Hereford sweeps Baltimore County track championships

Bulls girls edge Catonsville, Whittington

boys cruise over Dulaney, Western Tech

May 09, 2010|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Hereford came away with a sweep in Saturday's Baltimore County track and field championships at Pikesville, finding different ways to use its depth and versatility to win both sides.

The No. 2 Hereford girls outlasted Zoey Whittington and Catonsville to repeat as team champions.

Hereford won only the 3,200-meter relay but still finished with 113 points to edge the Comets (107) — who captured seven of the day's 18 events.

Whittington won the 100, 200 and 400 meters and ran on the victorious 400-relay team to help score 40 of the team's points. The Comets also won the 800 and 1,600 relays, and Maya Torain set a meet record while taking the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches).

But Catonsville got only one other top-three finisher. Hereford finished in the top three in 12 events, and those points added up.

"We thought [no individual winners] was kind of fitting since it was an all-out team effort," Hereford girls coach Russ Drylie said.

Emily VandeWater was second in the 1,600 and third in the 800 and 3,200. She also ran on the third-place 1,600 relay.

Jenny Sparks took second in the 100 and 300 hurdles and ran on the 1,600 relay team. Rachel Abbott took second in the 800 and ran on the winning 3,200 relay team.

"We knew we'd have to have the perfect storm to win," Catonsville coach Sarah Sheetz said. "It was almost the perfect storm."

The No. 3 Hereford boys had an easier time, finishing with 84 points to beat out No.7 Dulaney (73) and defending champion Western Tech (70).

In 1978, the Bulls won their division when the county split the meet up, but this was the first time they had won the overall championship.

"We've always had a good distance program," Hereford's Mason Rivera said. "But this says Hereford track is officially a good program."

Rivera won the 3,200 and took fourth in the 1,600, and Ben Bemis took third in both races.

Hereford also got 18 points in the pole vault thanks to a second-place finish from Anthony Monacelli and a third-place tie between Kevin Payne and Brendan Martello.

In addition, Chris Nash and Charlie Ryan gave the Bulls 12 points in both the shot put and discus.

Nash was second in the shot and fourth in the discus, while Ryan took second in the discus and fourth in the shot.

"People will start noticing [now] that Hereford is a good track school," Bemis said.

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