Broadneck girls: 5th county title in row

Severna Park is second

Old Mill's boys capture fourth straight crown

Track and field

High Schools

May 13, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Broadneck girls' bid for a fifth consecutive Anne Arundel County championship in track and field wasn't going to be easy. And that suited the Bruins just fine.

Despite stiff challenges from Severna Park and Meade, No. 2 Broadneck accrued enough points in the sprints, long-distance races and relays to capture its fifth straight title last night at Chesapeake.

The boys crown went to Old Mill for the fourth consecutive year. The No. 2 Patriots' 146 points were 58 points better than their nearest competitor.

The margin of victory wasn't nearly as comfortable for the Broadneck girls, who nursed a nine-point lead over Severna Park with one final event -- the 1,600-meter relay -- left.

Needing just to stay close to the Falcons, Broadneck elected to use seniors Lauren Centrowitz and Susan St. Cyr and sophomores Kasey Jamison and Robin Yerkes.

The foursome (4 minutes, 9 seconds) finished second to Severna Park's squad of seniors Kerry Girona, Katie Hannum and Annie Winstanley and sophomore Jennine Strange (4:05.6), but it was enough to give the Bruins 105 points and the championship. Severna Park finished second with 98 points.

"We kind of knew it was going to be hard going in," Yerkes said. "But I enjoy running it down to the last race. It makes it more exciting."

Yerkes and Centrowitz registered two victories each for Broadneck. Yerkes claimed the 100 (12.1 seconds) and the 200 (25.3), and Centrowitz placed first in the 800 (2:18.3) and the 3,200 (10:57.3). Jamison won the 1,600 (5:23.5).

Severna Park earned victories from Strange in the 400 (57.1) and its 3,200-relay team of senior Kristen Hicks, junior Casey-Shea Stephens, sophomore Rebecca Myers and freshman Christina Pellegrini (10:12.2).

Meade finished third with 94 points thanks to three wins from senior Brittany Griffin. She took the 100 high hurdles (15.0), the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.5) and the long jump (17 feet, 2 1/2 inches).

The Mustangs also posted victories from its 400 relay squad of juniors Elani Odeyale and Lekesha Pointer-Allen and freshmen Jennie Barbett and Montwaynise McLaughlin (50.6) and its 800 relay team of junior Brittany Clark, Pointer-Allen, Barbett and McLaughlin (1:45.6).

Other county champions included Southern junior Ashley Riggs in the shot put (37-5 3/4 ) and the discus throw (113-9); South River sophomore Krysta Porterlott in the high jump (5-0); Arundel senior Darlene Matthews in the triple jump (32-9 1/2 ); Chesapeake junior Heather Millford in the pole vault (9-6, which tied a meet record set by Annapolis' Calynn Offer in 2002).

On the boys side, Old Mill -- which has won 20 of the past 28 county titles -- boasted a double champion in senior Anthony Littlejohn, who claimed the 800 (1:56.3) and the 1,600 (4:25.0).

"This is in preparation for states," he said. "We're trying to get a banner on that wall."

Patriots senior Kevin Barnes won the high jump (6-2) and joined senior Devin Bradley, junior Ethan Burney and sophomore Ryan Callahan to win the 400 relay (42.8 seconds).

Seniors Darnell Dixon and Matt Taby teamed with senior David Price and sophomore Steve Holmes to take the 1,600 relay (3:28.6) and with junior Kyle Rauser and sophomore Chris Bridges to claim the 3,200 relay (8:11.3).

Southern finished second with 88 points courtesy of three victories from senior A.J. Lee in the 100 (10.7), 200 (21.8) and the long jump (22-11). Senior Ray Matula chipped in with a win in the discus throw (136-9).

Arundel senior Bryan Jones, who won the 300 hurdles (38.4), set a meet record in the 110 high hurdles when he crossed the finish line in 13.7 seconds. That time broke the previous record of 13.8 set in 1993.

Chesapeake's trio of juniors -- John McNair (11-0), Jay McNair (10-6) and Josh O'Keefe (9-0) -- went 1-2-3 in the pole vault.

Other county champions included Broadneck junior Devin Regan in the 400 (49.9); Northeast senior Klayton Lipman in the 3,200 (9:44.4); Annapolis senior Eric Herndon in the triple jump (44-4); Meade senior Will Brown in the shot put (46-2); and Chesapeake junior John McNair in the pole vault (11-0).

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