There's more coming out at All-Comers Track Meet

June 26, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Staff Writer

If the weekly All-Comers Track Meet at Chesapeake High continues at its present growth rate, its founders -- Kyle Goss and John Maguire -- may have to start looking for a larger facility.

In only its second week of existence, the meet, sponsored by the Pasadena-based Quad A track club, saw its attendance triple, ++ much to the delight of its inaugurators.

"This is only the second week, and we already have 100 percent more people than last week, so I think it's great," said Goss, who serves as field events coach for Chesapeake's indoor and outdoor track and field teams. "I have no complaints about the turnout; in fact, I'm very enthusiastic about it."

After drawing only nine contestants in its first Wednesday night outing, the second meet drew 27 participants, including a few toddlers and adults. The meets, which begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature all track and field events except the high jump and pole vault, will run through the second Wednesday in September, and Goss expects a steady incline in enrollment.

"My hometown, State College, Pennsylvania, has had meets like this for 20-some years now," said Goss. "It's a real running community, and I thought it was a great idea. It brings adults and kids together, and it's just a real family affair. That's the nice thing about track, it's a lifelong activity."

Maguire, Chesapeake High's cross country coach, admits that the initial purpose of the program was to keep his runners active in the off-season, but says he wanted to keep it low-key and "fun."

"It gives kids something to do one night a week," said Maguire. "Hopefully, some of the kids will pick something up from it, but it's mostly supposed to be a fun meet."

Brian Flyth, who will attend Old Mill as a freshman in the fall, heard about the meet from his father, and decided to give it a shot. Flyth's debut was impressive as he took first place in the age 14-18 category in the 100- and 200-yard dashes.

"I thought more people would be out here, but it's not a bad turnout for only the second week," said Flyth, 14. "I like running, and I'm just trying to stay in shape."

Another 14-year-old, Aisha Almond, was trying to get ready for her upcoming sophomore track and field campaign. After surveying the competition she said, "I think I can handle it." Almond's prediction was accurate as she claimed first place in the 100 dash (12.7 seconds) and first in the 200 dash (29.6).

Cristina Seckman had a "hunch" she'd take first among the girls in the two-mile run. After all, she was the only one competing. Seckman, who is entering her junior year at Chesapeake, finished the run in 14:52, despite the lack of competition.

"I wish there were some other girls in the race so I could have paced myself better," Seckman said, laughing at the thought of her first-place finish. "There wasn't that much pressure."

Goss said, "It's not a high-stress kind of thing. If you just like run ning, come out, put yourself on the track, and go out and have a good time. Nobody is here struggling to be the greatest. We're just out here to have a good time."

The following are the results of Wednesday's All-Comers Track Meet at Chesapeake High School:

12-and-under shot put -- 1. Jeff Coomes 13-1 1/2 ; 2. Jaime Collins 12-0; 3. Amanda Collins 10-3.

13-15 boys shot put -- 1. Chris Collins 23-9; 2. Todd Mitchell 18-5.

16-18 girls shot put -- 1. Dawn Collins 22-8 3/4 .

Open shot put -- 1. John Coomes 38-9; 2. Mike Collins 32-4; 3. Tom Slichter 29-9 1/4 .

12-and-under 1K discus -- 1. Jeff Coomes 39-7 1/2 ; 2. Amanda Collins 33-8; 3. Jaime Collins 32-10.

13-15 girls 1K discus -- 1. Dawn Collins 77-2 1/2 .

Open discus -- 1. John Coomes 111-3 1/2 ; 2. Mike Collins 95-5 1/2 ; 3. Tom Slichter 69-5 1/2 .

Open triple jump -- 1. Dave Dietzway 37-10 1/2 ; 2. Chris LeCron 36-11.

12-and-under long jump -- 1. Amanda Collins 8-6; 2. Jaime Collins 7-11; 3. Mike Slichter 7-8.

13-15 boys long jump -- 1. Chris Collins 11-9; 2. Todd Mitchell 7-11 1/2 ; 3. Ryan Mitchell 6-6 1/2 .

Open long jump -- 1. Dave Dietzway 18-1 3/4 ; 2. Chris LeCron 16-4; 3. Brian Miller 15-2 1/2 .

16-18 boys two-mile run -- 1. Ryan Stevens 11:42; 2. Brian Miller 11:43.

15-18 girls -- Cristina Seckman 14:52.

14-18 boys 100 dash - 1. Brian Flyth 11.9; 2. Jeremy Bennett 12.1; 3. Chris Collins 13.6.

14-18 girls 100 dash - 1. Aisha Almond 12.7; 2. Teri Long 13.0; 3. Casey Drebitko 13.9.

12-and-under 100 dash - 1. Mike Slichter 15.3; 2. Jaime Collins 15.4; 3. Amanda Collins 16.3.

Open half-mile run - 1. Dave Dietzway 2:05.

12-and-under half-mile run -- 1. Brad Mitchell 3:42; Ryan Mitchell 3:42.

14-18 boys 200 dash - 1. Brian Flyth 26.1; 2. Chris LeCron 26.4; 3. Mark Shover 26.9.

14-18 girls 200 dash - 1. Aisha Almond 29.6; 2. Teri Long 31.3.

13-and-under boys 200 dash - 1. Chris Collins 30.9; 2. Mike Slichter 37.9.

15-18 girls mile run -- 1. Casey Drebitko 7:23; 2. Cristina Seckman 7:26.

4 Open women's mile run -- 1. Teri Drebitko 10:06.

15-18 boys mile run -- 1. Ryan Stevens 5:23; 2. Brian Miller 5:31; 3. Jeff Cerino 6:06.

15-18 boys quarter-mile run -- 1. Jeff Cerino 1:04; 2. Brian Miller 1:05.8; 3. Ryan Stevens 1:06.4.

Open quarter-mile run -- 1. Dave Dietzway 54.5.

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