Hebron girls, Howard boys win titles

Indoor track

January 27, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

LANDOVER -- The Mount Hebron girls used a lot of Liz McCarter while the Howard boys relied on balance to win indoor track team titles last night at the Howard County championships.

McCarter won three races and ran on a victorious relay as the No. 5 Vikings easily won the county title at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. Eighth-ranked Howard got points from several places for its first indoor title in at least 21 years.

Howard led much of the night, but Atholton pulled into a tie with one event left - the 1,600 relay. Atholton didn't score in that race, while Howard took fourth and finished with 88.5 points, edging the Raiders by four.

"We've been close before, but this year, there's something about this team," Howard coach Matt Clever said. "It was our goal to score in as many events as possible."

The Howard boys got first-place finishes from Tyler Wade (shot put; 45 feet, 3 3/4 inches), Chris Brewington (500 meters; 1 minute, 8.08 seconds) and Casey Medairy (pole vault; 12-6). Brewington took second in the 300 while Joey Thompson did the same in the 1,600.

The Lions had to hold off Graham Bazell and Atholton. Bazell won the 1,600 (4:27.63) and the 3,200 (9:36.37) and took fourth in the 800.

Reservoir's James Quentin had one of the best individual performances, winning three events. He captured the long jump (20-4 1/2 ), the 55-meter hurdles (7.82) and the 300 meters (35.37).

On the girls' side, Mount Hebron won half the events, coasting to the title with 116 points.

McCarter had Mount Hebron's biggest night. She won the 800 (2:25.06), 1,600 (5:20.26) and 3,200 (11:52.92), and led off in the victorious 3,200 relay.

The Vikings got help from other places. Freshman Eryn Donaldson won the high jump (5 feet), while senior Arielle Butler took first in the shot put (32-0 1/2 ), and classmate Kristen Haley won the long jump (17-2 1/4 ).

"[McCarter] may have led the charge, but she wasn't going to win it by herself," said Paul Ulrich, who coaches Mount Hebron with Matt Gittermann. "We had a lot of balance tonight."

The Hammond girls and boys had combined for two points in the past two county championships, but fared much better this time. The boys stayed near the lead for much of the night before finishing third with 68 points, just 20.5 behind Howard. The girls did the same thing, remaining close early before coming in second with 70 points.

The Hammond trio of Kim Humpbert, Jen Lozier and Nadia Bryan combined for 46 points in the 300 and 500. Humpbert won both races.

"The kids came out and they believed in the program," said Mark Reedy, who co-coaches with Rob Etheridge. "They worked hard and they were hungry."

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