Bowie girls run away with state track title -- Gazette.Net


Talent and depth usually turn out to be a recipe for success in sports.

The Bowie High School girls’ track and field team put both traits on display on their way to capturing the state Class 4A outdoor championship Saturday at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The Bulldogs had qualifiers in every event except pole vault and 1,600 relay and piled on 92 points to cruise past second-place Thomas S. Wootton, which finished with 64.

Three months following their indoor state championship and a year after winning the outdoor, the Bulldogs reigned supreme, to the delight of longtime coach Richard Andrulonis.

“I’ve been coaching 31 years and this is the best team I’ve ever had,” Andrulonis said. “The thing is we’re so balanced, it’s unbelievable. We’ve got people in every event. We’ve got great coaches. We’ve got great athletes and we’re starting to get a number of athletes full scholarships. It was just an outstanding performance. It’s a nice feeling, that’s for sure.”

A big part of the Bulldogs’ success was junior Lexus Ramsey, who won the 100 and 200 meters after capturing both events at the 4A South Region finals a week ago.

“I mainly wanted to focus on my drive phase during the race,” Ramsey said following her 12.05-second finish in the 100. “I counted my 68 steps to the finish. I’m very satisfied because it’s my first state title.”

Bulldogs’ senior Antonella Taylor capped off a stellar career with a triumph in the girls’ shot put (42 feet, 3 inches). Taylor plans to attend Louisville University on a full scholarship.

The Bulldogs team of Briana Gooding, Taylor Williams, Janice George and Ramsey won the girls’ 400 relay with a time of 47.57 seconds.

George talked about how the Bulldogs pulled out the state title.

“A lot of people think our team is really big, but there are only like 10 of us and we’re all like horses,” said George, who took second in the 400 and 200 and plans to attend San Diego State University on a full scholarship. “We all do like four events.”

The Henry A. Wise team of Chase Powell, Kenneth Scott-Kelow, Chris Brizzard and Joel Thomas won the Class 4A boys’ 400 relay with a time of 42.83 seconds. The Pumas, the defending state champions, finished third this year behind Northwest and Clarksburg.

Class 2A/1A

Few in the state are as dominant in the 400 meters as Largo High’s Marcell Preston.

Preston captured his first two state titles of his career with victories in the boys’ Class 2A 300 and 500 during the indoor campaign.

Preston grabbed more hardware Saturday afternoon with his 49.41-second victory in boys’ Class 2A 400 final.

“I pretty much wanted to continue to do the same as I did during the indoor season,” Preston said. “It’s been the best season I’ve had in high school track and field. I wanted to do well to begin the outdoor season like I did during the indoor season. I just kept that winning perspective onto the outdoor season.

Preston also captured the 200 meters (21.64 seconds).

Frederick Douglass senior Modesty Lorick felt that calamity was unfolding as she step over the fourth hurdle in her girls’ Class 2A 100 hurdles final.

Lorick had clip the hurdle with her left foot and found herself in an unfamiliar position — third place — in a race she has consistently run in her career.

But the last 50 meters of the race Lorick surged to pull out a narrow victory in 14.54 seconds.

How did it happen? Lorick could not come up with an explanation herself.

“I don’t even know how I was able to pull it back together. I just thank God that’s all,” said Lorick, who took second in the 300 hurdles.

Lorick’s junior teammate, Anisah Teach, won the girls’ Class 2A long jump title with a leap of 17 feet, .75 inches.

The Douglass High team of Rico Gomez, Tyrel Harrison, Duane Levy and Devonte Williams took home the boys’ 1,600 relay crown in 3:28.01.

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association

State track and field championships

Team scores

Class 4A girls

1. Bowie 92; 2. Thomas S. Wootton 64; 3. North Point 50; 4. Bethesda-Chevy Chase 39; 5. Leonardtown 33; 6. Walt Whitman 30; 7. Clarksburg 29; 8. Oxon Hill 26; 8. Richard Montgomery 26; 10. Northwest 25.5.

Class 4A boys

1. Northwest 68; 2. Clarksburg 51.5; 3. Henry A. Wise 44; 4. Gaithersburg 42; 5. Perry Hall 33; 6. Thomas S. Wootton 32; 7. North Point 31; 8. Quince Orchard 29.5; 9. Oxon Hill 29; 10. James H. Blake 28; 10. Old Mill 28; 10. Severna Park 28.

Class 3A girls

1. Thomas Stone 55; 2. Howard 54; 3. Milford Mill 48.5; 4. Huntingtown 47; 5. Linganore 39.5; 6. Aberdeen 39; 7. South Hagerstown 37; 8. Urbana 36; 9. La Plata 32; 10. Tuscarora.

Class 3A boys

1. Mount Hebron 58; 2. Hereford 55; 3. Digital Harbor 43; 4. Tuscarora 41; 4. Watkins Mill 41; 6. Howard; 7. Linganore 33; 7. Thomas Stone 33; 9. Centennial 31; 9. Baltimore City College 31.

Class 2A girls

1. Oakdale 89; 2. Middletown 77; 3. Largo 74; 3. Liberty 74; Frederick Douglass (PG) 45; 6. Harford Technical 43; 6. Henry E. Lackey 43; 8. South Carroll 37; 9. Century 29; 10. Long Reach.

Class 2A boys

1. Century 111; 2. Long Reach 62; 3. Edgewood 51; 4. Frederick Douglass (PG) 41; 5. Oakdale 33; 5. Largo 33; 5. Liberty 33; 5. Patuxent 33; 9. Fallston 24; 10. Poolesville 23.

Class 1A boys

1. Perryville 95.5; 2. Boonsboro 90; 3. Pikesville 83. 9. Forestville 21.