Anchored by James Scheiner, the Westfield boys' distance medley relay team finished second Saturday at the prestigious Adidas Outdoor Championships in Raleigh, N.C., where the Bulldogs received a late boost from Scheiner to post the second-fastest time in the country this year.
Westfield placed second in 10 minutes 5.68 seconds, which was also the fourth-fastest time in the meet's 14-year history and about nine seconds faster than the team's previous best, Westfield co-coach Emily Utter said.
All-Met David Groff got the Bulldogs off to a quick start, running a 3:02 in the 1,200-meter opening leg to put the team of seniors ahead. Chris Black turned in a 49.5 in the 400 before handing off to Chris Courson, who ran the 800 in 1:57.8.
Westfield was third when Scheiner got the handoff, but he quickly caught and passed the lead runners. But with about 200 meters to go, Scheiner was caught by Dustin Voss, who pulled away to give the Spirit of Pre team (from Saline High in Michigan) the victory in 10:03.15.
"I thought I had the race won with about 200 meters to go, but my legs cramped up," said Scheiner, who ran a personal best 4 minutes 14 seconds in the 1,600 portion. "And he flew by me with about 100 to go. . . . We were still very happy. It was by far our best performance."
Fauquier's Sarah Bowman, the All-Met Athlete of the Year in outdoor track and field, won the 800 in 2:04.94, nearly three seconds better than her previous best and the nation's fastest prep time in eight years.
Thomas Stone All-Met Amy Bilmanis won the discus with a throw of 153 feet 1 inch.
"That was an incredible field of competitors," Bilmanis said. "I pulled it out on my final throw. It was kind of nerve-wracking."
C.H. Flowers All-Met Tiffany Nesfield was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.12 seconds. Jefferson senior Christo Landry, the boys' All-Met Athlete of the Year, placed third in the two-mile run with a 8:48.25, shaving six seconds off his personal best to record the nation's third-fastest time this year.
The Largo girls' sprint relay team of Kamilah Bossett, Sirdonea Davis, Jacia Montgomery and Michaylin Golladay placed third in the 4x100 (47.29) and 4x200 (1:39.91). The Eleanor Roosevelt girls' 4x400 meter relay team of Antoinette Arrington, Takecia Jameson, Carliesa Meakes and Tameka Jameson took third in 3:44.85. The Roosevelt girls'4x800 meter relay team of Takecia Jameson, Tameka Jameson, Andrea Wright and Jennifer Redman was also third in 9:09.09.
No Forfeits for Arundel
Arundel High School's baseball team will not have to forfeit its 16 victories from 2004 after a state appeals board reversed the punishment that had been levied by the Anne Arundel County Board of Arbitration in mid-May.
The county committee ruled Arundel junior first baseman Brian Hobbs, a transfer from North Caroline High in Caroline County, had violated county residency rules and was ineligible. But the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's appeals board last week reversed the ruling.
Arundel's 2004 record officially will be 16-5.
"We all felt all along that we did nothing wrong," said Arundel Coach Bernie Walter. "When we got the opportunity to present the relevant information, it was obvious."