Three area teams win state track titles

Century, Western Tech girls, Carver boys earn first crowns

February 22, 2010|By Jeff Seidel | Special to The Baltimore Sun

LANDOVER -- Three are teams found different paths to their first indoor track state championships at Monday night's title meet for Class 1A and 2A schools at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.

The Century girls relied heavily on Maura Linde's distance-running skills to win the Class 2A title. Western Tech's girls took the Class 1A crown, thanks to a solid team effort, and the Carver boys got help from Jawan Parker and others for their Class 1A championship.

Linde led the way for Century in Class 2A. The junior won the 1,600 (5:13.17) and 3,200 (11:27.70), took second in the 800 and also ran on the victorious 3,200 relay (9:52.53). She helped account for 38 of the team's 47.5 points. The Knights needed all of them, edging North Hagerstown (45) and Long Reach (44).

"She carries a lot of weight," said Century coach Tony Griner. "I've never seen anybody work as hard."

Western Tech won the boys state title last year using a similar formula to what the girls employed in this meet -- a lot of points from a lot of places, which helped the Wolverines finish with 62 points to beat out Smithsburg (58).

The Wolverines' wins in both the 1,600 and 3,200 relays (10:28.14) were their only victories. But they got help from people like Niema Eaves (second in the 800 and 1,600) along with Ashley Linton (second in 500 and ran on the 3,200 relay) and Lena Titanji (ran on both winning relays).

"They improved as the season progessed," said Western Tech coach Shedrick Elliott. "We were able to get the quality points today."

Parker played a big role as Carver's boys finished with 69.83 points to beat out city rival Northwestern (63). He won the 55-meter dash (6.61 seconds) and also ran the anchor leg on the winning 800 relay (1:33.02).

But the Bears also got help from Tavon Barnes (second in the high jump) and others who in events like 3,200 relay (second place).

"It was just a complete team effort," said Carver coach Stephen Kines. "This is our dessert; we're ready for the appetizer -- that's outdoor track."

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