Titles go to Meade boys, Chesapeake girls again

Track and field

May 11, 2006|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

The seasons may have changed, but not the names of the programs that collected the Anne Arundel County track and field championships last night.

The Meade boys team and the Chesapeake girls squad - both of which won the indoor county titles this past winter - duplicated that result and captured the outdoor versions at North County in Glen Burnie.

The No. 5 Mustangs, which claimed the indoor crown in January for the first time since 1997, ended an 18-year drought with their victory last night. Meade also ended Old Mill's run of five consecutive county championships.

The Cougars made perhaps even more momentous history by scoring their first county outdoor title to accompany the school's first indoor crown.

"It was again a total team effort," Chesapeake coach Skip Lee said. "We certainly have great kids, but county championships are not won by superstars but by a team effort."

The Cougars won just three gold medals, but accumulated 92 points to runner-up Arundel's 78. Britney Foreman, Erin Majerowicz, Jaclyn Hudgins and Courtney Lupinek notched wins in the 400 relay (50.97 seconds) and the 800 relay (1:46.05), but Chesapeake's strength came in posting at least one point in 15 of 18 events and at least 10 points in four of those events.

"We're good all around," said Foreman, who also finished second in the 100 and third in the 200. "We're always strong in everything, and that's what carried us through."

The Wildcats were powered by victories from Danielle McFadden in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) and Liz Baugher, Ali McCullough, Marissa McPhail and Lindsay Frostbutter in the 3,200 relay (9:54.55).

On the boys side, Meade compiled 138 points by scoring at least one point in 16 of 18 events.

"We're very balanced," coach Nigel Holder said. "We don't just dominate in one area. We have a little bit in the field, a little bit in the sprints and a little bit in the distance. When you put that all together, you have a team."

The Mustangs crowned Terry Marshall in the shot put (43-4 1/2 ) and the discus (134-11), Matthew Brinkley in the 800 (2:00.03) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (39.69 seconds), Malik Zafar in the 3,200 (9:52.10) and Dahmar Smiles in the 400 (50.49 seconds).

"Our coach told us that we weren't the No. 1 team going into this," Brinkley said, smiling at Holder's motivational ploy. "That just made us hungrier."

No. 7 Arundel finished second with 109 points and had titlists in David Cross in the pole vault (13-0) and Jerae Allen, Jamal Green, Marcel Keene and David Matthews in the 400 relay (42.89 seconds) and 800 relay (1:29.46).

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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