Southern-AA's Lee takes four events at Glenelg meet

Bulldogs senior star sets jump record, ties 100 mark

Track and field

High Schools

April 18, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Last year, Andrew Peresta claimed three Class 2A state titles in helping the Southern of Anne Arundel boys track and field team to a runner-up finish in the team standings.

This spring, the No. 10 Bulldogs' fortunes could depend on A.J. Lee.

Lee, a senior who ran in Peresta's shadow last season, won four events in the Glenelg Invitational yesterday.

Lee set a meet record in the long jump with an effort of 21 feet, 11 inches and tied a record in the 100-meter dash by crossing the finish line in 10.6 seconds.

Lee - named the invitational's outstanding performer in both track and field - also took the 200 in 22.1 seconds and joined seniors Tino Owens, Brian Moulden and Tony Belcher to victory in the 400 relay in 44.4 seconds.

"I knew I had to step it up because last year everybody was saying, `Peresta, Peresta, Peresta,' " said Lee, a first-team All-Anne Arundel County selection in indoor track and a second-team All-Metro choice this past winter. "I just know more people are depending on me."

Lee's record in the long jump came at the expense of his jumping coach, Ian Harvey, who set the previous meet record of 21-6 in 1998.

"It means a lot because we joke around a lot during practice," Lee said. "He's always telling me that I goof off, but I'm not goofing off if I'm breaking his records."

Besides Lee, the only other multiple winner on the boys side was Glenelg senior Drew Graybeal, who claimed the 400 in 50.1 and teamed with senior Phil Crehan and juniors Ben Krekeler and Tim Burt to win the 3,200 relay in 8 minutes, 21.5 seconds.

Middletown grabbed the team crown with 93 points. No. 3 Calvert Hall placed second with 75, helped by victories from senior George Panniell in the 300 intermediate hurdles (40.3) and senior Jarell Clinton in the triple jump (42-1).

Southern of Baltimore junior Gerome Jones continued his dominance in the shot put, winning the event with a throw of 47-11 1/2 , but teammate and senior Ryan Jones perhaps forged the most surprising victory when he edged Class 3A-2A state indoor champion Boris Roslov of Middletown in the high jump.

Both competitors failed to clear 6-6, but because Jones needed just one attempt to clear 6-4, while Roslov needed two, Jones was declared the winner.

"I just felt like I was in a zone," Ryan Jones said. "Going up against someone like him makes me a better jumper. That's why I got first place."

In the girls competition, Southern-AA boasted another standout performer in junior Ashley Riggs, who set a meet record in the discus with a toss of 118-7 and took the shot put at 35-9.

Glenelg Country senior Laura Walls took home the outstanding performer award on the track by winning the 800 in 2:22.9 and the 1,600 in 5:22.3.

Middletown won the girls team competition with 85 points. No. 4 Long Reach placed second with 54 points.

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