Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Jaguars seek to make marks

After success in last week’s county meet, optimism is high

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The Charles H. Flowers High School track team seeks to be among a strong group of contenders at Tuesday’s 4A East Region championships at the Baltimore Armory.

The Jaguars’ girls had a solid county championship meet performance, finishing third in the points standings.

The Flowers quartet of Denae Ford, Jasmine Butler, T’Nay Williams and Camille Washington should end up with a berth in the state championship meet after winning the county title in the 3,200 relay.

Jaguars’ junior Sherreka Jackson is fresh off of a second-place showing in the 55-dash while Williams took second in the 3,200 at the county meet. Jaguars’ sophomore Lorraine Graham could figure in the high jump.

Meanwhile, Flowers’ junior speedster Nigel Rios finished less than a second from winning the 300 at county meet. Sophomore Dwayne Powell and Vibert DeFreitas should be strong favorites for state berths in the long jump. DeFreitas could be the athlete to beat in the triple jump after winning the county championship.

Bladensburg sophomore Petros Welday should be a contender in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Bulldogs in top form

While the rest of the county may not have been aware, Bowie juniors Casandra Bolden and Adrienne Tolson knew they could be a dominant tandem in the 55-meter hurdles.

The two have placed in the top three in virtually every meet and invitational they have participated in this season. At the county meet, Bolden finished first and Tolson took second in the county championship meet. They hope to carry over their momentum to 4A East Region championships, set for Tuesday at the Baltimore Armory.

“They both have been doing tremendous this season,“ Bulldogs’ coach Rick Andrulonis said. “They’re both juniors and both have put in a lot of hard work to get to where they are this season. I’m so proud of them.“

Bowie’s quartet of Tosin Babatundi, Dennis Thomas, Cyrus Britt and Emanuel Noumossie combined to win the boys’ 800 relay at the county championships and are taking aim at a spot in the state championships.

DuVal senior Ade Adeokun could be a sleeper contender in the 55 dash, as he finished second at the county championships.

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