Annapolis boys get second straight title

2 wins do it for Panthers

Broadneck girls triumph

Indoor track and field

High Schools

February 01, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - The Annapolis boys indoor track and field team has seemingly squeezed every ounce out of its roster to find a win.

Last night, the No. 1 Panthers may have outdone themselves as they won just two events, but still managed to capture the Anne Arundel County championship by 55 points at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Like Annapolis, the Broadneck girls team reeled in its second straight crown as the No. 6 Bruins outpaced a field of 12 by 13 points.

Senior Demario Harris brought the Panthers their first individual county title by clearing six feet in the high jump, and the 1,600-meter relay squad of seniors Chris Menendez and Cordray Moulden and juniors Derrick Wallace and Larry Beavers brought home the last one in 3 minutes, 34 seconds.

But the Panthers recorded at least four points in 10 of the other 11 events to defeat No. 7 Old Mill, 106-51.

"That's all our coach [Charles Gross] wants us to do, score points in every event," said Harris, who was also second in the 55 hurdles. "We know that if we mess up in an event, we've got another to fall back on."

The Patriots finished second thanks to a win from junior Anthony Littlejohn in the 800 (2:04.1) and a county record from their 3,200 relay team of senior Paul Amador, juniors Darnell Dixon and Justin McDowell and sophomore Kyle Rauser (8:20.7).

Southern, which placed third with 44 points, broke two county records as senior Andrew Peresta claimed the 500 in 1:06.5 and the 800 relay squad of seniors Chris Lee and Kyle McKnett, junior A.J. Lee and Peresta finished in 1:32.2.

And North County senior Chris Hopkins broke the record in the 300 (35.5 seconds).

On the girls side, Broadneck wielded its might in the distance events to slip past Severna Park, 76-63.

Junior Lauren Centrowitz took home three gold medals.

She teamed with senior Sophie Thibodeau, sophomore Kelly Anderson, and freshman Kasey Jamison to win the 3,200 relay (10:14.4) and then took the 800 (2:23.3).

Centrowitz left her mark on the 1,600, setting a county record by crossing the finish line in 5:00.9.

Severna Park junior Katie Hannum almost single-handedly willed the Falcons to a second-place finish as she won the 300 (42.8 seconds) and 500 (1:20.6), and joined juniors Annie Winstanley, Kerry Girona, and Kristen Hicks to take the 1,600 relay (4:15.6).

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