Oakland Mills alum Farmer on fast track at Florida

Sophomore sprinter makes NCAA regionals



April 09, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Kyle Farmer is making waves as a sophomore sprinter at the University of Florida.

The former Sun track Performer of the Year from Oakland Mills became an automatic qualifier for the NCAA regionals in the 200 meters with a time of 21.20 seconds in the Florida Relays two weekends ago.

Farmer took eighth place with the 21.20 time, and he also qualified for the regionals as a member of the Gators' 1,600-meter relay team (second in 3 minutes, 5.81 seconds) and 400-meter relay team (fourth in 40.09) in the Florida Relays. Farmer, 6 feet 2, ran the second leg on both teams.

Farmer couldn't quite match his NCAA regional qualifying time in the 200 meters Saturday in a Southeastern Conference meet with Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. He finished fourth (21.24) as Florida (81 points) had to settle for third place behind Tennessee (155 points) and South Carolina (154).

The Gators have added a lot of punch to their distance events this spring, with freshman Shane Stroup (River Hill) running the 1,500 meters as well as being a member of the 3,200 and 6,000 relay teams.

Stroup, another former Sun Performer of the Year, captured fifth place in the 1,500 (3:57.48) Saturday.

Baltimore South

There's a Baltimore area influence on the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team, beginning with junior Polly Purcell (Mount Hebron), the team's scoring leader with 31 goals and 10 assists. There are a total of 10 area players on the team, including seven who are full-time starters.

In addition to Purcell, the starters for the Atlantic 10 squad (6-5 overall, 2-2 in the league) are senior attack Katie Dolan (Towson), who has 19 goals, 10 assists; sophomore attack/midfielder Kristen Habicht (Parkville), nine goals, one assist; junior defender/midfielder Jennifer Cielewich (Severna Park), three goals, three assists; freshman defender Allison Nuzzi (Notre Dame Prep), 19 draw controls, 18 ground balls; junior midfielder Mandy Bourquin (Notre Dame Prep), 18 ground balls, forced 13 turnovers; and senior goalie Kelly Johnson (Old Mill), 7.0 goals against average, 46.1 save percentage.

Freshman midfielder Lexi Poklemba (McDonogh) has started seven games and scored six goals; sophomore attack/midfielder Lexie Elliott (Annapolis) has played in six games, and sophomore attack Ashley Kopack (Annapolis) has one appearance.

Shearer nominated

Senior Danielle Shearer has become the first Notre Dame women's lacrosse player to be nominated for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is presented annually to the top male and female collegiate lacrosse players in the nation.

Shearer (North Carroll) has been selected as one of 21 female nominees for the award. She leads the Irish (4-4) in goals (17) and assists (16), in addition to being tied for the team lead in ground balls (18) and ranking second in draw controls (17).

Sauer sparkles

Washington & Lee freshman swimmer Beth Sauer (McDonogh) has been honored for her quick rise in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference by being named a member of the all-league team.

Sauer helped the Generals capture their 10th consecutive ODAC championship by winning the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.63) and taking third place in the 200 breaststroke (2:39.00).

Her mark in the 100 breaststroke was Washington & Lee's top time this season in the event. She also turned in the school's best time in the 200 breaststroke (2:38.11) with a second-place showing against the University of the South.

Hill breaks records

Junior middle distance runner Angie Hill (Havre de Grace) broke three records and was selected the Outstanding Female Performer, as host Gettysburg College captured the Mason Dixon track championship Saturday.

Hill set meet records in the 800-meter (2:18.65) and 1,500-meter (4:45.93) events, and her 800-meter time set a Musselman Stadium record. She also ran the second leg on the winning 1,600-meter relay team (4.05.63).

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