Edmondson's Layne, Glenelg's Graybeal dominate at states

Southern-AA's Lee sets school mark with 4 medals

Class 2A track and field

High Schools

May 30, 2004|By Tommy Ventre | Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF

For Cierra Layne and Drew Graybeal, the final day of the Class 2A state track and field championships at Morgan State was one of redemption. For A.J. Lee, it was one of bittersweet history.

Layne won three first-place medals yesterday -- including the 100-meter gold that eluded her last season -- to lead the Edmondson girls to the best finish in their school's history, while Glenelg's Graybeal dominated two boys events to finally add some outdoor state titles after two years of winning exclusively indoor crowns.

Lee, from Southern of Anne Arundel, missed Andrew Peresta's school record of three first-place medals in one state meet, but his two top-two finishes gave him another school record -- four individual medals.

With Layne carrying much of the load, Edmondson's girls finished second to James M. Bennett of Salisbury.

The senior won the 100 and the 200 and joined Diane Hunter, Shawnte Dixon and Sherie Brown to capture the 400-meter relay.

The relay win helped the Red Storm vault past Atholton and Glenelg into second place, and it gave Layne four first-place medals for the meet. The race she was most happy with, though, was the 100.

"That was the one I really wanted," said Layne. "I missed it last year because I don't think I wanted it enough. But this year was different. I wanted that race more than probably any other race I've run."

Graybeal's best race was his last, a nearly four-second win in the 800 meters. He had won the 400 earlier in the day for his first outdoor state title after three indoor championships, but he made his mark in the 800.

"It occurred to me as I got out onto the track that this was going to be my last high school race," said the Elizabethtown College-bound senior. "I figured this was the time to really let it all go and give it 110 percent. There's really no reason to hold anything back, because this is it. It's a satisfying way to finish."

Graybeal scored 20 of Glenelg's 36 points, helping the Gladiators to a third-place finish behind Middletown (60 points) and Southern of Anne Arundel (49).

Lee finished the meet a two-time titlist, adding a win in the 200 to the long jump crown he won Thursday. But it was his second-place finish in the 100 -- after a bad start that he said was caused by a problem with the starting blocks -- that had him grumbling, even as his Bulldogs finished as state runners-up for the second straight season.

"The wins are nice, but I'm [upset] about the starting blocks," said Lee, whose team recorded 49 points to finish 11 points behind champion Middletown. "I guess it all evens out, but I could have had more."

Glenelg, Century and Atholton filled out the top five on the girls side. The Knights had two individual champions (Teresa Vannone in the long jump and Dana Reeser in the shot put), while the Raiders received wins from a trio of freshmen (Nicole Robinson in the 100 hurdles, Alison Smith in the 1,600 and Kate Nicholson in the 800).

North Harford's Rachel Knapstein won the girls pole vault.


Team scores (top 10 of 31): 1. Middletown (MID) 60; 2. Southern-AA (SOA) 49; 3t. Glenelg (GLG) 36; 3t. North Hagerstown (NHG) 36; 5t. DuVal (DUV) 34; 5t. Stephen Decatur (SD) 34; 7. Western Tech (WTE) 26 1/3 ; 8. Kent Island (KTI) 25; 9. J.M. Bennett (JMB) 23; 10t. Wicomico (WIC) 20; 10t. Francis Scott Key (FSK) 20. Individual results: 110H--1. James (DUV) 14.72; 2. Aldana (MID) 14.93; 3. Saunders (EVT) 15.18. 100--1. Church (WIC) 10.91; 2. Lee (SOA) 10.97; 3. Freeland (CEN) 11.00. PV--1. Okerblom (PKS) 12-06; 2. Chesney (MID) 12-00; 3. Farace (NHF) 12-00. 1,600--1. Evans (SD) 4:32.47; 2. Leiter (FSK) 4:33.40; 3. Coconis (MID) 4:34.06. 400--1. Graybeal (GLG) 49.71; 2. Moten (FOR) 51.01; 3. Wilson (ABE) 51.40. 300H--1. Hutchison (KTI) 39.89; 2. Papuchis (MID) 40.97; 3. Aldana (MID) 41.14. DT--1. Baile (FSK) 155-09; 2. Nelson (EDG) 142-11; 3. Magram (PIK) 137-03. 200--1. Lee (SOA) 22.03; 2. Freeland (CEN) 22.06; 3. Wills (JMB) 22.43. 800--1. Graybeal (GLG) 1:56.99; 2. Manning (MID) 2:00.13; 3. Hamilton (SD) 2:01.93. TJ--1. Pierre (NHG) 45-08; 2. Gilreath (WTE) 44-05; 3. Jones (SHG) 44-02 3/4 . 400R--1. Wicomico 43.60; 2. DuVal 43.80; 3. Western Tech 44.04. 1,600R--1. J.M. Bennett 3:30.12; 2. Winters Mill 3:31.38; 3. DuVal 3:31.54.


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