2 Westminster track stars are kicked off school team Suspensions would bar athletes from state meet

May 20, 1992|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

WESTMINSTER -- Stephanie Morningstar and Dion Stanton, track standouts at Westminster High, have been suspended from the team and will not participate in the state meet this weekend for disciplinary reasons.

"All I can say is that [Morningstar and Stanton] will not run in the state meet," Westminster track coach Bill Hill said yesterday, declining any further comment.

The two reportedly were among students involved in an alcohol-related incident at the school's junior prom on Saturday.

Stanton's mother said last night that she was trying to negotiate her son's suspension.

"We still have another day," said Ruth Stanton, Dion's mother.

The state track meet begins tomorrow.

School officials, the two athletes and their parents declined to comment further.

Peter B. McDowell, director of secondary schools, refused to give specifics when asked about the incident at Saturday's prom, but he quoted the county extracurricular eligibility policy.

"In eligibility cases of violations of the drug and alcohol policy concerning use or possession of either on school property, there is a five-day suspension from school and a referral to the appropriate referring agency," he said.

"Students are then declared ineligible for student activities for the duration of the season or 45 days, whichever is longer," McDowell said. "That includes class officers, members of student organizations or any students that might represent the school in a public performance such as the chorus, the band or a play."

University of Virginia track coach Fred Binggeli said the suspension will not affect Morningstar's track scholarship at the Charlottesville school.

Morningstar -- who was to compete for state titles in the 800-, jTC 1,600- and 3,200-meter races -- recently signed a contract for a one-year full scholarship, renewable for up to five years.

"We have made a commitment to her and we will honor it," Binggeli said. "It is an unfortunate circumstance, but we all make mistakes and we learn from them."

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