Century's Linde wins twice on first day of state track finals

May 28, 2010|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Maura Linde of Century was thinking about the number 4 on the first day of the state championship track and field meet. Pikesville's Sasha Smallwood had the number 3 on her mind.

Linde is trying to win four events in this state meet and got the first two Thursday, running on the victorious Class 2A 3,200-meter relay team and later easily winning the 3,200. Smallwood set a Class 1A record while capturing the pole vault for the third consecutive year on Thursday at Morgan State.

This was the first day of competition for the Class 1A and 2A schools. The Class 3A and 4A teams have their opening day Friday, while all four classes finish up Saturday. Century's girls are leading with 29 points, ahead of North Hagerstown (21). The Oakland Mills boys also are in first (35 points) in Class 2A, leading Walkersville by eight. The No. 5 Carver boys (45 points) lead Williamsport (26) in Class 1A.

Linde won the 1,600, the 3,200 and ran on the winning 3,200 relay at the indoor state meet, but finished second in the 800. All four indoor events were run in one day, but she won't have to run the 800 and 1,600 in this meet until Saturday.

"[Winning four] is my goal," Linde said. "But it's much better to do it over two days."

Smallwood won with a vault of 11 feet, 6inches — the second-best vault of all time in any class, missing the overall record by one inch.

"I'm really glad that I was able to go out there and break the record, even with a hurt ankle," Smallwood said. "I was confident in my ability to vault today."

Robbie Creese of Glenelg set a Class 2A record with his winning time of 9:17.28 in the 3,200. Carver's Tavon Barnes won the high jump (6-4), and teammate Jawan Parker won the long jump (22-4.5) to help the Bears make some noise in Class 1A.

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