Oakland Mills boys' run of titles hits finish line

Middletown takes crown

Poolesville girls: 3 in row

Class 2A-1A indoor track and field

High Schools

February 25, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - One streak came to an abrupt halt while another continued last night at the Class 2A-1A state indoor track and field championships at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Oakland Mills' dominance in the boys competition ended after four consecutive years when Middletown of Frederick County claimed its first state crown in school history.

In the girls portion, Poolesville of Montgomery County earned its third straight state title with a 62-point margin.

The Scorpions had won four straight crowns and seven of the previous 12 before compiling 20 points to place sixth.

"I can't say I'm disappointed because everyone did their best," said Oakland Mills junior Tony Cole, who was the team's lone champion, winning the 55 meters in 6.51 seconds. "It doesn't make me happy though."

Loch Raven was the area's highest finisher with 39 points for second place. Senior Stann Waithe contributed 30 of them.

He won gold in the 300 in 35.3 seconds. Then he teamed with seniors Adam Dickson and Franklin Richburg and junior Quentin Burley to win the 800 relay and the 1,600 relay.

Their time of 1 minute, 32.55 seconds in the 800 smashed the 1A state record of 1:35.61 set last season by Dunbar's Jerrell Scott, Brandon Ross, Clarence Young and Tavon Jackson.

"My relay teams, I was expecting them to bring in gold because I think we're one of the best teams in the state," said Waithe, who has been running with Dickson, Richburg and Burley since last spring. "After last year's outdoor season, I knew we would have a good indoor season, because it was the same four guys."

Glenelg junior Drew Graybeal caught Southern of Anne Arundel senior Andrew Peresta in the final 100 meters of the 500 race to cross the line in 1:06.3 - 1.2 seconds faster than Peresta.

With the win, Graybeal completed a sweep of the event at the county, regional and state meet and eclipsed the 1A state record of 1:06.7 set by Oakland Mills' Stefan Pastor in 2001.

On the girls side, Atholton senior Lindsay Grigoriev rebounded from an injury-shortened season to capture state crowns in the 55 hurdles and the shot put.

Grigoriev, who plans to compete at Kansas State, won the shot put with a toss of 42 feet, 7 3/4 inches, breaking the state record for all classifications of 42-2 3/4 set by North Hagerstown's Meagan Verdeyen in 1999.

Even more inspiring was her gold medal in the hurdles, where her time of 8.3 seconds - only her third mark of the season in the event - set a 1A state record that eclipsed the 8.49 by Smithsburg's Zoe Hunt in 1993.

"I wanted to come out and do my best," said Grigoriev, who battled a foot injury for the first half of the season but still captured county and regional titles in the shot put and a regional crown in the hurdles. "I was upset at the beginning of the season because I was so used to doing four events."

Edmondson sophomore Cierra Layne became her school's first state champion when she crossed the finish line in the 55 dash in 7.1 seconds.

Her time also set a 1A record, smashing the 7.34 set by Long Reach's Teyarnte Carter in 1997.

"I didn't think I was going to make [the finals]," said Layne, who took up the sport last year. "But I wanted it so bad. I was thinking, `I can't let them take it away from me.' "

Poolesville won four events to grab its crown. Glenelg was second with 26 points; Atholton was third with 20.

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