Braxton enjoys successful return

April 25, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Leonard Braxton was back at the Penn Relays, site of some of his happiest days as a track and field coach.

Braxton took over at Arizona State last fall, and the Sun Devils women left with a pretty good haul from Franklin Field, winning the sprint medley relay Friday and taking second in the 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 yesterday. The sprint medley win was the first time his runners had taken a Championship of America title since 1986, when Morgan State claimed the women's 4 x 100.

Since he left Morgan State last fall, the Bears have been rocked by turmoil involving people hired on his watch as athletic director, and Braxton said he didn't leave his problems 2,500 miles behind.

"I'll be glad when the problems at Morgan State are over," Braxton said in between greeting friends, former runners and high school coaches interested in sending their athletes to Tempe. "The problems at Morgan State affect me. I know all the people, all the players."

After two days of rotten weather, conditions warmed yesterday and 38,592 turned out for the 99th running of the Relays. Georgia Tech completed the proceedings by taking the 4x400 in 3:04.26 behind a 45.4 anchor split from DeMatha grad Derek Mills.

Among wheelchair athletes, high schoolers, collegians and masters, there were the requisite world-class performances, but many, including the UMBC men, were happy to finish third. They advanced out of the qualifying rounds for the first time in school history, and were third in the IC4A 4 x 200 in 1:26.40, a step ahead of Morgan State. Didier Guillaume, Kevin Russell, Adrian Washington and Brandon Smith ran for coach Jim Pfrogner.

There was a turnabout in the main distance race. Arkansas, which beat Villanova Friday to win the distance medley, lost its grasp on the 4 x 1,500 when John Schiefer dropped the baton on the third leg. Louie Quintana anchored in 3:43.7 for Villanova (15:00.23).

George Mason gave Simon Bowen, a transfer from Morgan State, a three-second lead on Tennessee Olympian Jose Parrilla heading into the 800 anchor of the sprint-medley championship, and it held up as the Virginia school won in 3:15.54.

Local athletes helped James Madison win IC4A consolation races. Wilde Lake grad Matt Holthaus finished the sprint medley (3:19.87) and Woodlawn's Jerry Roney the 4 x 100 (40.69). Roney was second (13.68) in the 110 hurdles to Indiana's Glenn Terry (13.42).

Navy won the 4 x 100 for service academies in 41.28. Coppin State (7:31.33) was 13th overall in the 4 x 800, which Florida won in 7:14.34.

In the high school competition, Mervo (42.34) was fourth in the consolation 4 x 100 for large schools.

Mervo was the state's fastest in the 4 x 400 as Rodney Cabean, Brian Murphy, Sandy Johns and James Carter were second in their section, in 3:23.97.

Westminster (8:01.25) came within 1.19 seconds of reaching the 4 x 800 championship.

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Championships

Olympic development 100 ----1, Jon Drummond, Nike-International, 10.38 seconds. 2, Raymond Stewart, Commonwealth TC, 10.52. 3, Tony Lee, unattached, 10.53. 4, Robert Thomas, Nike-South, 10.53.

College 100 ----1, Samuel Jefferson, Houston, 10.29. 2, Randall Evans, St. Augustine's, 10.32. 3, LaVoy Phoenix, 10.46. 4, Brandon Jones, Lincoln, 10.52.

Olympic development 110 hurdles--1, Mark Crear, Nike-International, 13.57. 2, Larry Harrington, Mid Atlantic Sports, 3, Brett Shields, unattached, 13.92. 4, James Purvis, Nike-South, 14.19.

College 110 hurdles--1, Glenn Terry, Indiana, 13.42. 2, Jerry Roney, James Madison, 13.68. 3, Duane Ross, Clemson, 13.77. 4, Richard Murphy, Texas A&M, 13.94.

Olympic development 400 relay--1, Commonwealth TC (Jon Drummond, Tony Jarrett, John Regis, Raymond Stewart), 39.00. 2, Speed Dynamics, 39.64. 3, New York Pioneers, 40.48. 4, Windies TC 41.16.

College 400 relay--1, LSU (Reggie Jones, Glenroy Gilbert, Chris King, Fabian Muyaba), 39.49. 2, Texas A&M, 39.65. 3, Clemson, 39.83. 4, Auburn, 40.02.

College IC4A 400 relay--1, James Madison (Eric Jones, Kelly Hawkins, Tevis Brunson, Jerry Roney), 40.69. 2, Pennsylvania, 40.90. 3, Lincoln, 40.92. 4, Princeton, 41.55.

College 480 yard shuttle hurdles--1, Texas A&M (Curt Young, Richard Harrison, Richard Murphy, Rick Smith), 56.30. 2, South Carolina, 56.31. 3, Houston, 56.41. 4, Fairleigh Dickinson, 58.30.

Olympic development 800 relay--1, Commonwealth TC (Mark Crear, Raymond Stewart, John Regis, Tony Jarrett), 1:22.24. 2, Windies TC, 1:24.10. 3, New York Pioneers, 1:25.14. 4, Victory TC, 1:26.64.

College IC4A 800 relay--1, New York Tech (Andre Acham, Donovan Rowe, Orrett Wallace, Evan Clarke), 1:24.42. 2, Montclair State, 1:26.22. 3, Maryland-Baltimore County, 1:26.40. 4, Morgan State, 1:27.32.

College 800 relay--1, Middle Tennessee State (Ron Lloyd, Roland McGhee, Carlos Gupton, Micoh Otis), 1:22.18. 2, LSU, 1:22.30. 3, Arkansas, 1:23.02. 4, Kentucky, 1:23.56.

Jumbo Elliott 1500--1, Mark Dailey, New York AC, 3:41.92. 2, Rich Kenah, Nike-NYAC, 3:42.12. 3, Bill Burke, New York AC, 3:42.13. 4, Tom Nohilly, unattached, 3:42.84.

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