Lee, Southern-AA sit in second place

Senior 1st in long jump, 2nd in high jump

Bulldogs trail N. Hagerstown by one

Class 2A track and field

High Schools

May 28, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A.J. Lee has high expectations.

Despite winning the long jump at the Class 2A state track and field championships at Morgan State University yesterday and watching No. 7 Southern of Anne Arundel assume second place after the first day of competition, Lee was less than pleased with his runner-up finish in the high jump.

The senior, who was the top seed in the event, fell to North Hagerstown senior Nevelle Pierre even though both athletes cleared 6 feet, 2 inches. Pierre was named the winner because he cleared 6 feet on his first try, while Lee needed two attempts to clear the height.

"I'm very mad," said Lee, who wanted to outdo former alum Andrew Peresta's three state victories last spring. "People picked me not to win, and I wanted to prove them wrong."

Still, Lee had a lot to smile about yesterday. Not only did he qualify for the 100- and 200-meter dashes with the fastest time (10.6 seconds in the 100 and 22.0 seconds in the 200) in his class, but he also took home a gold medal in the long jump with a personal-record leap of 23 feet, 7.5 inches.

Fellow senior Ray Matula added six points when he placed third in the shot put.

Those points put the South region champion Bulldogs just a single point behind North Hagerstown's 25 and in position to capture their second state crown in three years.

Glenelg was in fourth place with 14 points on the strength of its winning 3,200 relay squad of senior Drew Graybeal, and juniors Tim Burt, Ben Krekeler and Ted Halley, who finished in 8 minutes, 9.3 seconds.

"It's nice to start out on a great note," Graybeal said.

The Gladiators' girls team was also in contention after the first day. The South region titlists compiled 20 points to occupy first place despite not winning a single event.

Junior Jessica Hibbert said Glenelg, which grabbed state titles in 1993 and 2002, needed to accumulate points where it could.

"We're definitely looking for wins on Saturday, but everyone just has to stay into it mentally and pick up points wherever they can," she said.

Edmondson's 800-relay team of juniors Cherie Brown and Cierra Layne, sophomore Shawnte Dixon and freshman Diane Hunter set a Class 2A state record, crossing the finish in 1:41.8.

The previous Class 2A record of 1:42.2 was set by Frederick in 1981.

Edgewood senior Kamil Maclin corralled a state crown in the triple jump by leaping 36 feet, 1 1/2 inches, while Southern-AA junior Ashley Riggs won the shot put title with a throw of 117 feet, 9 inches.

Boys

Team scores: 1. North Hagerstown (NHG) 25; 2. Southern-AA (SOA) 24; 3. Stephen Decatur (STD) 18; 4. Glenelg (GLG) 14; 5. Fort Hill (FTH) 11; 6. (tie) Century (CNT) and Western Tech (WTE) 10.33; 8. DuVal (DUV) 10; 9. (tie) Edgewood (EDG) and Middletown (MID) 9.

Individual results: 3200-1. Arumugam (NHG), 10:04.0; 2. Evans (STD), 10:05.1; 3. Hamilton (STD), 10:09.7; 800R-1. DuVal, 1:30.8; 2. Century, 1:31.2; 3. Friendly, 1:31.6; 3200R-1. Glenelg, 8:09.3; 2. Middletown, 8:13.6; 3. Kent Island, 8:24.4; HJ-1. Pierre (NHG), 6-02; 2. Lee (SOA), 6-02; 3. Jones (HER), 6-00; LJ-1. Lee (SOA), 23-07.5; 2. Tillman (WTE), 20-10; 3. Pendleton (HVT), 20-08.5; SP-1. Root (FTH), 52-08.00; 2. Worthy (EDG), 52-04.00; 3. Matula (SOA), 50-08.25.

Girls

Team scores: 1. Glenelg (GLG) 20; 2. Stephen Decatur (STD), 15; 3. Century (CNT) 14; 4. Reservoir (RES) 12; 5. (tie) Edgewood (EDG), Edmondson (EDW), James M. Bennett (JMB) and Southern-AA (SOA) 10; 9. (tie) Friendly (FRI) and Winters Mill (WMI) 8.

Individual results: 3200-1. Canfield (STD), 11:49.0; 2. Hibbert (GLG), 11:59.4; 3. Hanlin (NHG), 12:08.3; 800R-1. Edmondson, 1:41.8; 2. Friendly, 1:46.2; 3. Reservoir, 1:46.5; 3200R-1. James M. Bennett, 9:37.5; 2. Glenelg, 9:42.4; 3. Atholton, 9:43.6; TJ-1. Maclin (EDG), 36-01.50; 2. Teresa Yannone (CNT), 35-01.75; 3. Spickler (MID), 34-07.00; DT-1. Riggs (SOA), 117-09; 2. Perna (WMI), 103-01; 3. Vidmar (RES), 102-00.

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