Four titles in four hours for Teri Smith

Area college

May 09, 1991|By Paul McMullen

Teri Smith, a senior at Brown University by way of Bel Air High, has had a pretty good week.

Smith was the outstanding female performer at the Heptagonal track and field championships at Princeton Sunday. In a little over four hours, she won the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and anchored the winning 4X100 and 4X400 relays. A day later, she was named the Outstanding Senior Athlete at Brown.

"She's a remarkable woman," said Anne Rothenberg, a Brown assistant coach. "She's devoted to her teammates."

Smith finished fourth in the NCAA 400 at the 1990 indoor meet, and is looking to qualify for her fourth straight outdoor championships. She ran 53.51 in her specialty at the Heps, and will look to improve on her personal best of 53.04 at the ECAC meet May 18-19 at George Mason.

An applied-math economics major, Smith plans to hold off on grad school and do some intense training over the next year. Brown's top male in the 400 is also a local: Paisley Demby, a junior from Milford Mill, was second in the Heps 400 in 47.32.

The winner of that event was Navy's Jon Fox, a junior who helped the Midshipmen to their first Heptagonals title since 1945. A Crossland High grad, he's one of four Navy men who have met provisional NCAA qualifying standards, the others being steeplechaser Greg Keller, hammer thrower Matt Howard and Rob Sehnert in the shot put.

A couple of Californians were double winners for Navy: sophomore Brian Proctor took the 100 and 200, and senior Anthony Terrell added to his laurels in the long and triple jumps.

* The names in that previous item know their way around a track. Not so for Sylke Knuppel.

An All-Metro basketball player at Glenelg High, Knuppel is completing her second year at Johns Hopkins. She averaged 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman, but suffered through a mild sophomore slump, dropping off to 9.0 and 4.4. Feeling frustrated and seeking a place to channel her energy, Knuppel went to her first track practice in March.

The results have been phenomenal. At the Middle Atlantic Conference meet last week, Knuppel won the javelin and qualified for the NCAA championships with a toss of 142 feet, 10 inches. It would have been good for third place at last year's Division III meet.

* John Burns, a shortstop from Owings Mills, had a decent freshman campaign for the UMBC baseball team in 1990, but nothing suggested the kind of numbers he put up this spring. He hit .447, with 25 doubles, seven home runs, 49 runs batted in and 64 runs. He set school records in hits, runs, doubles and assists.

Burns wasn't an East Coast Conference all-star, as he took a back seat to one of the six Delaware players voted in by the coaches. No one from tournament champion Towson State was on the All-ECC team.

* That baseball title added to the Tigers' roundball reputation. The Towson State men are two-time ECC champions in soccer and basketball, and the lacrosse team can wrap up its third title in five years with a win at Delaware Saturday (1 p.m.).

The tennis team finished second in the ECC, but the Tigers will still finish behind Rider and Delaware in the Commissioner's Cup race for all-sports supremacy among the men's teams in the conference. Their non-scholarship running program was last in both indoor and outdoor track and field, and next-to-last in cross country.

* Delaware State defensive end Malcolm Showell, a senior from Dunbar, has signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Raiders . . . Soccer coach Johnson Bowie, who went to Dulaney High and Western Maryland, has added the athletic director's title to his duties at Drexel . . . Maryland has gotten a letter of intent from James Brasco, a top wrestling prospect from Pennsylvania who had a 127-10 career record for Hempfield High.

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