Williams not lacking talent -- just a team

Towson Catholic freshman runs for self, sets record


October 28, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For most of this fall, Devon Williams was a cross country runner without a team. Because Towson Catholic did not field a team, the freshman could not compete until Saturday's Baltimore-Washington Invitational.

Williams made her debut in record-setting style, running 19:13 to win the race and set a record for the 3.1-mile course at the Franciscan Friary in Ellicott City, Glenelg Country School's home course.

Although previously unknown on the cross country circuit, the Parkville resident has been well known in track and field circles. The Junior Olympic champion at 800 meters this summer, Williams earned All-America honors as an eighth grader last spring by finishing sixth at the national high school meet.

Williams wasn't the only record-setter Saturday. Mercy junior Jamie Antonious was sixth overall and set a school record with her time of 20:02.

Antonious led the Magic to the large schools team title at the meet, which was considered the state private schools championship. It was the first time a Mercy team had claimed a state crown, as the Magic (45 points) easily outdistanced second-place Mount de Sales (95).

Injunction sought

The attorney for a Patterson football player who was ruled academically ineligible, forcing the Clippers to forfeit two games, requested an injunction Friday that would reinstate the player for the rest of the season.

The player was ruled ineligible for the rest of the fall season after an investigation by city school officials determined he had not made up two of three courses he failed at Mervo last spring, although he did attend summer classes at Patterson in an attempt to make up the classes he failed.

Allan Steinhorn, the player's lawyer, said the courses failed at Mervo were not offered by the city's summer school programs, so Patterson officials counseled the player to take geometry, American government, chemistry and an English course.

City school attorneys have prohibited Patterson principal Laura D'Anna and coach Roger Wrenn from commenting on the case, Wrenn said.

Patterson's football team is 6-2 with the forfeits.

First for Howard County

This week marks the first time Howard County has had four of its football teams ranked in the top 15.

Glenelg is ranked No. 4, River Hill No. 5, Wilde Lake No. 6 and Oakland Mills No. 9.

"The quality of football in the county has risen over the past five or six years," said Wilde Lake's Doug DuVall, who has coached five state champions.

Exclusive football club

Chesapeake of Anne Arundel's Gary Townes has cracked 1,000 yards rushing with 1,117 yards on 154 attempts (7.3) in eight games and can reach 1,000 yards passing at Annapolis (3-5) on Friday by throwing for 66 yards. Townes has completed 53 of 140 pass attempts for 934 yards and nine touchdowns.

He would become the third Anne Arundel County player to ring up 1,000 yards in rushing and passing in the same season. Glen Burnie's Keith Williams did it in 2001, and Arundel's Louis Carter reached the milestone in 1970.

Townes, who has 2,051 yards of total offense, can break Williams' records for total offense (2,485 yards) and single-season rushing by a quarterback (1,292) by maintaining his averages of 257 total yards and 140 rushing yards in each of his last two games.

Sweeney resigns

Broadneck girls soccer coach Jennifer Sweeney has stepped down after seven seasons to focus on her growing family.

After a 1-10-3 inaugural season in 1997, Sweeney led the Bruins to a 44-36-5 mark the next six to finish with a 45-46-8 career mark. Included were three winning seasons and a region title in 1998.

Sweeney and her husband, Bill, have a 2-year-old son and are expecting a second child in March.

The Bruins, eliminated by Meade, 2-1, in the first round of the 4A East region playoffs on Friday, finished the season 7-8.

Much-needed relief

The Joppatowne girls soccer team will not have had a game for a week by the time it plays today's Class 1A North regional quarterfinal against host Sparrows Point.

But the layoff has been well received by the Mariners, who needed the rest.

An onslaught of injuries has left the Mariners, who started the year with 20 players on their roster, with 12 players available for most games.

Hat trick in a half

North County senior Steve Jones had a hat trick in the second half Friday to lead the Knights (7-8) to a 4-0 victory over Great Mills in a Class 4A East boys soccer first-round game. North County visits county runner-up Old Mill (10-3-1) at 7:15 tonight in the quarterfinals.

Sun staff writers Rick Belz, Glenn P. Graham, Pat O'Malley, Lem Satterfield and Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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