Milford Mill girls, Annapolis boys take National Guard titles

Washington earns 38 of Millers' 48 points

High Schools

Indoor track and field

January 12, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Numbers continue to tell the story for the Milford Mill girls and Annapolis boys indoor track and field teams.

The No. 4 Millers maximized production from their squad of girls and the No. 1 Panthers continued to harvest points from their large pool of talent as they topped a field of 27 teams in the 40th annual National Guard Meet yesterday at the 5th Regiment Armory.

Milford Mill, the defending Class 3A-2A state indoor champion, compiled 48 points despite fielding a squad that is usually numerically dwarfed by its competitors.

"It's not really pressure because you're used to it from last year," senior Dominique Washington said of being asked to win -- not just place in -- events. "It's just tiring after you get back home from a meet."

But it helps when your team is blessed with last winter's All-Metro Performer of the Year in senior Novia Brown and another All-Metro selection in Washington.

Washington accounted for 38 points as she won the 55-meter hurdles (8.6 seconds), the high jump (5 feet), and teamed with Brown and seniors Camara Ashe and Megan Pinckney to win the 1,600 relay (4:21.5).

Washington, Ashe, Pinckney and freshman Aryanna Forbes came in second in the 800 relay (1:56.8), and Brown won the 500 (1:25.4).

Millers coach Sharon Johnson is wary about pushing her players, but she also knows that an opportunity to win back-to-back state crowns may not come around soon.

"It's definitely a luxury because we don't have to rely on little points to win," Johnson said. "It's crucial that everybody performs. If everyone does their part, we'll do well."

Franklin senior Kellie McKay won the 800 (2:37.7) to propel the No. 8 Indians to 39 points and a runner-up finish behind Milford Mill.

Despite not winning an event, No. 2 Mount de Sales was third with 37 points.

No. 10 Long Reach and Glenelg tied for fourth with 26 points, courtesy of victorious relay squads.

The Lightning got a win in the 800 relay (1:56.7) from seniors Dionne Lambert, Erica Tatum and Damara Parrish and junior Sarah Carter, while the Gladiators won the 3,200 relay (10:47.5) with junior Chelsea Capp and sophomores Jessica Hibbert, Katie Pencek and Mallory Heinke.

Other individual winners were Catonsville senior Shennell Cooper in the 55 (7.5 seconds) and Annapolis senior Calynn Offer in the pole vault (9-0).

Depth has rarely been a problem for Annapolis, the reigning Class 3A-2A state indoor champion, which accrued points in every event but the 800, shot put and pole vault.

Senior Demario Harris won the high jump (6-0), junior Jonathan Julian claimed the 3,000 (9:55) and sophomore Will Eden took the 1,500 (4:30.8) to lift the Panthers to 64 points.

Coach Charles Gross praised the effort of senior Cardray Moulden, who -- despite straining his back in the 500, in which he finished fifth -- continued to run legs on the fourth-place 1,600 relay team and the second-place 3,200 relay squad.

"That's the kind of team spirit we have," Gross said. " `If you need me, I'm there.' Everybody's contributing."

Woodlawn senior Joey Young won the 55 hurdles (7.9 seconds) and junior Samuel Henry captured the 800 (2:08.5), helping the Warriors place second with 50 points.

Loch Raven was fourth with 34 points on the strength of its winning (1:38) 800 relay team of seniors Franklin Richburg, Adam Dickson and Stan Waithe and junior Quentin Burley.

Hereford didn't boast an event winner, but managed to finish fifth with 25 points.

No. 8 Dulaney was sixth with 24 points thanks to its winning 3,200 relay squad of seniors Emil Bojanov, Dan Clasing, Rory Jenkins and Andy Carmer (9:02.3).

Oakland Mills senior Jason Mead won the pole vault (11-0) and junior Tony Cole claimed the 55 (6.4 seconds), helping the Scorpions place seventh with 22 points.

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