Woodlawn boys hang on

Franklin girls breeze to win

Indoor track

High School

January 15, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - While the Franklin girls indoor track and field team breezed its way to victory at a meet pitting teams from Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties yesterday, the Woodlawn boys squad couldn't exhale until the end.

The No. 8 Warriors nearly cost themselves last night's meet at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex when their 1,600 relay team was disqualified in the final event, effectively wiping out their second-place finish in the race and eight points.

But runner-up North County, which trailed Woodlawn by only six points before the last event, could manage only fifth place and the subsequent two points.

First-place finishes from junior Sam Henry in the 800, junior Ronald Bias in the high jump and senior Kenny Merritt in the 55 helped the Warriors accrue 62 points and overcome a disqualification caused by one member of the 1,600 relay squad wearing black tights underneath his shorts - in contrast to the white ones worn by his teammates.

"No more tights," coach Mark Pryor said half-jokingly. "We can't afford them. But it's a learning experience for us."

Powered by wins from senior Chris Hopkins in the 500 and junior Will Brown in the shot put, the Knights compiled 58 points to place second, which surprised coach Ed Harte.

"It's only our fifth meet," said Harte, who has only 15 members on the team. "We're just trying to get back to respectability, and I think we're on our way."

Southern of Anne Arundel's 800 relay squad won, helping the Bulldogs to third place with 54 points. No. 9 Loch Raven was fourth with 45.5 points courtesy of wins from senior Stan Waithe in the 55 - he shared first-place with Merritt - and the 300.

Other winners included South River seniors Steven Plummer in the 1,600 and Martin Dougherty in the pole vault, Northeast senior Ryan Williams in the 3,200, Arundel junior Bryan Jones in the 55 hurdles, Arundel's 1,600 relay team and the Northeast 3,200 relay squad.

Meanwhile, the No. 3 Indians won four events on the girls side to accumulate 77 points.

Freshman Michelle Donadio took the 1,600 and the 3,200 and teamed with seniors Ruth Hedrick and Kellie McKay and freshman Candice Holden to win the 3,200 relay.

Hedrick also claimed the 55 hurdles for Franklin coach Bob McIvor, who credited his seven seniors for molding the 33-member team.

"I think the kids have done more than me to accomplish this," he said. "The seniors have taken the younger ones under their wings, and it has carried over."

Woodlawn finished second with 52 points - 40 of which were delivered by senior Jodi Benjamin, who won the 300 and the 500 and joined seniors Marja Holmes and Nadine Kwebetchou and junior Leslie Conley to capture the 800 relay and the 1,600 relay.

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