Meade Manages Second Place In National Guard Meet

Pole-vaulting Twins Finish First And Third

January 21, 1991|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff writer

Meade's boys track team couldn't pull off its third straight National Guard meet title, but it did manage to avenge its 101-86.5 loss to Old Mill in a meet earlier this season.

Meade's pole-vaulting Miller twins, Jeff and Eric, finished first and third, respectively. Highjumper Derrick Barr and 800-meter runner Ray Burleson each took second place to lead the Mustangs (37.5 points) to a runner-up finish behind Eleanor Roosevelt (40).

Old Mill (35 points) finished in third place.

"We scored basically what we thought we could have. Those are points we expect to getevery time we run," said Meade coach Jay Cuthbert, whose boys team competed among 80 others at Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory Saturday.

"We're a little bit disappointed in what we did on the track," he said.

"We didn't score in either of our sprint relays, the 800 or the 1600. We needed those to complement the field events. But the field events just pulled us through."

Jeff Miller got over the bar at 14 feet. Brother Eric crossed the bar at 13'6" -- the same as Suitland's second-place Ray Richardson -- but Richardson's effort required less attempts.

Eric was wearing blue spandex tights Saturday so the twins were easily distinguishable.

"From a distance, there's no way to tell," said Meade assistant coach Darrell Doster.

"They look almost exactly alike, except Jeff's a little stockier. And when they're competing, there's definitely a rivalry. I think they like that."

"That's (rivalry) there, definitely," said Jeff, the eldest by18 minutes. "But we also kind of spot-check each other and help eachother out."

Eric knew of Richardson's reputation and had hoped tobeat him. He wasn't disappointed with his finish, however.

"That's my best so far, I've gotten it a couple of times (before) and then today," said Eric. "I knew that we were about at the same height, butI missed it a couple of times and that's what decided it."

Barr's leap of 6'4" was two inches shy of Suitland's Tracy Roberts, who won the high jump.

Burleson came back from a disappointing eighth-place finish in the 1500 -- he was the top seed in that event -- to finish second in the 800 with a time of 2:04.2.

"He had been waiting for the 1500 for a long time and just didn't run a good race," said Cuthbert. "He showed a lot by coming back and running a great race."

Old Mill's Rocky McMillan ran a spectacular race.

McMillan's 7.6-second clocking in the hurdles beat a talented field, including old foe Anthony Lowe of Meade (4th, 7.8 seconds), who had beaten him earlier.

"I was kind of nervous going into the race because I knew I was going against a lot of seniors," said McMillan, a junior. "I just concentrated on my abilities and running the race rather than the people I was going against. I knew if did that, I could pull it off."

A 47-foot, 1.5 inch shot put toss by Old Mill's Brian Evans was good enough for third place. Derrick Johnson (6.6 seconds) was fourth in the 55-meter --.

Old Mill's Mike Dibella, the state champion in thepole vault last year, finished fourth.

"The kids from Meade were getting over cleaner," said Old Mill coach Ron Evans. "Mike's still adjusting to a new 15-foot pole from the 14-foot one he used last year."

In girls competition, Central won its seventh title in 11 yearswith 60 points, compared to 36 for second-place Eleanor Roosevelt. Seventy-eight teams competed.

Severna Park's girls team (18 points)finished fourth on the strength of distance runner Fran Mackney.

In winning the 3000, Mackney clocked 11 minutes and 10.7 seconds. Glen Burnie's second place Cindy Silate (11:21.1) was 10 seconds behind her. Mackney (5:05.5) missed winning the 1500 title by just two-tenths of a second to Winston Churchill's Tina Brown (5:05.3).

"I thought I had won," said Mackney. "Coming around the last turn I passed the second place runner and caught Tina Brown. I leaned at the tape andI thought I had won the race, but they said I hadn't.

"After the race, (Brown) turned to me and said she'd thought I had won, but I'm not upset with second place. It's a great accomplishment for me."

Meade's girls placed sixth with 12 points, far ahead of Old Mill -- the meet's runner-up last year -- which finished 29th with three points.

The Mustangs' 800 relay team of Chelsa Williams, Tawana Wilson,Amanda Simmons and Nichole Johnson placed third with its fastest time of the year, 1:51.1. Amy Bell anchored the Mustangs' third-place 1600 relay team, along with the trio of Williams, Wilson and Simmons.

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