Frostburg State is probably going to finish third or fourth at the NCAA Division III track and field championships, but coach Bob Lewis says he has the best team in the country.
"If I can say so without bragging, we've got the best Division III dual meet team in the nation," Lewis said. "We've got 50 guys, and we can cover every event, but that kind of depth doesn't win national championships."
The Bobcats, who won the team title in 1986 and '87, had only five men qualify for the Division III meet at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Lewis figures that his team doesn't have enough to catch defending champion Lincoln -- which relies on Shannon Flowers, a junior hurdler from Milford Mill -- and several other teams, including Haverford, which is rich in distance runners.
The men Frostburg State did qualify are impressive. Wayne Sherrard, from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., has bests of 53 feet, 10 1/2 inches in the shot put and 170-4 in the discus, and could win titles in both events.
The Bobcats are loaded with young sprinters from the Baltimore area. Al McDougal, a sophomore from Edgewood, has run 10.52 seconds in the 100, and his 200 best is a hand-timed 21.1. The 200 competition includes two of McDougal's Frostburg teammates: former high school rival Terry Venable, a sophomore from Aberdeen; and Steve Forman, a freshman from Francis Scott Key.
Throw in Chris McKinnon, a freshman from Surrattsville, and Frostburg State has a fine 4X100 relay. The foursome's seasonal best is 40.8.
The Division III meet also includes Widener's Debbie Smuda, a sophomore from Chesapeake-Anne Arundel who has a best of 37-3 in the triple jump.
* With coach Bob Hopkins still on NCAA probation, UMES assistant coach Bob Wilkerson worked overtime to bring some new talent to Princess Anne. He got letters of intent from five junior college transfers and two high schoolers from New Jersey, 6-3 Brian Coage and 6-6 Greg Hudgins.
Three of the junior college players also hail from New Jersey, as Mike Harris (6-8) and Cedric Jenkins (6-7) played at Camden County and Lachland Richards (6-9) is from Union County. Roderick Cain (6-1) went to McCook, Neb., and Marlin Kimbrew (6-4) played for Allegheny in Pittsburgh.
* Getting the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Northeast Regional is an accomplishment for Towson State baseball. Whenever a Tiger men's team makes an NCAA field, it is usually seeded last. Coach Mike Gott
lieb's team still isn't going to get much attention in today's first round of the NCAAs at Orono, Maine, since Mississippi State has a pretty good reputation in the sport.
Bulldogs coach Ron Polk will head the USA Team that will participate in the Pan Am Games. His 1985 Mississippi State team finished third in the College World Series, and the roster included names like Will Clark, Bobby Thigpen and Rafael Palmeiro.
* Johns Hopkins and Washington College were well-represented on the Southeast Section all-star baseball team in the Middle Atlantic Conference.
Hopkins, the sectional champion, had five of the 14 players honored. Shortstop Joe Kail is a freshman, first baseman Matt Menz and third baseman Sean Holub are sopho
mores and pitcher Jeff Fang is a junior. Outfielder Ken Brodkowitz was the lone Blue Jay senior recognized. Washington's Hal McBee, a senior outfielder from Broadneck, and Keith Whiteford, a freshman pitcher from Calvert Hall, also got the nod.
* West Virginia junior Rosemary Kosiorek, a basketball standout from Mercy, is the Female Student-Athlete of the Year in the Atlantic 10 Conference . . . Radford junior Dante Washington, a striker who went to Oakland Mills, is on the U.S. under-23 team headed to France for the Toulon Olympic Hopeful Tournament . . . A couple of Calvert Hall grads helped Davis & Elkins to a West Virginia Conference title: Freshman lefthander Joe Hughes went 6-1 and Paul Swartz had a team-high .339 batting average.