Woodlawn, Hereford win county titles

Warriors boys led by Parker

Bulls girls get first championship

Indoor track

January 30, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

The Woodlawn boys and Hereford girls came up with different types of victories in last night's Baltimore County championship meet at the 5th Regiment Armory.

For Woodlawn, Dwight Parker won three races to spark the Warriors to their second straight county title. But Kristen Malloy and Marta Randall combined to help No. 7 Hereford get past No. 6 Dulaney for what's believed to be its first indoor track county title in school history.

Parker showed why he has become one of the state's most dominant distance runners. He scored victories in the 800 (2 minutes, 4.30 seconds), 1,600 (4:31.30) and 3,200 (10:11.60) and scored 30 of Woodlawn's 94 points. The Warriors easily beat runner-up Dulaney (47) and third-place Franklin (46).

Woodlawn got help from different places. Darereis Montgomery captured the 500 (1:11.60), and the Warriors also won the 800 (1:38.30) and 1,600 (3:44.80) relays. In addition, the Warriors got second and third place in the high jump with Denard Drew and Devin Gilmore.

"The key is to be balanced," said Woodlawn assistant coach Samuel Peal, filling in for coach Mark Pryor, out with an illness. "You can't rely completely on one person, but it's nice to have someone like Dwight, who's Old Faithful."

The Hereford girls again relied on their strength in distance running. Malloy won the 1,600 in 5:31.60 and the 3,200 (11:52.50), took fourth in the 800 and ran on the victorious 3,200 relay. Hereford won that race in 10:06.63.

Randall also ran in that relay. She won the 500 in 1:22.60, barely beating Katie Apibunyopas of Dulaney (1:22.80). The Hereford sophomore also took second in the 800 and ran on the Bulls' 1,600 relay team that clinched the team title by winning the race.

That victory gave Hereford a final tally of 87.33 points. Dulaney (80) was virtually tied with the Bulls heading into that final race, but Dulaney ended up fifth in that event.

"It's very difficult to compete against larger [teams]," Hereford coach Sam Bowen said. "You need a whole bunch of special athletes like we have right now."

Bowen said he's been associated with the school's indoor track program for about 40 years and said the team hasn't captured the county crown until this event.

Jenna Cimino also helped Hereford to the title. She finished third in the 500 and finished fifth in the 800 in addition to running on the first-place 1,600 and 3,200 relays .

Dulaney coach Chad Boyle said Hereford simply did more than his girls in this meet.

"We had some good performances, but not Dulaney-worthy," Boyle said. "They outperformed us - that's the bottom line."

Kwame Johnson of Parkville was the only other performer who won more than one event. The senior won the 55-meter dash in 6.68 and also captured the 300 in 36.90 to help the Knights tie Pikesville for fourth with 38 points apiece.

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