Sprinter Cole bows out of meet

Defending 100, 200 titlist nursing hamstring injury


High Schools

May 12, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills' Tony Cole, The Sun's All-Metro Performer of the Year in indoor track two months ago, said he will sit out the two-day Howard County outdoor championships beginning today at Reservoir to rest an ailing hamstring.

Cole, a senior who is a three-time county Performer of the Year in indoor and outdoor track, said he injured his left hamstring during a dual meet against Wilde Lake last Wednesday and that the slow healing process is forcing him to hold off until the region and state meets.

"It's sore enough for me to worry about it," Cole said. "I'm not going to risk it."

So Cole will not defend the county titles he earned in the 100- and 200-meter events last season, nor join his teammates in their attempt to repeat as county champs in the 400 and 800 relays.

Perhaps more importantly, his absence weakens the No. 6 Scorpions' hopes for capturing their second team title in the past three seasons.

While Oakland Mills coach Bryan Winfield acknowledged Cole's absence will hurt, he promised that the Scorpions will continue to vie for the title.

"We're still going to run the meet as best as we can and see where the chips fall," he said.

Routine for Vikings

Another spring, another county championship for the Mount Hebron girls lacrosse team.

The No. 2 Vikings put the finishing touches on what has become a formality by walloping host Oakland Mills, 34-1, in Columbia yesterday.

Mount Hebron (13-0 overall and 10-0 in the county) collected its 14th straight county title - its 16th in the past 17 years - and extended its winning streak against county teams to 118.

"It's such a great accomplishment to be the champion 14 straight times," said senior goalkeeper Valerie Brown. "How many teams can say that?"

The Vikings, who own a 55-game winning streak against all opponents, take aim at what could be their 17th straight region championship and their 12th state title in the past 13 seasons.

Mount Hebron, which is seeded first in the Class 3A-2A North region, could get a boost from the return of junior midfielder Cassie Krause, who has missed 10 straight games because of a stress fracture in her right ankle.

Krause said she will replace the walking boot around her ankle with an air cast this weekend and hopes to practice with the team on Monday.

Guyton knuckles down

As if facing six different pitches from Long Reach right-hander Amy Guyton isn't difficult enough, the sophomore is developing yet another pitch: a knuckleball.

Guyton, an All-County first-team selection last spring who is 12-4 with a 1.50 ERA, 77 strikeouts and just 17 walks this season, said she began developing her knuckleball earlier this year.

Already comfortable throwing a fastball, changeup, drop, screwball, curveball and riser, Guyton said she has occasionally worked the knuckleball into her outings this spring.

"That's one of those pitches that you don't see very often," Guyton said. "It doesn't come straight in. It kind of floats in and messes [batters] up."

Guyton is a big reason why the Lightning (13-4) earned the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the 3A East region playoffs.

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