredth of a second. Those wins gave the Lightning third place with 20 points behind Urbana (22).

But Long Reach is strong in the sprints, hurdles and jumps, and it figures to come from behind to win another title if all goes well.

The Lightning has two runners in the 100 and two in the 200, one in the 100 hurdles, and one in the high jump.

The Annapolis track and field team had last night's 8:00 graduation on its mind, but the Panthers' boys team still managed to score 26 points to trail first-place Walter Johnson by just six points.

Annapolis' Kareem Reed won the shot put (54 feet, 5 inches) with a personal best on his last throw. He had been in second.

DeMario Harris of Annapolis finished second in the long jump (22-6) and teammate Tim O'Brien was third (6-2) in the high jump.

The Panthers still have two performers in the triple jump, two in the hurdles and a strong 400 relay team.

Other area boys winners included: Phil DeRosier of Long Reach in the long jump (22-10 1/2 ) and Matt Sanders of Mount Hebron in the 3,200.

Sanders captured his first state title by winning one of the day's most exciting races as he dueled with Fanvel Chageza of Walter Johnson before beating him by just under three seconds.

Chageza had taken the lead going into the final lap, but Sanders regained the lead on the backstretch and pulled away.

Sanders had run a 1:58 leg for Mount Hebron's fourth-place 3,200 relay team and wasn't sure how much he had left. "I said `Oh, no' when he took the lead and didn't know what to expect from him, but I felt good with 200 yards to go," Sanders said.

Said Chageza: "I was sure I could take him, but I tried running differently today. I like to run in front but tried coming from behind, and I made my move too soon."

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