PHILADELPHIA -- Amanda White's front-running didn't work this time.
For the second time in two months, the Dulaney High junior hooked up with Beth Landau, a sophomore from Grahamsville, N.Y., in a high-stakes distance race. White won the national high school two-mile championship in early March, but yesterday Landau began charging a little earlier and claimed the Penn Relays 3,000 in 9 minutes, 43.53 seconds.
White finished second for an area record of 9:55.63 that erased the mark of 10:00.4 set in the same race last year by Fallston's Jenny Howard, now at Wisconsin. It was a disappointment, considering that White covered the distance in 9:45.10 indoors. Nonetheless, it was the second instance in 10 days in which she bettered an area outdoor record, and during May's championship season she's sure to take aim on the 1,600 record of 4:53.2.
White asserted herself early yesterday and appeared to be ready to become the first area girl ever to win a Penn Relays event, but faltered at the same time Landau surged. Landau took the lead with a little more than three laps to go.
The area's two entrants in the 1,500 had less success, as Westminster's Stephanie Morningstar and two others in the 17-girl field went down in a pileup at the start. The restart was delayed four minutes while Morningstar, last year's runner-up, received treatment for a bruised left hip and three cuts on her right knee.
She dropped out of the race with a lap to go, while Poly's Anita Manning placed 15th, albeit in a time of 4:49.5 that bettered her own Baltimore City record.
North County senior Adrienne McCray improved her stock with college recruiters by placing fifth in the 400 intermediate hurdles behind two Jamaicans and two girls from New Jersey. Her time, 1:01.96, was an area record in an event rarely run locally.
Old Mill, which shares the No. 1 spot in The Baltimore Sun rankings with Dulaney, was the area's fastest team in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. The Patriots were third in their section of the shorter race, in 50.25, and won their 4x400 section in 4:03.46. Anne Arundel County rival Meade was the area's second-fastest team in both races, running 50.45 and 4:05.90, respectively.
Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County advanced to the Championship of America in both girls relays, dipping to 47.89 in the 4x100 and 3:51.60 in the 4x400.