W. Tech boys, Hereford girls capture titles

Track and field

May 11, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

The Woodlawn boys and Dulaney girls have long dominated the Baltimore County track and field championships. But everything changed at yesterday's meet at Pikesville.

The Western Tech boys and Hereford girls won their first county outdoor track and field crowns with impressive all-around performances. Hereford's girls won the indoor track title this past winter.

Jermol Dix led No. 4 Western Tech by winning the long jump (21 feet, 2 inches), 110-meter hurdles (15.06 seconds) and 300 hurdles (39.31). He also ran on the victorious 1,600 relay as the Wolverines finished with 115 points, easily beating runner-up Pikesville, which scored all 56 of its points in field events.

The Wolverines also received victories from Patrick Gilreath in the shot put (48-5.75) and Floyd Hawkes in the 200 (22.63). Western Tech also won the 800 and 1,600 relays.

"Now everyone knows who Western Tech is," Dix said. "They need to know that we're coming for them. We're moving up."

The victory ended Woodlawn's two-year hold on the county title. In fact, the Warriors had won nine of the past 10 county titles -- but they finished seventh on this day.

Western Tech coach Shedrick Elliott was happy with his team but said he's hoping it's the first step on a longer journey.

"Our goal coming into the season was to win the triple crown," Elliott said. "We wanted to win the county, region [Class 1A North] and states. That's our goal, and we're sticking to it."

For the girls, Jenna Cimino led Hereford to the victory. Cimino won the 800 (2:18.89) and 1,600 (5:12.42) and also ran on the victorious 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

The Bulls finished with 104 points to beat No. 5 Catonsville (93) in a somewhat bizarre finish. Catonsville trailed by one and had the top-seeded relay team in the day's final event, the 1,600 relay, but somehow the Comets didn't make it onto the track for the start of their heat and missed a chance at the county title.

"There was just a miscommunication," Catonsville coach Sarah Sheetz said.

Kellie Christian won twice for the Comets, taking the 200 (28.23) and the 400 (57.01). She also ran on the second-place 400 relay team. Kenay Sudler won the triple jump (32-7.5).

Sarah Koehn took the shot put (34-0.75) and was second in the discus for Hereford. Freshman Jordana Lehmann finished first in the pole vault (9-0) for the Bulls.

Baltimore City

The No. 2 Poly boys and the fourth-ranked Western girls repeated as champions in the meet at Mervo.

Poly continued its strong year by scoring 152 points to outdistance Digital Harbor (109).

The Engineers won the city title in indoor track last winter and went on to capture the Class 2A state title. Lee Reynolds led the way for Poly with wins in the 100 and 200.

Western didn't have much trouble in extending its long streak of city titles. The Doves finished with 131 points, beating out Poly (106).

Racquel Jones had a big day for Western, winning the long jump and the 200.

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