Donadio on pace indoors in 3,200

Cross country pays

Wright sets record

Track and field

High Schools

December 18, 2005|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

Landover -- Michelle Donadio's success during cross country season is beginning to pay dividends in indoor track and field.

Donadio, a Franklin senior who earned All-Metro first-team honors in the fall after winning the Class 3A North region and Baltimore County titles in cross country, captured the 3,200-meter run in the Howard County Winter Trackfest yesterday at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Donadio won the event in 11 minutes, 35.03 seconds, outlasting Robinson's Anne Hovland by 0.78 of a second.

Much like at the start of her cross country season, Donadio said she feels stronger physically.

"My times right now are where they were at the end of last season," she said. "I started off strong in cross country, so it's nice to start strong in indoors, too."

Choosing to pass on her usual strategy of seizing the lead early, Donadio trailed Montgomery Blair's Halsey Sinclair for the first 1,600 meters before coming on strong. A late charge by Hovland wasn't enough to catch Donadio.

"I guess I have a mind-set to go out ahead and keep it," said Donadio, who also finished second in the mile (5:23.12) and ninth in the 800 (2:35.58). "It works for me."

Two meet records fell. Long Reach senior Brandon Wright shattered the mark of 23.26 seconds in the 200 set by Loch Raven's Kevin Summers last year by winning the sprint in 22.68.

Wright's performance - which included defeating Catonsville senior Garnell Hall, who was ranked 20th in the country in the 200 last winter - was so eye-catching that Lightning coach Pete Hughes said Howard University track coach Michael Merritt offered Wright a scholarship immediately after the race.

"He had a phenomenal day," Hughes said of Wright, who also placed second in the 55, losing out to Thomas Johnson's Terence Kerns by 0.01 of a second.

Wright wasn't the only Long Reach athlete to walk away with a first-place showing. Senior Charles Elmer won the long jump with an effort of 20 feet, 10 3/4 inches.

Atholton junior Andrew Revelle set a record in the boys mile, winning in 4:38.30. The previous mark of 4:39.49 was set by River Hill's Nicholas Keane last winter.

In the boys 3,200, the top five times - three of which were posted by Wilde Lake junior J.P. Allera (second place in 9:52.01), Wilde Lake senior Travis Boccher (third in 10:02.43) and Atholton freshman Graham Bazell (fifth in 10:12.01) - broke the previous record of 10:13.53 set by Woodlawn's Dwight Parker last year.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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