Winning not getting old yet at all for Hilaire

13-year-old takes 200, 400 at Morgan Invitational

Williams sisters shine

Track and field

High Schools

April 11, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Don't look now, but there's another budding talent in track and field.

Elan Hilaire, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Owings Mills, bested opponents as much as five years older than her and won the 200- and 400-meter races at the Morgan State High School Invitational yesterday at the university's Hughes Stadium.

A total of 12 meet records were either set or tied.

Hilaire, who will attend Park after graduating from Sudbrook Magnet Middle School in Pikesville later this year, crossed the finish line in the 200 in 25.18 seconds and the 400 in 55.70.

In the 200, Hilaire defeated All-Metro indoor track selection and Western sophomore Shalaiyah Sommerville, Class 3A-2A state 55 indoor champion Jaquay Evans of Westlake and 4A-3A state 55 indoors hurdles titlist Tiffany Nesfield of C.H. Flowers.

In the 400, Hilaire upended 4A-3A state 300- and 500 indoor champion Takecia Jameson of Eleanor Roosevelt, her twin sister, Tameka, and Largo's Sirdonea Davis.

Hilaire's time in the 400 was just 0.21 of a second off the meet record set by Eleanor Roosevelt's Tiandra Ponteen last spring.

"I'm happy with the race I ran," said Hilaire, an American Athletic Union Junior National champion in the 100, 200 and 400 as an 11 year old. "I'm excited because I know good things are ahead in the future. I'm just trying to stay focused on what I have to do."

Another stellar performance came from the Williams sisters of Towson Catholic. Junior Rokesha Williams edged Nesfield by 0.08 of a second -- 1:04.09 to 1:04.17 -- to claim the 400 hurdles, and freshman Devon Williams set a meet record in winning the 1,600.

Devon Williams' time of 5:08.17 shattered the previous mark of 5:28.18 established by Bryn Mawr's Ellett George last spring.

"I just stay relaxed," Devon Williams said of her record time. "It's not a real big thing. Just an easy 5:08."

St. Frances senior Camille Coleman didn't break a meet record, but she did set a school mark when she cleared 5 feet, 6 inches on her second attempt in the high jump.

Coleman, a transfer from Poly during her junior year, eclipsed the previous school record of 5-4 established by Angel McCoughtry two years ago at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships.

"My goal was 5-4 today because at Wednesday's [B Conference group] meet, I got 5-2," Coleman said.

Western sophomore Theresa Lewis emerged as a double winner. She picked up victories in the 100 hurdles (14.65) and the 400 relay, where she, senior Destiny Martin, sophomore Shalaiyah Sommerville and freshman Leticia Wright won in 49.02 seconds.

On the boys side, Mount St. Joseph senior Ryan Audy not only took the 1,600 again in 4:32.53, but he also shattered the previous meet record of 4:38.32 that he set last season.

Unlike last year when he raced just six hours after attending the school prom, Audy got a full night's sleep and was well-rested yesterday.

"I got out hard and set the pace," Audy said. "I was kind of upset that no one came with me, but I buckled down and ran through it."

Calvert Hall had wins by senior Dustin Bauer (10:07.79 in the 3,200), senior George Panniell (14.98 seconds in the 110 hurdles), senior Jarell Clinton (42-11 3/4 in the triple jump), senior Rob Hritz (12-0 in the pole vault) and the distance medley relay team of senior Kirk Pruett and juniors Bobby Voshell, Gabe Ortiz and Bryan Bollinger (11:31.48).

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