Towson Catholic's Williams makes another run into the record books

She sets national mark for freshmen in 600 meters


January 06, 2004|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When freshman Devon Williams started running for Towson Catholic this past fall, Owls coach Dion Hylton said she would be a runner to watch.

Williams left no doubt about that Saturday when she set a national freshman record for the 600-meter run at the Metropolitan Athletics Congress High School Classic indoor track meet at the 168th Street Armory in New York.

Her time of 1 minute, 30.22 seconds was the third-best time ever recorded at that distance by a U.S. high school girl. The record of 1:29.69 was set three years ago by Stacey Ann Livingston of New York.

Williams' performance is even more impressive considering she had never run the distance.

"It was pretty surprising, the time I ran," Williams said. "I didn't think I would run that fast because I was a freshman and it was the first time I was running the 600.

"I was thinking these girls are ready to run. They were 12th-graders and 11th-graders and I was the only ninth-grader on the track. I wanted to run under 1:30 and break the record, but I think I ran a wonderful race," said the Parkville resident, who runs for the Philadelphia-based United Stars Track Club.

Williams is already known on the national scene after winning the 2003 Junior Olympic title at 800 meters. On Dec. 14 at the Armory in New York, she ran 1,000 meters in 2:56.86, which at the time was the fastest time at that distance posted by a high school girl in the United States this season.

Record-setting debuts are becoming the norm for Williams, who won the Baltimore-Washington Invitational cross country meet in October in a course-record 19:13 at the 3.1-mile stretch at the Franciscan Friary in Ellicott City, Glenelg Country School's home course.

Winning wrestler

Overlea 152-pounder Dan Sexton became the Falcons' winningest wrestler Saturday with his 113th career victory, which came against Green Castle (Pa.) in the host Falcons' dual meet invitational tournament.

A two-time Baltimore County and 2A-1A North region champion, Sexton has placed fifth, fourth and second at the state tournament. At 11-0 this year (116-13 in three seasons), the senior is considered a state title contender this season.

Dodrill wins MVP

Bryn Mawr All-Metro forward Andrea Dodrill delivered an MVP performance at the Comet Classic girls basketball tournament at Catonsville.

The senior had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Mawrtians (6-8) to third place with a 57-26 victory over North Carroll on Dec. 29.

She followed that up with a 26-point, 16-rebound effort in a 50-40 overtime upset of then-No. 17 Mercy on Saturday. In that game, the 6-foot-1 Dodrill hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

Casa Mia tops again

The Casa Mia under-16 boys soccer club, U.S. Youth national champion from the summer, captured the highly touted Disney Soccer College Showcase.

Casa Mia, largely composed of players from the Baltimore metro area, went 5-0 in the tournament that ran from Dec. 26-30. It knocked off the Colorado Rush, 2-1, in the final, with McDonogh standout defender Matt Beckman getting the game-winning goal.

A stingy defense led by goalkeeper Stephen King (Archbishop Curley) yielded only two goals as Casa Mia outscored its five opponents 12-2.

All-State football

All-Metro Co-Offensive Players of the Year T.J. Swanson of South Carroll and Erin Henderson of Aberdeen, as well as All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year Brady Smith of Loyola, were recently chosen to the Associated Press' consensus all-state football team.

Swanson was selected at quarterback and Smith at defensive back. Other area players chosen to the offensive team were Eastern Tech running back Dietrich Wright, Hereford offensive lineman Joe Akers and Woodlawn offensive lineman Scott Burley.

A quarterback and linebacker, Henderson was recognized for his defensive prowess. Other area players chosen for the defensive team were Joppatowne lineman Jeremy Navarre, Broadneck linebacker Tyler Moyer, Randallstown defensive back Christian Varner and Broadneck kicker Chris DeSautels.

Look out, No. 1

Taking over the No. 1 ranking in The Sun's boys basketball poll today, Archbishop Spalding (9-1) faces a grueling schedule over the next two weeks.

Having knocked off then-No. 1 St. Frances (now No. 2) on Sunday, 79-67, to move from up from No. 5, the Cavaliers play seven games in 13 days against ranked teams.

The grind starts tonight at 7 at home against No. 8 Cardinal Gibbons (12-2).

Eleanor Roosevelt (6-2), ranked fifth by The Washington Post, and No. 9 Lake Clifton (5-2) follow Thursday and Saturday in the Basketball Academy at Morgan State.

Who's responsible for such a schedule?

"You can blame me. It's the Denny Crum philosophy of playing the best teams and taking on all comers," said coach Mike Glick, referring to the former Louisville coach. "It's going to make us a better team."

Sun staff writers Glenn P. Graham and Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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