Western girls win Baltimore City track meet again

Digital Harbor boys win their first title since 2007

January 26, 2012|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The Western girls have started another streak.

The fourth-ranked Doves won 18 consecutive Baltimore City indoor track and field championships before losing two years ago. The Doves bounced back to win last year and captured a second consecutive title at this year's meet Wednesday night at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Carver's boys had won three in a row, but Digital Harbor ended that streak with its first city title since 2007.

Western employed the same formula it has used for years -- balance and depth. The Doves get a lot of points from a lot of places and finished with 139 to easily beat Northwestern (101).

There was a timing system malfunction during the meet that caused scoring problems and prevented the official final scores and results from various events from being announced right after the meet. The problem needed to be fixed after the meet ended, and the scores were released early Thursday morning.

Western won only two events but repeatedly got multiple finishes in the top five. Genae Butler won the 800 and ran on the first-place 3,200 relay with Nakiarah Johnson, Deja Geter-Jackson and Olympia Barbyayebwa. The Doves took top three finishes in nine of the 13 events.

"We've always had depth," Western coach Alicia Williams said. "We had a couple of things going on, so at the end of the day we're very happy."

Northwestern has improved greatly over the past few years under former long-time Western coach Jerry Molyneaux and took second. Elizabeth Harper helped with wins in the 55 (7.28) and the 300 (42.30). Imani Daye took second in the 300 and won the 500 (1:22.23). Northwestern also won the 800 and 1,600 relays.

Also on the girls' side, Poly's Lea Short won the 1,600 (5:51.84) and 3,200 (12:50).

The Digital Harbor boys won with 124 points, beating out Poly (98), and were led by George Flaviano, who took second in the 55 and 300. He also ran on the team's first-place 800 and 1,600 relays.

Michael Francis, Marquis Walker and Hakeem Muhammad joined Flaviano on the 800 relay. Quick Stukes, Wesley Hall and Muhammad all ran with him on the 1,600 relay.

Anthony Young won the high jump (5-10) for Digital Harbor, and Stukes took second in the 500.

"We have a strong group of kids from the 55 up to the mile," Digital Harbor coach Lutalo Bakari said. "We're training our kids to peak at the states. This is a warm-up for the states."

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