Wednesday, February 20, 2008
KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO Brendan Morales puts the shot in the state Class 4A indoor track and field championships in Prince George’s County Tuesday. His 51 feet 8 inches gained him second place.
LANDOVER - Brendan Morales has something to shoot for come outdoor season.

The Westminster junior capped his indoor track and field campaign with a second-place finish in the shot put Tuesday at the Class 4A meet, and chances are he’ll face the same top-notch rivals in the spring.

Morales threw 51 feet, 8 inches for the silver medal, one of only two shot putters to surpass the 50-foot mark. Gaithersburg junior Sean Stanley won the title with 54-11.75. He and Morales were the top two seeds entering the state meet.

Morales, who set a county meet record (53-8.5) and won conference and regional title as well, fell a little short of his goal.

“Not my best, but Sean is a good opponent so the best man won today,” said Morales, who threw 52-7 at the 4A East meet Feb. 5. “My plan was to beat him going into the finals so that I would have the last throw, but it didn’t come out that way.”

Morales fired his best throw in the preliminaries, but so did Stanley, a bulky junior who scratched on one of his final tosses that easily cleared 55 feet. Morales took some time alone to pack up after the finals and then chatted with throwing coach Nick Agoris, who stood on the sideline and encouraged his athlete between tosses.

Agoris said he has high hopes for Morales’ throwing success, and Morales will be competing in a national meet next month in the weight throw. Morales’ distance of 57-10 is ranked nationally and he has qualified for the Nike Indoor Nationals, March 15-16 back at the Prince George ‘s County Sports & Learning Complex.

Morales was disappointed that he didn’t achieve his state indoor goal, but said his performances this winter should motivate him for the spring, along with the chance of facing Stanley once more at the state meet.

“I’d say I kind of came out of nowhere this year, just because of how well I did early on,” Morales said. “I can’t wait to get back out there.”





BOYS TEAM SCORES

1. Quince Orchard 53, 2. Linganore 43, 3. Eleanor Roosevelt 42, 4. Blair 30, 4. Gaithersburg 30, 6. Richard Montgomery 28, 7. Wise 24, 7. Walter Johnson 24, 9. Flowers 19, 10. Bowie 14, 14. Westminster 8.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (top 3 plus locals)

55 dash: 1. Dennis Thomas (BOW) 6.53, 2. Alonzo Evanschase (RIC) 6.58, 3. Patrick Balderson (LIN) 6.64.

300 dash: 1. Brendan Etzel (RIC) 34.88, 2. Brandon Felder (OXO) 35.27, 3. Jonathan Haughton (MON) 36.38.

500 dash: 1. Wayne Bartholomew (QUI) 1:06.48, 2. Antonio Palmer (GAI) 1:06.62, 3. Michael Sesay (ELE) 1:07.36.

800 run: 1. Chris Moen (WAL) 1:56.77, 2. Daniel Edmund (ELE) 1:57.31, 3. Antonio Palmer (GAI) 1:59.41.

1600 run: 1. Neal Darmody (QUI) 4:22.74, 2. Russell Speiden (SHE) 4:27.11, 3. Andrew Palmer (WAL) 4:29.11.

3200 run: 1. Neal Darmody (QUI) 9:34.45, 2. Brian Graves (WLT) 9:47.2, 3. Brian Faherty (ELE) 9:51.83, 11. Ryan Taylor (WES) 11:02.34.

55 hurdles: 1. Ernest Cooper (WIS) 7.562, 2. Tyler Jackson (RIC) 7.564, 3. Cortrey Mazyck (SUI) 7.97.

800 relay: 1. Blair 1:31.73, 2. Eleanor Roosevelt 1:32.46, 3. Flowers 1:33.4.

1600 relay: 1. Flowers 3:31.03, 2. Blair 3:31.31, 3. Eleanor Roosevelt 3:33.74.

3200 relay: 1. Quince Orchard 8:03.88, 2. Eleanor Roosevelt 8:04.52, 3. Walter Johnson 8:09.41.

High jump: 1. Richard Graham (LIN) 6-02, 2. Leroy Harman ( WIS ) 6-0, 3. Owen Cain (GAI) 6-0.

Pole vault: 1. Shawn Myers (PER) 14-0, 2. Jacob Wright (LIN) 13-0, 3. Richard Wilkinson (LIN) 12-06.

Shot put: 1. Sean Stanley (GAI) 54-11.75, 2. Brendan Morales (WES) 51-08, 3. Marcus Brown (QUI) 49-06.

Reach staff writer Patrick Stoetzer at 410-857-7894 or pat.stoetzer@carrollcountytimes.com.