Owings Mills boys, Western girls take city-county mixer team titles

Depth boosts Eagles, who win five events

Doves capture eight events

Track and field

High Schools

January 06, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Owings Mills boys and the Western girls indoor track teams took different paths to the same destination last night.

While the Eagles used their depth to supplement winning five events, the Doves maximized their talent to claim eight events as both squads proved victorious at a Baltimore City-County Mixer at the 5th Regiment Armory.

While winning is nothing new for No. 5 Western - which has won nine straight Baltimore City titles - it was a somewhat unfamiliar experience for Owings Mills, which posted 83 points.

Senior Ray Vickery led the way for the Eagles with victories in the 800 (2 minutes, 18.81 seconds), the 1,600 (5:10) and the 3,200 (11:15).

Owings Mills also got wins from its 1,600-relay team of David Engorn, Justin Murdock and Robert Dennis and Jon Snyder (4:02.27) and its 3,200-relay squad of Engorn, Murdock, Dennis and Carlos Gomez (9:22).

That the Eagles mined at least two points from nine events brought a bigger smile to Vickery's face than his individual performances.

"We don't have that many outstanding runners, but we do have runners who work hard and do what they can to get points," he said. "If I don't do well in a race, it takes the pressure off me because I know my teammates will get points."

Loch Raven placed second with 61 points. The Raiders boasted a double winner in Quentin Burley, who won the 300 in 38.64 seconds and joined Desmond Powell, Kevin Summers and Durant Porchia to win the 800 relay in 1:41.8.

Other winners were Chesapeake's Kyle Fields in the 55 (6.6 seconds), Southwestern's Kevin Johnson in the 500 (1:14), Eastern Tech's James Saunders in the 55 hurdles (8.08), Western Tech's Orlando Freeman in the high jump (6 feet) and Walbrook's Charles Morris in the shot put (37 feet, 3 inches).

On the girls side, Western compiled 137 points, thanks to Shalaiyah Sommerville, Theresa Lewis and its relay teams.

Sommerville took the 55 (7.1 seconds) and the 300 (42.2), and Lewis won the 55 hurdles (7.9) and the shot put (29 feet).

Sommerville and Lewis also joined Keiristin Harrison and Tashana Johnson to win the 800 relay in 1:54 and teamed with Ayo Figueroa and Monica Halford to win the 1,600 relay in 4:31.

Figueroa finished first in the 500 in 1:31 and joined with Halford, Monae Stokes and Kari Edwards to win the 3,200 relay in 11:53.

Last night's Doves squad bore little resemblance to the team that fell to No. 3 Mervo in a Baltimore City meet last month.

"Everybody's healthy, and everybody's motivated," said Sommerville, alluding to a wave of the flu that weakened Western last month. "To me, we're still No. 1."

Loch Raven's Amy Blair picked up victories in the 1,600 (6:11) and the 3,200 (12:33). Patapsco's Rachel Borkman took the high jump by clearing five feet.

Western Tech was second with 54 points, Loch Raven third with 41.5 and Patapsco fourth with 34.

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