White blazes win parade at nationals at Syracuse Indoor track and field

March 18, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Not even the 50-plus inches of snow that fell on areas of upstate New York could stop Dulaney's Amanda White from being named Outstanding Female Performer at last weekend's National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships at Syracuse University.

White, the Baltimore Sun's Female Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for Baltimore County, won national titles in both the mile (4 minutes, 56.87 seconds) and two-mile run (10:35) at the competition that was moved to nearby Manley Field House because of leaks in the ceiling at the more-spacious Carrier Dome.

"I think she was sort of set on winning both events," said Dulaney coach Bob Dean, who did not attend the event. "She was up for this meet because she really craves good competition. She ended her cross country season by winning a national title [at the Kinney National Cross Country Championships] and now she's done the same with the indoor.

"I hope she continues to have the kind of senior year she's been having. She's a spectacular kid."

White said, "I'm real pleased with my performance because I didn't expect to win both events at all. The finals were supposed to be Sunday, but with the snow they got pushed to Monday, and by that time, I wasn't really psyched up anymore. But, once I started racing, I got back into it."

In the mile run, White edged runner-up sophomore Krissy Jost of Queen Anne's, who finished the race in 4:58.32. Jost, the only other runner to finish the mile in under five minutes, added a fifth place in the 800 run (2:17.4).

Old Mill junior Raina Domneys, the Baltimore metropolitan area recordholder in the triple jump (39- 1/2 ), took second at the national meet with a leap of 38-8 1/4 .

"I think Raina's performance in the triple jump was fantastic considering we don't do the triple jump indoors and that she only had three practice jumps," said Old Mill veteran assistant coach Leon Walter, who made the trip along with head coach Ron Evans. "She even had a better series of jumps than the girl who won, but the officials go by the longest jump. She was very consistent."

Junior Kisha Jett of Hammond took fifth in girls pentathlon, which consists of the 55 hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and 800 run. Hammond's Robert Sharps took seventh in the 55 hurdles.

Old Mill senior Michelle Smith finished 10th in the girls pentathlon and ninth in the shot put with a toss of 39-1. Another Patriot, Jamaal Dixon-Hawkins, ran into some misfortune in the shot put when he was called for fouls on all three of his throws.

"Michelle set personal records in the shot put, long jump and 800 run, but was a little sub-par in the hurdles and the high jump and still managed to finish 10th overall," said Walter. "Finishing 10th in the country in your first pentathlon isn't bad."

Despite not having an indoor track program, Mervo was well-represented. Junior Anthony Stuckey took seventh in the 400 run (50.71) and ran the first leg for the Mustangs' 800 relay team that took seventh. Completing Mervo's relay team were Jason Reaves, Bennie Braswell and Dante Palmer.

Lolita Manning, a seventh-grader at Hamilton Middle School in Baltimore, finished seventh in the girls' mile run. Manning is a 12-year-old member of the Baltimore Athletic Track Club.

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