Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Clipper champs

Oxon Hill girls confident for regionals after winning county meet

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Raphael Talisman⁄The Gazette
Oxon Hill’s Deseree King (right) beat out Eleanor Roosevelt’s Brittany Ogun-Mokun for first place in the girls’ 500-meter run at last week’s county championships in Landover.
Oxon Hill High School’s girls’ track team has come a long way in a short time. The Clippers will head to Tuesday’s 4A East Region Championships at the Baltimore Armory after capturing the county championship on Jan. 24.

“This will go a long way in helping to boost their confidence level for championship season,“ Clippers’ coach Walter Cross said last week as his team celebrated its county title. “Our kids have kind of had a continuing issue that they don’t think they are as good as the are. Hopefully, this will help them for regionals.“

Clippers sophomore Deseree King — a 2007 Gazette-Star all-county first-team selection in cross country — looks to continue her versatile dominance and hopes to repeat her winning efforts in the 500- (1 minute, 15.5 seconds) and 800-(2:19.66) meter events.

King’s teammate, Evann Slaughter, looks to secure a berth at the state championships in the high jump(5-4) and triple jump (34-9.50) after winning the county titles in both events last week.

Slaughter also has a chance to qualify for the state meet in the 55 hurdles.

Surrattsville senior Davin Meggett, a University of Maryland football recruit, will look to place well at the 1A East Region championships at the Baltimore Armory Monday afternoon. Meggett won the county title in the shot put last week with a throw of 48 feet, 6.75 inches.

Also winning at the county championships were Friendly senior Lamaar Thomas, who won his second consecutive county title in the boys’ 55 dash (6.42). Friendly sophomore Vernatta Biggs won the girls’ long jump (17-1.25).

E-mail Terron Hampton at thampton@gazette.net.