Pair Of Athletes Who Don't Look The Part Get Top Billing

Mccray's Small Frame Belies Her True Stature

1991 Anne Arundel County Sun All-county Track And Field Team

May 31, 1991|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff writer

At 5-foot-2 and 125 pounds, Adrienne McCray hardly fits the stereotype of a four-event county champion in track.

Yet the North County juniorwas a county and regional champion in the 300-meter hurdles, long jump and the 400 -- and a county and regional runner-up in the high jump. She won the Class 4A state title in the 300 hurdles -- an event she just started running this year -- and was fourth in the 400.

"With her foot speed, quickness and desire, she defies all the principles and mechanics of track," said North County track coach Ed Harte.

"You look at a physique like that and you don't think she canhigh jump, but she can high jump 5 feet -- that's almost her actual size. And most sprinters are taller, but she makes up for it with foot speed. She's not big, but the whole package is right there -- she'sgot it all."

McCray, the Anne Arundel County Sun's 1991 Female Track Athlete of the Year, nearly took it all in the county meet where she ran in the maximum number of individual events -- four -- that a track athlete can participate in.

In winning three gold medals anda silver, the 16-year-old dethroned South River's two-time 300 hurdles county champion Kim Fullmer.

McCray's long-jump leap of 17-10 eclipsed the old record of 17-1 1/2, and she captured the 400 title with her clocking of 59.2 seconds -- .7 seconds faster than her closestcompetitor.

That set up her showdown with Fullmer, who earlier had edged McCray for the high jump title. Although both athletes jumped5 feet even, Fullmer got the nod in the high jump because she had one fewer miss than McCray.

The McCray/Fullmer 300-hurdles showdown was just as close, as the two competitors set a near record-breaking pace. But McCray got even with a victory, crossing the line in 44.3 compared to Fullmer's 44.4. The 8-year-old county record remains 44.2.

"I knew it would be tougher because I had beaten her two weeks before (in the Mary Washington Invitational)," said McCray. "I just hada good day. When I won the long jump, that surprised me and in the 400 I was aware of everyone around me.

"I was just so pumped up that day and had a lot of energy, but I wasn't going to be disappointed if I didn't win anything."

Harte said, "Most kids can't do what Adrienne did -- that's the most successful I've seen any county track female do. Her times in the 300 have her probably around 16th or 17th in the nation."

McCray spent last summer as a pentath

lete, placing 11th nationally in an AAU-sponsored event. A season of cross country this past fall helped her develop a stronger base of endurance.

"That really helped me in the end of races, giving me a burst of energy instead of dying out," said McCray, who also won the 50 -- indoor state title this past winter. "I wasn't really there to do that well. I was just there to prepare for the indoor season. It made me a lot stronger."

An honor student with a 3.5 grade-point average, McCray's determination is recognized in the classroom and throughout herschool.

"She's a honor student, very dependable and a good person. She's just an outstanding young lady," said North County High principal William Wentworth. "She's popular, and her success on the field is certainly no accident."

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