Track or basketball? Comets' Whittington happy with choice

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December 18, 2008|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Zoey Whittington had a decision to make last summer: stick with Catonsville's basketball team or switch to indoor track.

Last winter, her speed and quickness helped the Comets win the Baltimore County basketball title. Still, she had been running since she was 7 and had a good track season last spring.

"It was a hard decision. It really was," said the sophomore. "I just said to myself I had such a good season in track and field that I should keep it going until the end of this year."

That decision paid off as Whittington set a meet record in the 400 meters at Saturday's Howard County Winter Track Festival at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. She finished in 57.74 seconds.

Earlier in the week, she won the 300 and 800 at the first Baltimore County league meet at the 5th Regiment Armory.

Her success isn't really a big surprise. She has been to the Junior Olympics four times and won eight medals, including three golds.

Comets coach Charles Priddy said Whittington took a little time to adjust after moving here from Anchorage, Alaska, when her father, who is in the Army, was transferred during the summer of 2007.

In June, Whittington and Comets teammates Kellie Christian, Maya Torrain and Naomy Ramos finished third in the 1,600 relay at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. The team was running sixth before Whittington moved them up in the anchor leg.

"She's having success because she works hard. She takes it very seriously," Priddy said. "She put in the work during the fall season, because she knew she was not going back to basketball. She's a leader, and she's big team player."

Warriors moving up

Most coaches of ranked teams wouldn't be very happy with a 2-2 record after four games, but Woodlawn's Eddie Green Jr. realizes it's all part of a process.

One of Green's goals was to upgrade the No. 9 Warriors' boys basketball schedule this season, so he looked for opponents that would help the team improve. The Warriors opened with games against Archbishop Spalding (a win), Bishop McNamara (a loss) and No. 2 Lake Clifton (a loss) as their nonleague games.

Although many think the experiment didn't work out well for the Warriors, Green sees things a little differently.

"We need to see if we can play at that level," he said this week. "Each game we learn a little bit more about ourselves. Our goal is to win the league crown and the state crown. Playing teams like Lake and McNamara will help us get better."

How is the experiment working? The Warriors beat rival Randallstown, 55-50, on Friday, then moved to 3-2 last night by defeating No. 11 Milford Mill at home. They'll play tomorrow night against visiting Parkville, which last year won the Class 4A North region, in which Woodlawn plays.

MIKE FRAINIE

Record-setter

Loyola senior John Davenport broke a

nine-year-old fieldhouse record by running the 500 meters in 69 seconds at last week's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland league meet.

He broke the record on the 10-lap-to-the-mile track by 1.9 seconds and also won the 55 in 6.4 seconds.

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