Lee goes into books with Glenelg efforts

Southern-AA 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."

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

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.

Middletown won the girls team competition with 85 points.

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