South Carroll boys run away with title

Cavs take region crown

Milford Mill, Franklin tie for girls championship

Indoor track and field

February 04, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The performance of the Milford Mill and Franklin girls in last night's Class 3A-2A Central Region indoor track and field meet probably didn't surprise anyone. But the performance of the South Carroll boys surprised almost everyone.

Milford Mill won the Baltimore County championship on Friday by capturing the final race and did nearly the same thing in this meet, winning the 1,600-meter relay to tie Franklin for the team championship. South Carroll's boys used their strong depth in the distance races to score a surprisingly easy win in the meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

The Millers girls once again relied on sprinter Novia Brown and teammate Dominique Washington. Milford Mill brought only five athletes to the meet, but Brown won the 300- and 500-meter dashes and helped on two relay teams while Washington captured the high jump, took second in the 55 hurdles and helped on the relays.

Milford Mill trailed Franklin by two points heading into the final event, the 1,600 relay. But the Millers won and the Indians took second place, with both teams finishing with 72 points.

"I didn't even know if we could get this," said Milford Mill girls coach Sharon Johnson. "I'm satisfied, but it's nerve-wracking."

Franklin was hurt by a disqualification in the 800 relay, where it would have taken third place. That would have given the Indians five more points and a nearly insurmountable seven-point lead heading into the last race. But Franklin got solid performances from freshman Michelle Donadio and seniors Kellie McKay and Ruth Hedrick to stay in the running.

Donadio won the 1,600 (5:53.0) and took second in the 3,200 plus fifth in the 800. She also ran on the Indians' winning 3,200 relay team. McKay won the 800 in 2:37.9, took second in the 500 and ran on the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams.

Hedrick took third in the 55 hurdles and ran on three relay teams to help the Indians score clutch points.

"I really wanted the team to get first," McKay said. "This is my senior year, and I wanted to win the 800 in the regions and then see what I could do in the states."

The South Carroll boys used key performances from several athletes. Phil Diven and Dan Reedy helped the Cavaliers score in seven different events as South Carroll ended with 76 points, far ahead of second-place Randallstown (53).

"I can't put it into words," said South Carroll coach Rob Pennington. "These kids have worked so hard this year, [but] we just didn't expect this."

Diven won the 1,600 (4:59.0) and took second in the 3,200 and fifth in the 800. He also pitched in to help the 3,200 relay team win its race.

Reedy won the 3,200 in 11:11.4, defeating Diven by 3.4 seconds. In addition, Reedy finished fifth in the 1,600 and ran on the victorious 3,200 relay and the second-place 1,600 relay team. Brandon Grant won the 55 hurdles for the Cavaliers in 8.2 seconds, as South Carroll won four of 12 events.

Darrin Arbaugh (third in the 800; fourth in the 1,600; ran on two relays) and Jonnie Jenkins (fourth in the high jump; ran on two relays) also helped the Cavaliers score points.

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