Local teams sweep Class 1A, 2A state indoor track championships

Western Tech girls roll to 1A title, Carver boys narrowly prevail, and Century boys and girls eke out wins in 2A

February 21, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

LANDOVER — — The Western Tech girls were having fun in the moments after the state indoor track meet ended Monday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. Laughing and joking, the eighth-ranked Wolverines spent several minutes taking pictures to celebrate repeating as the Class 1A state champions.

Carver boys coach Stephen Kimes and Century coach Tony Griner also wore smiles, but they were more of relief. Even though Century swept the Class 2A state titles and Carver took the Class 1A boys crown, they had a tougher time earning their championships.

Carver finished with 80.5 points and edged Catoctin by 1.5 points. The Century girls also won a second consecutive state title as their 52 points beat No. 6 Liberty (51), No. 10 Digital Harbor (50) and No. 4 Hammond (47) in a very tight finish.

The No. 5 Century boys finished with 47 points to nip No. 10 Oakland Mills (45) and Glenelg (44). Western Tech's girls had the easiest time, finishing with 81 points to rout Boonsboro (49). Sharon Dorsey won the 500 meters and Ashley Linton took the 800 while the Wolverines got two second-place finishes and a third in the relays to pile up points.

Griner stood on the track watching his boys and girls take a victory lap together. They combined to win two state titles by a total of three points.

"We don't have a lot of superstars on [either team]," Griner said. "I tell them that it's not the name on their backs, it's the name on their chests."

The Century girls got a big effort from Maura Linde, who finished second in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 for 24 points. She also ran on the victorious 3,200 relay — the only race the Knights won. Linde combined with Allie Dearie, Morgan Fagnant and Rachel Larkin in that race. Larkin also added a fourth-place finish in the 800.

Century performed similarly on the boys side. The Knights didn't win any events, getting just one second, but added four thirds to get 32 of their 47 points.

Nick Pezza finished second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600, Josh Titus took third in the 300 and 500, and Julian Woods was third in 55 hurdles.

That proved crucial as Oakland Mills kept scoring points and Robbie Creese gave Glenelg a spectacular effort. The senior pulled off the difficult hat trick of winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in one day, but Century's depth was too much.

"We know that, in just about every event, we were going to get points," Pezza said.

Carver used a similar style as Aaron Dove won the 55 hurdles and Davin Jones took the 55 dash, edging teammate Davon Tildon. Jones also finished third in the 300. Carlton Sheppard was second in the 800.

But Carver also set a Class 1A record in the 800 relay, winning in 1 minute, 31.97 seconds. Jones, Tildon, Maurice Taylor and Sead Richardson made up that group.

"I think our speed depth helped us," Kimes said. "It was the teamwork. They rose to the occasion again."

On the girls side, Long Reach's Aneesha Scott (55, 300) and Hannah Oneda of Winters Mill (1,600, 3,200) both won two events.

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