Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Flowers girls take second at 4A East meet

Roosevelt teams sweep

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When crunch time comes, the Eleanor Roosevelt High School track team is usually up to the challenge.

Tuesday night was no different. After surrendering the county boys’ and girls’ indoor track titles for the first time in four seasons on Jan. 24, the Roosevelt boys and girls captured 4A East Region championships at the Baltimore Armory.

The Raiders claimed first place in 12 of the combined 26 events (boys and girls). Roosevelt led the way on the boys’ side, finishing with 72 points, followed by High Point (50 points), Henry A. Wise (49 points) and Charles H. Flowers (38 points).

The Raider girls amassed 112 points, while Flowers (84 points) came in second, county champion Oxon Hill (69 points) was third and Leonardtown (45 points) took fourth.

‘‘We’re pretty pleased, but there were some disappointments we had,” said Flowers coach Carl Rose. ‘‘But we feel we’re leaning toward finishing up strong at states. Hopefully, we could have some really good training between now and then. A few things did not fall into place, and we hope those come into fruition by the state meet. There’s not too much you can do between now and then but finish out the plan you had when you began training in November.”

The top four finishers in each event will advance to the 4A⁄3A state championships at the Sports & Learning Complex in Landover on Feb. 19.

Individually, Flowers’ senior Imani Colbert came back in style, winning the girls’ 55-meter hurdles (8.73 seconds) after sitting out the event at the county championships Jan. 24.

Roosevelt senior Doris Anyanwu won the 300 (42.29 seconds), while senior teammate Tasha Stanley won the 500 (1 minute, 17.6 seconds) and fellow senior Brittany Ogun-Mokun took the 800 (2:25.9).

Raiders’ freshman Amira Johnson won the 1,600 (5:34.21) and junior Teshika Rivers won the 3,200 (12:31.90).

Wise senior Krystin Lawson claimed the 55 dash (7.29). Flowers sophomore Lorraine Graham won the high jump (5 feet), while her sophomore teammate Brelyn Finley won the girls’ shot put (34 feet, 3.25 inches).

The Oxon Hill girls won the 800 relay (1:50.20), while Roosevelt won both the 1,600 relay (4:14.40) and 3,200 relay (11:17.70).

On the boys’ side, High Point senior Leslie Murray followed his standout performance at the county championships by winning the 500 (1:12.09). He also won the high jump title (6 feet, 2 inches) with room to spare and added a third-place finish in the 300.

Bowie senior Dennis Thomas edged DuVal senior Ade Adeokun in the 55 dash with times of 6.67 and 6.68 seconds, respectively. Oxon Hill junior Brandon Felder won the 300 (37.71), while Roosevelt’s Daniel Edmunds won the 800 (2:09.10) and the 1,600 (4:50). Raiders’ junior Brian Faherty won the 3,200.

Wise senior Ernest Cooper won the 55 hurdles (7.29). Cooper’s teammates, sophomore Jeff Butler and senior Marcus King, captured second (44 feet, 7 inches) and third (40 feet, 10.25 inches), respectively, in the shot put. Bowie won the 800 relay (1:37.20). Roosevelt won the 1,600 relay (3:42) and the 3,200 relay (8:56).

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