White takes soggy 2nd at Pan Am

July 20, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Dulaney graduate and distance runner Amanda White nearly needed her swimming skills during her 3,000-meter, runner-up finish at last weekend's Pan Am Junior Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

White, a nationally ranked swimmer who competed on the July 1992 junior swim team, braved a treacherous, water-logged track at the University of Manitoba, finishing in 9 minutes, 51 seconds -- seven seconds behind Arkansas' Shelly Taylor.

"An hour before the race, there was a torrential downpour, so the track was covered in puddles," said White, who finished ahead of six others, including runners from Mexico, Canada, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. "The other girl [Taylor] and I knew it was going to be a tactical race. I was happy with the place, but not the time."

White, a 19-time high school state champ in track and cross country and The Baltimore Sun's two-time Female Athlete of the Year, is headed for Stanford University on a full scholarship.

To qualify for the junior games, which included competitors from 23 countries, White placed second to Taylor in the June 27 U.S. Track and Field Junior Nationals in Spokane, Wash.

"It [Pan Am Games] was a lot of fun. We stayed in dorms on the campus and got to see the city of Winnipeg," said White. "We all got uniforms, and regardless of the event, everyone came to watch and support each other."

This trip, however, White's tradition of eating candy after a race was aborted when a Cuban competitor ran off with her goodies.

"She went into my tent, took my Gummy Bears and was seen handing them out to her teammates," said White. "She got them out of the same bag that had an expensive camera in it. She said they [Gummy Bears] were good though."

Banks a blue chipper

In the Atlantic Coast Blue Chippers section of the most recent Athlon Football magazine, City's senior wide receiver Dwight Banks is mentioned among its top college prospects.

The magazine lists Banks at 6 feet 2, 195 pounds, calling him "another quality athlete."

Although the high school season is more than a month away, Banks, a second-team All-Metro selection for The Baltimore Sun last season, is already receiving national praise. Earlier this month, Prep Football Report listed Banks -- who runs a 4.5 40-yard -- -- among the country's top 10 receivers.

Last season, Banks caught 29 passes for 656 yards and five touchdowns for two-time Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference champ City, which ended the 1992 season 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in both the area and state polls.

Banks began his junior season ranked by Street and Smith's as one of the nation's Top 50 Underclassmen to Watch, based on his 20 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore.

Chambers an ACC All-Star

Walbrook graduate Tabitha Chambers, a red-shirt freshman at BTC Clemson, was recently chosen to an Atlantic Coast Conference All-Star basketball team that will go on a six-game tour of Canada from Aug. 5-16.

Chambers, 6-6, who averaged 10.7 points and 10.4 rebounds in high school, is Clemson's tallest-ever signee. The team reports to Clemson on Aug. 2 for three days of practice under Tigers coach Jim Davis.

Owings Mills wrestlers honored

Three-time 2A-1A state champs and Owings Mills graduates Grant Johnson and Greg Kessler were two of four Marylanders named to the Asics Tiger 1993 Honorable Mention High School All-America team.

The list, published by USA Wrestling, included three-time state champs Craig Middledorf (Paint Branch) and Chris Kretsinger (Smithsburg).

Johnson and Kessler will wrestle for Team Maryland in this weekend's 23rd annual Asics Tiger Freestyle and Greco-Roman Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D., where Johnson earned freestyle All-America honors by placing seventh last summer.

Johnson, a three-time All-Metro pick and The Baltimore Sun's 1992-93 Wrestler of the Year, is headed for Boston University. He earned folkstyle All-America honors in April with a runner-up finish in the High School Nationals.

Kessler, a 1992-93 All-Metro pick, earned folkstyle All-America honors by placing seventh in the nationals. Kessler is headed for Rider College in New Jersey.

Darby leads runners

Led by All-Metro hurdler Sheraie Darby, who remained unbeaten in the 400 hurdles, the Ed Waters track club won seven gold medals in the Region III meet of the U.S. Track and Field Association last weekend.

Runners on the club, which will participate in this weekend's East Coast Invitational at George Mason, qualified for the USTF Nationals in Baton Rouge, La., which will be held Sunday through Aug. 1.

Darby, a Woodlawn junior, competed in the 15-16 age group. All-Metro competitors winning in the 17-18 category were Mervo's Ben Braswell (long jump), Old Mill's Jamal Dixon-Hawkins (shot put) and Mervo's Anthony Stuckey (200).

The 15-16 group for Ed Waters, which is sponsored by the city's Bureau of Recreation, swept the relays.

Jevon Harris, Royston Little, Derrick Smith and Jim Banach won the 400; Brian Harold, Garfield Thompson, James Carter and Smith the 1,600; and Mike Curtis, Carter, Thompson and Smith handling the 3,200.

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