As Stonewall Jackson sophomore Adriana Harvey landed gracefully after dismounting the balance beam at yesterday's Winterfest Invitational at Colonial Forge in Stafford, she looked at Stonewall Coach Karen Lutman and shook her head.
"I got this strange look from her," Lutman said. "She then told me that hadn't been a perfect routine."
But despite a few wobbles, Harvey's score of 8.9 was good enough to put the finishing touches on both her all-around title and the Raiders' first-place finish in the team competition with a score of 99.625--nearly seven points ahead of Hylton (92.675). Host Colonial Forge finished third at 92.625.
"We were totally shocked when we found out we won--it was completely unexpected," said Harvey, who also won her division's all-around competition at last Saturday's Park View Invitational with a 35.775.
Because of the talent differential in the 14-team field, yesterday's invitational was divided into two meets. The Blue Division, which featured teams averaging 125 points and above coming into the meet, consists of Stafford, Atlee, Brooke Point, Hickory, Lee-Davis, Salem, Stafford and Woodbridge. The final six teams averaging 124 points or less--Colonial Forge, Hylton, Hayfield, Langely, North Stafford and Stonewall Jackson--made up the Green Division.
Stafford won the Blue Division for the second straight week with 113.775 points, beating Atlee (111.09) and Woodbridge (103.8). Atlee's Emma Cross won all four events to win the all-around competition with a 38.9, edging Stafford's Sarah Brown (38.25) and Angel Dodson (38.075).
"This meet really shows what we are capable of doing," Stafford Coach Shawn Smith said. "Our goal is to get better each week. And over the past two weeks we are doing just that."
Yesterday's meet also was scored differently than most invitationals, as only the top three scores from each team's four gymnasts counted. At most meets all four scores are counted.
That boded well for the Raiders, as the team learned this week that standout freshman Laura Hancock may be lost for the season with a possible stress fracture in her back. "If all scores counted, it would have been very, very questionable if we would have won," Lutman said.
Stonewall's Harvey won the Green Division's all-around competition with a career-high 36.65, highlighted by a 9.3 on the uneven bars. Junior teammate Jenny Winger finished second for the second consecutive week with a 36, highlighted by a 9.55 on the vault.
-- Jon Gallo
Last season, the Bowie girls swim team captured the Prince George's County championship by edging Roosevelt in the meet's last event--the 400 freestyle--thus ending the Raiders' 12-year county winning streak.
Yesterday, in their first meeting since, Roosevelt defeated Bowie, 93-76, in a double dual meet at Prince George's Community College, which also featured Oxon Hill.
Roosevelt's 400-freestyle relay, led by Casey Connor, Kathryn Gold, Courtney Dantone and Linneah Reidlinger, who also won the 200 and 500 freestyle events, finished first in 3 minutes 49.02 seconds.
Roosevelt also beat Oxon Hill, 134-35, and placed first in all of its events except the 100 backstroke. Dantone led off the relay, swimming head to head with her competitor, and was followed by Connor, who extended the lead to a length. Gold then took a commanding three-length lead and Reidlinger, an All-Met honorable mention last year, easily anchored the finish.
"A lot of us got more psyched after [last year's loss]," said Gold, who also took first in the 200-individual medley and the 100 butterfly. "We wanted to beat them."
Dantone, a freshman, was impressive in the 500 freestyle, the most grueling event, capturing second place. Said Renyer: "As a freshman, getting someone with that kind of talent? It's only going to get better."
The Roosevelt boys won all of their events yesterday except for the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, defeating Oxon Hill, 118-48, and Bowie, 111-56.
"We have a lot of depth, and we tend to swim better against Bowie," Renyer said. "They got us last year and we wanted to make sure it was a one-time thing."
-- Aruna Jain
Gymnastics and swimming results, Page D17
Track and Field
Northern senior Chris Parsons's shot put toss of 59 feet 11 inches at yesterday's 38th Maryland National Guard Scholastic Games at the Fifth Regiment Armory shattered a 25-year-old record by over two feet.
"When I saw 59 feet on that side of the toeboard I started to get excited," said Parsons, who bettered the meet's previous record on all three tosses yesterday. "Now I am going to have to work my butt off to get to 60 [feet]."
Despite not having a single individual winner, Gaithersburg won the boys team title for the first time in school history with 30 points. Oakland Mills, behind junior All-Met Kyle Farmer's win in the 55 meter dash (6.3 seconds), was second with 29 points.
Dulaney won its first girls team title with 59 points. Long Reach was second with 38, thanks in part to the meet's lone double individual winner, senior Cynthia Nicholls. Nicholls won the 55 meter hurdles in 8.6 seconds and the high jump at 5-5.
The meet featured 74 schools and 1,439 athletes from Maryland.
Parsons, who has unofficially committed to William & Mary, has gone undefeated this season. He won the shot put at the Microtel Invitational at Virginia Tech with his previous best throw of 57-5.
-- Bryan Tucker
West Potomac senior Pat Cronin went 3-0 and got his 100th career wrestling victory last night in a quad meet at Marshall High.
Cronin (25-1) notched his 100th victory in the team's first match against T.C. Williams, pinning Barry Alexander in 1 minute 43 seconds. The 125-pounder also pinned Marshall's David Friedman and earned an 18-3 technical fall over Lee's Brian Wilson.
"Pat is a beast," said West Potomac Coach Rick Seipp, whose team went 3-0 last night. "He has an unusual combination of strength and technique, and he really hates to lose. He's one of the best wrestlers I've ever coached."
Cronin, whose career record is 102-20, is the second wrestler in school history to win 100 matches. Tommy Ruff was a four-time district champion and won more than 105 matches in the late 1980s.
Cronin placed second in the district his freshman season at 103. He finished sixth in the Northern Region his sophomore year at 112 and won 28 matches last season at 119. He would have been the No. 1 seed in the district tournament last season but got mononucleosis and was unable to compete.
"I think he would have gone to states last year if he hadn't gotten sick," Seipp said. "He's just a very talented wrester."
-- Greg Brice