Western's Lewis takes 2 crowns

She wins 55-meter dash, 55 hurdles at Class 4A-3A state championships

Track and field

High Schools

February 23, 2005|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - When Western coach Jerry Molyneaux told Theresa Lewis in December that she would be running back-to-back sets of 55-meter hurdles and 55-meter dashes three times during each practice, Lewis didn't groan or roll her eyes.

The junior wholeheartedly accepted the challenge, and that strategy paid dividends last night as Lewis won the 55 hurdles and 55 dash at the Class 4A-3A state championships at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Although the Baltimore metropolitan area was shut out of team crowns - Charles H. Flowers took the boys title and Eleanor Roosevelt collected the girls championship - Lewis drew a considerable amount of attention.

Lewis, who has posted the fastest time in the 55 hurdles by a Maryland high school athlete this winter, captured the 55 hurdles in 7.95 seconds.

But her victory in the 55 dash in 7.13 seconds shocked even Lewis, who was the No. 5 seed before the meet.

"You have Michaylin [Golladay of Largo, the No. 1 seed] and Bever-Leigh [Holloway of Eleanor Roosevelt, the No. 2 seed], and they're so good," said Lewis, whose time in the 55 tied the Class 3A state record set by Jaquay Evans of Westlake last year. "I guess I just wanted it. I'm so happy that I won."

What makes Lewis' performance even more remarkable is that Lewis had less than five minutes of rest between the 55 hurdles and the 55 dash. Lewis credited her stamina to Molyneaux's practice regimen.

"He said it would help us with our endurance," said Lewis, who also teamed with junior Shalaiyah Sommerville and sophomores Kristin Harrison and Tashana Johnson to set a Class 3A state-record time of 1 minute, 43.06 seconds in the 800 relay. "It was tiring, but when I do a good time, I'm not usually tired. Today, I was a little bit winded, but I was excited."

Lewis powered the No. 1 Doves to a third-place showing, finishing with 44 points. Eleanor Roosevelt scored 95 points, earning its 10th state crown in the past 11 years. Largo was second with 53 points.

Westminster junior Trisha Repsher, second the previous two years in the 3,200, took the event in 11:15.84.

"I was, like, `When is it going to be my turn?'" she said. "It's a nice relief."

Perry Hall sophomore Jess Stadler captured the pole vault by clearing 8 feet. Chesapeake-AA senior Heather Millford, considered the preseason favorite to win the event, sat out with three torn ligaments in her left foot.

Gators senior Joe Dillard won the boys pole vault, giving Perry Hall a clean sweep of the event.

Dillard cleared 13 feet, 4 inches - the highest mark posted by a Maryland athlete this winter.

"I was psyched about getting 13 [feet] because I had been going after that for a while," said Dillard, whose previous best was 12-8. "Anything after that was a bonus."

No. 1 Old Mill fell short in its bid for its first state title since 1994, but the Patriots did not walk away empty-handed as senior Kyle Rauser took the 800 in 1:59.28.

"I didn't think it would ever happen," said Rauser, who fractured his right fibula during a football game in November and began practicing in January. "I didn't have high hopes, but I think I did well."

Old Mill placed fourth with 27 points. C.H. Flowers had 64 for its first indoor track state championship. Eleanor Roosevelt was second with 62, and Gaithersburg was third with 43.

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