Coppin's Pitts wins two races in MEAC

April 18, 1993|By From Staff Reports

Diana Pitts won the 800- and 1,500-meter races for Coppin State at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference track and field championships yesterday in Tallahassee, Fla.

The junior, who missed the MEAC indoor championships in February because of a nagging hamstring injury, scored 20 of Coppin's 54 team points, which put the Eagles in sixth place.

Morgan State finished third with 62.5 points, led by Angela Bailey, who won the discus at 144 feet, 8 1/2 inches and placed third in javelin and fifth in shot put.

Florida A&M won the women's title with 114 points, followed by Maryland Eastern Shore with 84.5.

Pitts ran away from the field with times of 2 minutes, 8.76 seconds in the 800 and 4:35.19 in the 1,500. She broke the conference 1,500 record of 4:41.90, which was set by Florida A&M's Donya Andrews-Little in 1990.

"Diana turned in an outstanding performance," said head coach Donald Webster. "In addition to winning her two events, she ran very well on the 4x400-meter relay. Our overall effort as a team was good considering the injuries we've had the past few weeks."

The Eagles' Annette Williams finished third in the 1,500 at 4:59.69, and Twana Allen placed third in the 800 and 1,500 at 2:23.53 and 5:05.85, respectively.

In the men's division, Coppin placed fifth with 48 points behind Florida A&M (176 points), S.C. State (77), Delaware State (54) and North Carolina A&T (51). The Eagles were paced by Courtney Bennett, who won the 5,000 meters in 15:36.66.

The Eagles also took second through fourth in the 1,500, with Nicholas Eugene (4:00.76), Samuel Willoughby (4:00.86) and Euan Hinds (4:02.65). Coppin placed three in the top six of the 800: David Loobie (second in 1:52.66), Eugene (fourth in 1:55.74) and Willoughby (sixth in 1:57.83).

Morgan State's men were sixth with 47 points.

* At Emmitsburg, Mount Saint Mary's senior Jackie Israel won the women's 100 and 200 races, qualifying for the ECAC Championships in both events, at the Mount Open.

Catonsville's ShaRon Edmonds was the meet's only three-time winner, as she captured 400 and the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.

In the men's competition, the Mount's Eddison Toby won the intermediate hurdles and the long jump.

Baseball

John Burns (Owings Mills) tied a school record with five hits and scored four runs and had five RBI to lead host UMBC (15-5, 7-4) to a 24-5 win over Liberty (8-16, 5-9) in a Big South Conference game.

* Junior designated hitter Marcus Lee became the single-season (eight) and all-time (18) homer leader for Navy, as the Mids (11-12) split a doubleheader at home with Holy Cross, winning Game 1, 9-3, and dropping the second game, 9-8.

Lee's home run came in the first inning of Game 1 and gave Navy a 4-0 lead.

Navy made it 7-0 in the second on a sacrifice fly by Todd Butler and a

RBI groundout by Lee, who entered this week third in the nation in RBI.

Navy starter Greg Foster was in trouble all game because of wildness, but Holy Cross stranded 11 runners in the game, including eight in the first four innings.

* Clemson starting pitcher Jason Dawsey (3-0) struck out 10, and center fielder Keith Williams (2-for-3) hit his 10th home run of the season to lead No. 16 Clemson (29-10, 8-6) past Maryland (12-19, 2-12), 6-2, at Shipley Field in an Atlantic Coast Conference game. The two play again today at Memorial Stadium.

* Host Salisbury State (9-8, 2-2) split its doubleheader with Frostburg State (9-3, 3-1), as the Sea Gulls lost the first game, 5-3, and won the second game, 3-1, in an Eastern States Athletic Conference game. Winner Jeff Barclay pitched seven innings, gave up eight hits, three runs, three walks and struck out three.

In the second game, Bill Diatley pitched a three-hitter, giving up one run, two walks and struck out six.

Rowing

Navy's heavyweight crews scored a sweep of Cornell and Syracuse to win the Goes Trophy Cup Regatta held on Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, N.Y.

It was the Mids' first win of the Goes Trophy since 1989, when they also registered a sweep at Cayuga. The Navy varsity, in remaining unbeaten this year (5-0), posted a six-second victory over second-place Cornell with a time of 5:29. Syracuse, in third place, was eight seconds behind the Midshipmen.

Navy's second varsity had a three-second win over Cornell and was ahead of Syracuse by 12 seconds. The Mids plebes outdistanced Syracuse by nearly 12 seconds and Cornell by close to 14 seconds.

Heavy winds forced cancellation of the Haines Cup Lightweight Crew Regatta between Navy and Harvard and the women's crew regatta between Navy and Massachusetts slated for the Severn River early yesterday morning.

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