Dulaney's White runs away with title in 3,000-meter run

April 23, 1993|By Jon Marks | Jon Marks,Contributing Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Amanda White didn't need a reminder of what had transpired a year ago. But, just in case, her father gave her one last not-so-subtle push when they arrived at blustery Franklin Field for the Penn Relays yesterday.

"As we walked in, I pointed to the spot under the stands where she sat and pouted after last year," said Stan White. "I said, 'Let's hope you're not there today.' "

Not to worry. After watching Kate Landau pass her near the finish of last year's 3,000-meter run, White took care of business this time. The Dulaney senior assumed command with 300 yards left and outlasted rival Kate Landau, winning in 9:46.62 to become the first high school runner from Maryland to win an individual title at the Relays.

"When she passed me last year, I was just dead," said White after settling the score against Landau of Tri-Valley High in Grahamsville, N.Y. "She just charged right by, and I couldn't do anything.

"I didn't really think about it until today. I was mad last year when it happened. I told myself, 'I'm not gonna let her pass me this time. I'll staywith her until it hurts.' "

The wind bothered White more than the cold. "I found any time you came to the straightaway near the finish line, the wind hit you. And it especially hits you when you're taller like I am [5 feet 11]."

Of course, the thrill of victory makes up for all kinds of inconveniences.

NOTES: In the women's javelin, Johns Hopkins' Sylke Knuppel placed fifth with a throw of 154 feet, 5 inches. UMES' Lisa Casimar was seventh at l51-5. In the discus, Morgan State's Angela Bailey was sixth (147-0). Lillian Smith of UMES was 16th in the long jump and teammate Michele Nurse 15th in the 4 x 100 hurdles. . . . In the relays, the best showing among the area colleges was by Morgan State. Its 4 x 100 team of Geneva Pugh, Tammera Mclin, Angella Brown and Sanoma Nickson qualified for the ECAC championships tomorrow with a time of 48.22, fourth in their heat. In the same event, Towson State, anchored by Nicole Tardd and UMBC, anchored by Jennifer McClanahan won their respective heats, but their times were not good enough to advance. . . . In the women's 4 x 800 relay, Coppin State, anchored by Diana Pitts, placed fourth. . . . In high school competition, none of the locals qualified for any of the Championship of America relay finals, but several turned in solid showings. Meade, Randallstown, Bowie and North County placed second in their respective heats of the 4 x 400 relay. None of them, however, approached the qualifying standards.

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