Broadneck girls take county title 3rd time in row

Old Mill boys win

Centrowitz, Yerkes grab 2 events each for Bruins

Patriots rebuff Annapolis

Indoor track

January 21, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LANDOVER - The top-ranked Broadneck girls showed their depth last night in repeating as Anne Arundel County indoor track and field champions.

Senior Lauren Centrowitz won the 800 and 1,600 meters and sophomore Robin Yerkes captured the 55 and 300. Both also helped on relays as the Bruins cruised to victory in the meet held at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Broadneck now has won the girls' title three straight seasons. Annapolis' boys didn't have as much luck in going for their third consecutive title as No. 2 Old Mill won for the first time since 2000.

For the girls, Broadneck coach Dana Dobbs just smiled when asked about his team's depth and how important it is to the Bruins' success.

"If everyone who shows up today to run, [runs] to the best of their ability, we're very, very tough to beat," he said.

The Bruins finished with 124 points, easily beating second-place Severna Park (99). Third-place Arundel was far back with 27.

Centrowitz repeated as champion in taking the 800 in 2 minutes, 23.3 seconds and the 1,600 in 5:16.2. She also ran on the victorious 3,200 relay team.

Yerkes, meanwhile, continued to make her first indoor season a success. A winner of last spring's county title in the 100, she turned in impressive efforts in capturing the 55 in 7.4 and setting a meet record in the 300 with a time of 41.7.

"I was hoping for a 55 win and a 300 win," Yerkes said. "I was a little nervous and the nerves are still there, but I'm satisfied."

Yerkes also took fourth in the 55 hurdles and ran on the Bruins' second-place 1,600 relay team.

The Bruins also repeated in that 3,200 relay, setting a meet record of 9:43.5. Kasey Jamison, Emily Nagle, Susan St. Cyr and Centrowitz made up the team, which won by 27.3 seconds over second-place Severna Park - a margin that might have been larger if Centrowitz hadn't held back a bit on the anchor leg to conserve energy for later races.

Old Mill also used its depth to capture the boys' title. The Patriots finished with 100 points to outlast stubborn Annapolis (73).

Kyle Rauser set a meet record in winning the 800 (2:01.3) and Old Mill also got victories from Anthony Littlejohn (1,600, 4:35.9), Chris Bryant (pole vault, 12-0), the 3,200 relay team (8:22.2) and the 1,600 relay team (meet-record 3:33.0).

"Depth has been the key for us all season," Old Mill coach Janet Liimatta said. "The guys are kind of looking at this as the beginning of the championship season."

Rauser's run also set a county record as he held off North County's Joe Wojciehowski by nine-tenths of a second in a tough race.

"I just ran out to run my race," Rauser said. "I was surprised that I ran that fast."

There were several other notable performances. Will Eden of Annapolis set a record in the 3,200 with an effort of 9:49.6. Southern's A.J. Lee won two events, taking the 55 (6.4) and high jump (6-0). Arundel's Bryan Jones tied the 55 hurdles record (7.4).

Nagle and Brittany Griffin of Meade were repeat winners on the girls' side. Nagle captured the 3,200 in 11:40.7 and Griffin won the 55 hurdles in 8.8. Littlejohn was the only repeat champion among the boys.

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