Arundel, Reservoir come up big

Wildcats, Gators capture boys, girls Challenge titles

Indoor track

High Schools

January 08, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - If the Arundel boys and Reservoir girls indoor track teams had hoped to surprise their rivals, they blew their cover last night.

The Wildcats lived up to their No. 6 billing and the Gators continued their run of success, the programs emerging as overall winners at the Anne Arundel-Howard County Challenge at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Arundel recorded 101.75 points, besting a field that included No. 2 Old Mill and upstarts Glen Burnie and Howard.

Granted, Old Mill left some of its more experienced athletes at home to prepare for the 41st annual National Guard meet Saturday.

But the Wildcats still claimed five of last night's 13 events. Senior Bryan Jones won the 55 hurdles (7.3 seconds) and joined seniors Travis Mayberry, Brent Johnson and Brian Gorman to take the 3,200 relay (8 minutes, 52.5 seconds).

Junior Trevor Marshall won the 55 (6.4 seconds) and teamed with senior Dominic Goods and sophomores David Matthews and William Johnson to win the 800 relay (1:38.1). Senior Shaun Bernard registered a victory in the shot put (41 feet, 7 inches).

Jones said he hopes Arundel will begin to be taken seriously.

"They're always talking about this team and that team," he said. "We're trying to put our names in the paper."

Centennial and North County tied for second with 64 points each. Centennial got victories from senior Ryan Reese in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and junior Jesse Rohwer in the 3,200 (10:41.8).

The Knights boasted the evening's only quadruple winner in senior Joe Wojciechowski, who claimed the 500 (1:10.6), the 800 (2:08.7) and the 1,600 (4:40.2) and joined seniors Ricky Fink and Mike Watkins and sophomore Steve Barnett to take the 1,600 relay (3:41.5). Watkins added a victory in the 300 (37.4 seconds).

Old Mill tied for fifth with Meade (32 points). Junior Chris Bryant provided the Patriots' lone win - in the pole vault (11 feet).

Reservoir's rise might be even more surprising, considering this is just its second season competing on the varsity level.

The Gators' 90 points included wins from junior Meredith Ely in the 500 (1:23.9), junior Brianne Hoe in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches), its 800-relay team of juniors Melissa Gardner and Jocelyn Sprague, sophomore Amanda Rogers and freshman LaKesha Manning (1:51.6) and its 1,600-relay squad of Ely, Gardner, Sprague and Rogers (4:23.2).

"I think we've grown as a team," Hoe said. "Last year, we were among the bottom of schools. Now, we've come a long way."

Atholton finished second with 64 points courtesy of victories from freshman Kate Nicholson in the 1,600 (5:46.2), freshman Alison Smith in the 3,200 (12:54.5) and its 3,200-relay team of Smith, Nicholson, sophomore Marquel Bowler and freshman Samantha Young.

South River placed third with 54 points. Senior Kim Konston took the 800 (2:45.9) and senior Jen May won the pole vault by clearing 7 feet, 6 inches.

Other winners included Glen Burnie senior Sheila Isong in the 300 (43.5 seconds); Meade senior Brittany Griffin in the 55 hurdles (8.7 seconds); Arundel senior Darlene Matthews in the shot put (32 feet, 11.5 inches); Howard senior Amber Arobo and Meade junior Kesha Pointer-Allen in the 55 (7.3 seconds).

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