Smith pierces Knights records Track and field

April 09, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Records are meant to be broken and it came as a surprise to no one that 15 of the standards set at last year's inaugural Knights' Invitational were shattered at yesterday's second annual event at Meade High.

What did come as a surprise was how easy Old Mill senior Michelle Smith made it look in breaking three of those records.

Smith, the defending state champion in the shot put, won three )) gold medals while setting meet standards in the 100-meter -- (12.7 seconds), long jump (17 feet, 2 1/2 inches) and discus (121-10).

Afterward, Smith downplayed the new marks and beamed with pride in her personal best performance in the long jump and her first attempt at the 100.

"Meet records don't mean anything to me," said Smith, who came up empty in the triple jump after fouling in all three of her attempts.

"It's more important that I did better than I've ever done than what someone else did, but it was fun."

Old Mill coach Ron Evans said he was pleased with Smith's performance but still sees much room for improvement in his star senior.

"Michelle just keeps getting stronger," said Evans, who was still steaming over the disqualification of Colleen Wade in the shot put.

Wade appeared to have won the event with a toss of 37-7, but later was disqualified for wearing a hair-pin. "She's very consistent. In the 100 -- she was powerful but out of shape. She was fading a little near the end."

NB Smith's sidekick, Raina Domneys, was the meet's only other tri

ple-winner as she captured first in the triple jump, 100 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles and second in the long jump.

Westminster's squad was well-represented on both the boys and girls sides. Seniors Jason Craig and Jay Merkes finished 1-2 for the Owls in the 110 hurdles and reversed positions in the 300 intermediate hurdles.

Chris Zendgraft of Westminster was given the Outstanding Male Performance award for his victory in the 3,200 run, which he finished in a meet record time of 9:56.9.

Kenya Warfield of Westminster won the Outstanding Female Performance award for her first-place finish in the high jump (5-6).

Another Owl, Jessy Farinholt, won a gold medal in the shot put and a silver medal in the discus.

"I'm just tickled to death at how well we did," said Westminster assistant coach Dale Fogelsanger.

"We had an excellent day all across the board. The throwers, the distance people, the sprinters and jumpers, they all got it done, and we had a lot of PRs [personal records]."

North County's Sam Lomax won the boys 400 and 800 runs and broke both meet records that he set last season.

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