Annapolis regroups, still on winning path

Panthers cover absences

Broadneck girls also respond to challenge

Indoor track and field

High Schools

January 14, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER -- If winning has become routine for the Annapolis boys indoor track and field team, it was a welcome respite for the Broadneck girls squad.

The No. 1 Panthers captured their third straight track meet despite the absence of their top two distance runners, while the Bruins girls responded to a challenge put forth by their coach as both teams topped a field of 12 from Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex last night.

Annapolis didn't bring junior Jonathan Julian and sophomore Will Eden, but continued to unearth combinations to find victory. This time, the Panthers used 28 points from their sprinters and 26 points from their field corps to slip by Broadneck, 87-82.

"I didn't think we were going to do that, but we did," a stunned Annapolis coach Charles Gross said. "Sometimes I wish I could say it's me, but it's the athletes. They're all gifted."

Senior Demario Harris was first in the 55 (6.5 seconds) and in the 55 hurdles (8.0), while junior Derrick Wallace finished second in the 55 (6.6).

Senior Jawaan Petty won the shot put (42 feet, 9.25 inches), and senior Cardray Moulden and Harris placed second in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches) and the high jump (6 feet), respectively.

The 800 relay squad of Harris, Moulden, Davon Watkins, and Derrick Wallace claimed the race (1:34.6), but perhaps the most surprising performance came from junior Andrew Corddry, who raced the 500 for the first time and won in 1:10.1.

"I just wanted to go out and do what I could," said Corddry, who was aware of the absences of Eden and Julian. "Without Will and Jonathan, that's really big."

The Bruins finished second courtesy of wins from their 1,600 relay team of Nick Yerkes, Tito Curtis, Devon Regan and Ben Fasseel, their 3,200 relay squad of Andrew Cornelius, Dan Rosenblum, Dan Ammon and Garth Witmer (8:45.8), Andrew Younger in the 1,600 (4:40.8) and Pat Ryan in the high jump (6 feet).

No. 4 Old Mill was third with 63 points despite not winning an event, while Meade senior Anthony Lee's victory in the 300 (36.5 seconds) helped the No. 6 Mustangs place fourth (38.5 points).

Dulaney finished fifth (33) courtesy of wins from senior Emil Bojanov in the 800 (2:00.7) and senior Andy Carmer in the 3,200 (10:18.4), and Severna Park was sixth with 27 points as junior Brian Grubel seized the pole vault (13 feet, 3 inches).

The Broadneck girls had underachieved most of the year. Last week's fifth-place finish in a meet pitting teams from Anne Arundel and Howard counties spurred Bruins coach Dana Dobbs to issue a challenge.

"After the last meet, we did not practice gingerly," he said. "We went pretty hard between the two meets, but we also eased up enough to be ready for tonight."

Dobbs may have found a second career in motivational speaking as wins came from junior Lauren Centrowitz in the 800 (2:22.9), sophomore Emily Nagle in the 1,600 (5:27.6), and the 3,200 relay squad of Sophie Thibodeau, Kelly Anderson, Nagle and Kasey Jamison (10:12).

"He knew we were a better team," Nagle said of Dobbs. "We weren't pulling it together, and we did that this meet."

Broadneck's 73 points were 12 more than No. 2 Milford Mill, which boasted triple winners in senior Dominique Washington (8.6 seconds in the 55 hurdles; 1:22.5 in the 500; and 4:21.9 in the 1,600 relay with Camara Ashe, Novia Brown and Megan Pinckney) and in Brown (41.8 in the 300; 1:54.5 in the 800 relay with Ashe, Pinckney and Ariana Forbes; and the 1,600 relay).

Severna Park junior Stephanie Newton took the 3,200 (12:17.4) and junior Katheryn O'Brien the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches), helping the Falcons to third place with 48 points.

Even without winning event, Towson was fourth with 40.5 points, while Annapolis was fifth with 32.5 points courtesy of wins from seniors Cheree McCurdy in the shot put and Calynn Offer in the pole vault.

Catonsville's Shennell Cooper claimed the 55 in 7.4 seconds.

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