River Hill rules: Girls defend title

boys rally to win

indoor track and field howard county championships

January 24, 2009|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

LANDOVER - River Hill pulled off a sweep last night at the Howard County indoor track and field championships. The girls had little trouble defending their title, but the boys needed a dramatic finish to earn their first title.

The No. 2 River Hill girls took a big lead early and never looked back in winning at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. Their 109 points easily beat Long Reach's 63 and Wilde Lake's 60.

On the boys side, the Hawks did not take the lead until winning the final event, the 1,600-meter relay. Roston Moore, Craig Morgan, Jordan Robinson and Adam Davis combined to set a meet record (3 minutes, 33.92 seconds) - outpacing the 3:35.00 ran by Oakland Mills in 2005 - to push River Hill (71 points) past Reservoir (69) and No. 5 Atholton (65).

The relay win came just after Morgan won the 800 in 2:00.06, edging teammate Scott Heydrick (2:03.62). River Hill scored 28 points in the final two events.

"We were both lucky and pretty good tonight," River Hill coach Earl Lauer said. On the girls side, the Hawks' Katie Harman broke a meet record in winning the 1,600 in 5:16.07. She beat the mark set by Mount Hebron's Liz McCarter of 5:17.70 in 2005.

Harman then won the 3,200 in 11:35.26. She hasn't lost a race at any distance this season.

The Atholton boys set a meet and county mark to win the 3,200 relay (8:10.98). River Hill held the previous meet (8:21.40, 2001) and county (8:11.20, 2002) marks.

Angela Mensah of No. 5 Mount Hebron set a meet and county record (35-4 1/4 ) in the triple jump, besting the 2005 mark of Long Reach's Tiffani Long (34-3 3/4 ).

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