No. 2 Western girls make case with Hendricks title

Track and field

April 16, 2006|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

The Western girls track and field team's goals this spring include setting personal bests in numerous events, sweeping crowns at the Baltimore City, North region and Class 3A state levels and regaining the metro area's top ranking.

The No. 2 Doves accomplished one part of that mission yesterday as they showed their strength in the sprints and relays to defeat No. 1 McDonogh in the Freddie Hendricks Track Festival at Mervo.

Gonzaga beat No. 10 Arundel, 55-46, for the boys title.

Yesterday's meet pitted two of the most successful programs in McDonogh, the two-time defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland champion, and Western, the reigning Class 3A state titlist.

For a substantial portion of the past six years, the Doves have sat atop the track poll, but this past winter the Eagles overtook Western for the top ranking - an occurrence that did not please Shalaiyah Sommerville and her teammates.

"When we saw that they were ranked ahead of us, we were like, `How?' " the senior said. "We were going to prove that we're the better team. They're good, but we're supposed to be No. 1."

Sommerville and Theresa Lewis, also a senior, played significant roles in helping the Doves accumulate 64 points to outdistance runner-up and Pennsylvania state champion West Catholic by 14 points.

Sommerville captured the 200-meter dash in 24.66 seconds and teamed with Lewis, junior Letecia Wright and freshman Arryn Hopkins to set a meet and school record with a time of 1 minute, 39.81 seconds in the 800 relay.

Lewis accounted for another record when her time of 14.06 in the 100 hurdles shaved .02 of a second off the mark she set at last year's invitational.

"I was trying to do my best and get into 13," Lewis said. "I just took it and tried to run my best."

Yesterday's mild weather contributed to more than 25 meet records and two ties in the invitational's 36 events.

Record setters among the boys included Glen Burnie sophomore Justin Murdock in the 100 (10.89), Woodlawn junior Dwight Parker in the 1,500 (4:03.34), Glenelg freshman Daniel Tippens in the 3,000 (9:22.07) and McDonogh senior Jason Gross in the triple jump (46 feet, 2 3/4 inches).

Calvert Hall senior Tim Taylor joined Paint Branch's Antony Kironji in the meet record books as he tied Kironji's meet-record height of 6 feet in the high jump. In the pole vault, Arundel junior David Cross tied the mark of 12 feet set by Old Mill's Chris Bryant.

Arundel had another individual winner in junior Paul Bucknor, who took the discus at 132-1. And Gross claimed the long jump with an effort of 22-1 3/4 .

On the girls side, McDonogh junior Brooke Staton (36-2 in the triple jump) and Catonsville junior Jess Voss (7-6 in the pole vault) set meet marks.

New Town junior Maketa Ruffin won the discus with a throw of 99-11 1/2 .

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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