The northwest corridor of Baltimore County has become a hotbed for track and field. One of its products finally got his first national junior college title, and three others are after NCAA Division I honors in Eugene, Ore., this week.
Randallstown's Jeff Campbell completed his career for Brevard (N.C.) College by winning the 10,000 meters and taking second at the National Junior College Athletic Association meet. The times, 31:17.41 and 15:08.71, weren't all that hot, but the setting was, as the field temperature at Odessa, Texas, soared well above 100 degrees.
At Oregon, the high jump is expected to be a coronation for George Mason's Tony Barton, a senior from Milford Mill. He was second last year and won the indoor title by clearing 7 feet, 6 1/2 inches.
Woodlawn High won state Class 4A titles in 1987 and '88, and now two graduates -- James Madison's Jerry Roney and Florida's Torrance Zellner -- are on the verge of breaking through and joining the nation's best hurdlers. Roney, The Evening Sun Athlete of the Year in '88, ran 13.66 in the 110s at Tennessee, and Zellner dipped to 49.56 in the 400 intermediates at the SEC championships.
Zellner spent the last two years at Maryland Eastern Shore. He was second at the Penn Relays and the Southeastern Conference championships to Auburn's Samuel Matete, a Zambian who was second-fastest in the world last year.
* Clemson might not be in the College World Series without the big year it got from Jim Crowley, a senior from Dulaney who was the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second baseman. Crowley, who began his Tiger career as a third baseman, is hitting .387, with 17 home runs and 74 RBIs, the latter figures ranking him second on the team.
Clemson opens the CWS Saturday (1:06 p.m.) in Omaha, Neb., against hometown favorite Creighton, the team that eliminated the Tigers from the Central Regional last year. That game will start CBS-TV's coverage. Crowley is the only local on the roster, but former Mount St. Joseph standout Kurt Seibert coaches the Tiger infielders.
* Various and sundry groups are mounting a campaign against cost-cutting measures adopted by the NCAA that would eliminate some assistant and/or graduate coaching positions.
"If this were the English department, they wouldn't do it," said Penn State football assistant Ron Dickerson, an officer of the Black Coaches Association. "We want to be equal with other educators."
Fine. Next year the NCAA should take measures that would require all coaches to teach at least one course a semester.
* University of Maryland seniors Michele Uhlfelder and Jennifer Ulehla have been named to the United States Women's Lacrosse Association All-America team.
* Men's lacrosse wasn't counted, but Salisbury State still won the Eastern States Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the fourth straight year. The Sea Gulls won ESAC women's championships in softball and volleyball, and the men ruled in basketball and tennis.
* UMBC's Rob Magin, a junior from Westminster, is the East Coast Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year. The distance runner won the 10,000 at the outdoor track and field championships, and the computer science major carries a 3.99 cumulative grade-point average.