Bowling Brook Prep pulls upset at Falcon

Nonprofit, private boys school takes 1st multi-team title since '01

Track and field

April 10, 2005|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Bowling Brook Prep track and field program has competed in invitationals and dual meets with little fanfare or attention.

That's about to change.

The Thoroughbreds defeated, among others, No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, No. 5 Glenelg and No. 8 Winters Mill to capture the boys title at the Falcon Invitational yesterday at Winters Mill in Westminster.

The girls crown went to No. 4 C. Milton Wright, which topped No. 3 Mount de Sales.

But the story of yesterday's competition was Bowling Brook Prep, a private, nonprofit school in western Carroll County for boys between 16 and 19 who have served time in the juvenile justice system.

An independent program, the Thoroughbreds have participated in the McDonogh Private School Invitational and been frequent participants of dual- and tri-meets with Carroll County schools.

But yesterday was the first time that Bowling Brook Prep had won a multi-team meet since taking the title at a West Virginia invitational in 2001.

"These guys are trying to prove that they can compete," said Thoroughbreds coach Joel Pechert, who added that this year's squad of 50 boys is the most he has had in the program's 14-year history. "I think we're becoming more well-known. It's grown steadily."

Yesterday, Bowling Brook Prep flexed its muscles in the sprints and relays, gaining all but 41 of its 122 points in races from the 100-meter dash to the 800 and the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays.

The standout was senior Donald Scott, a Baltimore native who took the 100 in 10.95 seconds and the 200 in 22.49 seconds. He teamed with seniors Stacy Clark, Chris Jones and Daitrous Ghee to win the 400 relay in 44.48 seconds and joined Ghee and seniors Malcolm Edwards and Tim Pryor to collect the 800 relay in 1 minute, 33.15 seconds.

"My expectation was to come in here and do my best," Scott said. "I wasn't going to let up for nothing. I wanted to push myself."

No. 3 Mount St. Joseph placed fourth with 69 points on the strength of senior Mark Shuck's victory in the 110 high hurdles (15.06 seconds) and second-place effort in the triple jump.

C. Milton Wright finished fifth with 67 points with wins from senior Barshied Bowman in the 800 (2:01.49), junior Dan Bailey in the 3,200 (10:09.77) and the foursome of Bowman, Bailey, senior Josh Kres and junior Mike Disney in the 3,200 relay (8:26.01).

Other winners included North Carroll senior Tim Wunderlich in the shot put (48 feet, 4 inches) and discus (150 feet, 2.5 inches), Francis Scott Key senior Brian Leiter in the 1,600 (4:39.68), Glenelg senior Sean Vance in the triple jump (42 feet, 11 inches) and Winters Mill junior Jordan Wike in the pole vault (12 feet).

On the girls side, the Mustangs powered their way to 110 points as junior Megan Ravenscraft captured the 800 (2:22.93) and the 1,600 (5:17.11) and teamed with senior Kelli Buck, junior Danielle Burcham and freshman Sara Bailey to take the 3,200 relay (9:47.88). Bailey added a victory in the 3,200 (11:38.54).

"I think a win like this gives us confidence," Ravenscraft said. "I know it's not the state meet, but good competition gives us something to work for."

Mount de Sales had 79.2 points courtesy of first-place showings from Ashley Duckett in the 100 high hurdles (14.57 seconds) and 300 intermediate hurdles (45.56 seconds) and the senior foursome of Duckett, Allison Baker, Katie Bowen and Catherine Grumfell in the 400 relay (52.41 seconds).

Winters Mill finished third with 75.2 points, thanks to junior Bethaney Perna, who won the long jump (15 feet, 11 inches), the discus (106 feet, 6 inches) and the pole vault (8 feet).

Other winners included Liberty senior Amanda Pizzillo in the 100 (13.11 seconds), North Carroll junior Tinsley Stokes in the high jump (5 feet, 3 inches) and South Carroll senior Carolyn Sunderlin in the shot put (34 feet, 11 inches).

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