Gilman boys edge Oxon Hill

Track and field

April 15, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Sun

Depth and balance are important to any good track and field team, something the No. 2 Gilman boys showed at yesterday's Freddie Hendricks Track Festival.

The Greyhounds won four events and earned points from a lot of places to hold off Oxon Hill at Mervo. Gilman finished with 94 points, edging Oxon Hill (87.5) and clinching the victory with a fourth-place finish in the day's final event, the 1,600-meter relay.

On the girls' side, Elizabeth Seton and Largo tied for first place (72 points). Top-ranked Western was the highest local finisher, taking third place with 65.

Gilman outlasted the other boys teams due to the depth that always makes the Greyhounds hard to contend with. Jordan Love (long jump, 6.41 meters), Conrad Merkle (pole vault, 12 feet), Kenny Minn (discus, 127 feet), and the 3,200-meter relay team (Chris Sheridan, Andreas Gitts, Evan Bryant and Jabalini Blyden) earned first-place finishes for Gilman.

The numbers were more impressive because the Greyhounds were missing some people.

"We don't have a superstar," Gilman coach Johnnie Foreman said. "I've just got some kids that work very hard out there."

The discus showed Gilman's balance. Ben Eaton finished second while Ronnie Fredricks took sixth as Gilman earned 19 points there, a number that topped what 10 teams finished with for the entire meet.

"A lot of teams have just running or just field events," said Gilman's Jonathan Koch, who gave the Greyhounds four points with his fourth-place finish in the 400. "But we've got the nice balance."

Oxon Hill's Charles Johnson played a big role in helping his team stay close, sweeping the 100, 200 and 400. Reservoir's Quentin James (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles) was the only other multiple-event winner.

Park's Anders Hulleberg (3,000, 9:39.64) and Poly's Artavius Williams (triple jump, 46-9.5) were the other individual local winners. Woodlawn captured the 800 relay in 1:32.11.

Digital Harbor took third with 55 points, edging No. 6 Poly (52), DuVal (49) and Woodlawn (41).

For the girls, Leticia Wright helped carry Western to its third-place finish. Wright captured the 100 (12.14) and 200 (25.46) as well as the 100 hurdles (14.04). She scored 30 of the Doves' 65 points.

Wright beat out Paris Williams of No. 10 Aberdeen (26.08) in the 200. Williams also took third in the 400. Amanda Deller of Aberdeen finished second in the shot put as the Eagles continued their strong early-season showing with a fifth-place finish. The Eagles got 46 points, two short of No. 9 Mervo.

The Mustangs had the only other local relay winner on the girls' side, winning the 1,600 in 4:02.06.

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