Dulaney boys stop Hereford's title streak in Baltimore County indoor track

Hereford girls win indoor championship for eighth straight year

January 23, 2014|By Craig Clary, Baltimore Sun Media Group

For the eighth straight year, Hereford's girls prevailed at the Baltimore County track and field championships at the Maryland National Guard's Fifth Regiment Armory.

The No. 2 Bulls prevailed in a star-studded field that included four teams ranked in the top 10 of The Baltimore Sun poll and six in the top 15.

In the boys meet, No. 9 Dulaney ended top-ranked Hereford's streak of county championships at four straight.

The Lions won their first county title since 2008 in a field that included two teams ranked in the top 10 and four in the top 15.

Before the 1,600-meter run early in the meet, Hereford girls coach Brad Duvall said: "This is going to be a clinching race for us."

He proved to be prophetic, as the Bulls scored 20 points in the event and built a lead they never relinquished.

"Once that happened I was pretty confident," said Duvall, whose squad finished with 89 points.

No. 9 Milford Mill (78), No. 8 Western Tech (64), No. 4 Dulaney (44) and Franklin (40) rounded out the top five.

Senior Sarah Ashwood overtook Dulaney's Isabel Griffith in the final 100 meters and won the 1600 in a personal-best time of 5:09.60.

Griffith clocked 5:09.90 and Ashwood's running mates Erin Causey and Sarah Coffey were third and fourth for the champions.

"My strategy was to stay with her [Griffith] the whole time and kick at the end," Ashwood said. "She kept the pace. It was awesome. She's a great runner."

Griffith came back and won the 3,200-meter dash in 11:25.50.

Western Tech senior Sharon Dorsey also had an outstanding meet, setting a meet record in the 300 (40.70) and winning the 500 (1:18.50).

Dorsey's Wolverine teammate, Rebeka Holt, broke a meet record in the 800, previously set by Dulaney's Amanda White in 1993.

The Milford Mill girls were led by individual champions Toni Brown (55-meter dash) and Medinah Spencer (55-meter hurdles).

Franklin's Olivia Gruver set a meet record in pole vault (12 feet, six inches) and her Indian teammates Amanda Murphy and Christine Agoris went one-two in shot put.

Randallstown's Janae Ogelsby won the high jump.

Hereford's quartet of Melissa Meehling, Lacey Brown, Alicia Kozlowski and Meghan Anderson set a positive tone for the night by capturing the 3,200-meter relay.

Milford Mill won the 1,600-meter relay and Western Tech won the 800-meter relay.

The Dulaney boys captured its first title since 2008 with 71.50 points. They were followed by: No. 1 Hereford (62.50), Franklin (55), New Town (43), Catonsville and Milford Mill (tie-30).

"We had a very strong cross country team and that power showed on the track," Dulaney coach Chad Boyle said.

Eric Walz won the 3,200-meter dash and teammates Adolfo Carvalho (third) and Nick Bond (fourth) scored big for the Lions in the 1,600, while Andrew King (second) and Austin Carey (fourth) contributed in the 3,200 for the Lions.

Tionne Barmer was second in the 55-meter hurdles and Ben Huang was third in pole vault for the Lions.

"Tionne is one of the best hurdlers in the state," Boyle said

Western Tech's Carrington Akosa is one of the top sprinters. He captured the 300-meter dash and 55-meter dash in convincing fashion.

"The 300 has always been my best race, but the 55 is a short and sweet race," said Akosa, who will run at Princeton next year. "I'm happy with what happened here today."

Milford Mill's Leon Jordan was also a double champion, winning the 1,600 and 800.

Other individual winners for the boys included: Franklin's Darin Berry (500), Hereford's Jamal Cody (55 hurdles), Patapsco's Lyndale Bethea (high jump), Catonsville's Austin Pleyo (pole vault) and Franklin's Brennan Mason (shot put).

Boys relays were won by Catonsville (3,200), Franklin (1,600) and meet-record-setting New Town (800).

Boys team scores (top 5) 1. Dulaney, 71.50; 2. Hereford, 62.5. 3. Franklin, 55; 4. New Town 43; 5. Catonsville, Milford Mill 30 (tie).

55 dash: 1. Akosa (WT), 6.69; 2. Stewart (NT), 6.82: 3. Jones (MM), 6.91.

300: 1. Akosa (WT), 36.50; 2. Cody (Her), 38.10; 3. Jones (Fra), 38.40.

500: 1. Berry (Fra), 1:10.30; 2. Oridedi (NT), 1:10.70; 3. VandeWater (Her), 1:22.60.

800: 1. Jordan (MM), 2:04.00; 2. Berry (Fra), 2:06.60; 3. Oridedi (NT), 2:05.00.

1,600: 1. Jordan (MM), 4:35.20; 2. Walz (Dul), 4:36.30; 3. Carvalho (Dul), 4:39.10.

3,200: 1. Walz (Dul), 9:59.50; 2. King (Dul), 10:21.70; 3. Burbridge (PH), 10:25.70.

55 hurdles: 1. Cody (Her), 8.00; 2. Barmer (Dul), 8.06; 3. Lewis (Pik), 8.23.

800 relay: 1. Dulaney, 1:30.96; 2. Franklin, 1:30.96; 3. Hereford, 1:31.63.

1,600 relay: 1. Franklin, 3:39.70; 2. Woodlawn, 3:40.80; 3. Western Tech, 3:41.80.

3,200 relay: 1. Catonsville, 8:54.50; 2. Dulaney, 8:56.50; 3. Hereford, 9:22.40.

Shot Put: 1. Mason (Fra), 42-10.5; 2. Nash (Her), 42-01-75; 3. Delker (Cat), 41-05.

Pole vault: 1. Pleyo (Cat), 11-0; 2. Spencer (Her), 10-6; 3. Huang (Dul), 10-6.

High jump: 1. Bethea (Pat), 6-2; 2. Gee (Her), 5-10; 3. Dunston (Pik), 5-10.

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