Westminster boys extend win streak to 23 county titles

Century girls also on roll, capturing second in row

Track and field

High Schools

May 13, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Westminster boys know that they are the team that everyone shoots for at the Carroll County track and field championships. And that's just fine with them. Now the Century girls are trying to reach the same status -- and the Knights appear to be on their way.

Kevin Teal and Desmond Wars helped the Westminster boys keep their streak going last night by winning their 23rd straight county title. Stephanie Dickerson and Teresa Yannone sparked 3-year-old Century to its second straight championship as the Knights pulled away at Winters Mill.

The Westminster boys had a tough time keeping the streak alive for the second straight year. Last year, the Owls edged South Carroll, 132-129, getting a huge boost when the Cavaliers fumbled the baton during a relay in the next-to-last event.

This year brought a similar story as the Owls were locked in a dogfight with Century as the Knights were trying to sweep both championships. But Westminster, clinging to a two-point lead with two events left, won the 400-meter relay and took second in the 1,600 to finish with 111 points -- ahead of Century (103).

"It's a tribute to the kids we have," Westminster coach Joe Guerra said. "We're really proud of the tradition we have. The kids go out and run hard."

Teal won the 200 (22.40 seconds) and ran the anchor leg on the victorious 400 relay (44.40). He false-started and was out of the 100 dash, but came back with the two big performances.

"I don't think [the streak] puts as much pressure as people think," Teal said. "I think we did OK, but not great. But we won, and that's all that matters."

Wars won the 300 hurdles (40.03) and ran on the 400 relay. He also took second in the 110 hurdles -- making up for fouling on all four of his attempts in the long jump.

Greg Reely and Tim Batts also ran on the 400 relay while Kurt Usdeth, Brian Craig, Josh Vana and Nick Wilbur made up the 1,600 relay team that clinched the meet championship.

The Century girls used a similar performance from Dickerson and Yannone to score an impressive win in just their third year of competition. The Knights finished with 133 points, far ahead of second-place Winters Mill (101), to earn a second straight title.

Dickerson won the 100 and 200 (12.39, 26.03) and ran on the team's winning 400 and 800 relay teams (51.30, 1:50.96). The senior wrapped up her Carroll County outdoor track career with 12 county titles -- 10 with Century after taking two with South Carroll as a freshman. "We were coming in expecting to [win again]," Dickerson said. "We did really well."

Yannone won the long jump (16 feet, 7 inches) and triple jump (33-8) and later ran on the same two relay teams with Dickerson. The two girls helped Century score 60 of its 133 points.

The Knights also continued to find points in several places. Freshman Ashlee Horst won the 800 in 2:32.40 while Danica Ratte took fourth. Horst also finished fourth in the 1,600. Dana Reeser won the shot put (40-0), but the Knights cleaned up with first place in all four relays.

"We have someone to cover in almost all areas," Century coach Keri Hymen said. "That's what really helps us."

Century has an unusual situation as its team -- both boys and girls -- have literally grown together since the school opened in the fall of 2001. This is the first year the Knights had seniors, and they've become leaders and set the tone.

The Century boys were just as impressive with their second-place finish against Westminster.

Chris Jones was the only Knight to win an individual event, taking the 110 hurdles in 14.75. Jones also took second in the high jump and fourth in the long jump and ran on the second-place 400 relay that gave Westminster a fight before finishing second.

Zach Reeser also had a big night. The senior ran on the winning 800 relay with Mike Fleming, Dyron Johnson and Chris Zittle, took second in the 300 hurdles, finished third in the 110 hurdles and also helped on the fourth-place 1,600 relay.

Brian Leiter of Francis Scott Key (800, 1,600) was the only multiple-event winner for the boys. North Carroll's Tim Wunderlich scored 26 points by winning the high jump and taking second in the long jump, third in the discus and fifth in the shot put.

The Winters Mill boys and girls also fared nicely despite being in only their second year of competition. The Falcon girls got two first-place finishes from Bethaney Perna (pole vault and discus, 8-6 and 103-3) plus wins from Sierra Saunders (400, 59.18) and Sara Sollott (100 hurdles, 16.25).

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