Baltimore's Roney finishes 4th in 110 hurdles Foster pulls up U.S. OLYMPIC FESTIVAL

August 01, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

SAN ANTONIO -- Baltimore's Jerry Roney finished fourth last night in the 110-meter hurdles of the U.S. Olympic Festival at Alamo Stadium.

Roney, 23, had a time of 13.95 seconds. Robert Reading, 26, of Buffalo, N.Y., won the race in 13.71. Glenn Terry, 22, of Bloomington, Ind., was second at 13.84 and Allen Johnson, 22, of Fairfax, Va., was third with a time of 13.86.

Roney struggled early and was near last midway through the race, but made up ground and was gaining on Terry and Johnson at the finish.

Greg Foster, a 1984 Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion, pulled up and did not finish the race, which was supposed to be his last.

But a disappointed Foster said he may "unretire."

"I'm definitely not going out like this," said Foster, 34. "I'm really disappointed. I don't know what's wrong. This is the worst season I've ever had.

"If I leave, it's going to be under my circumstances," he said. "I won't leave like this. I ran in this race because I was finally ready and prepared to run fast."

After this race, Roney plans to move to Austin, Texas, to train full time. Roney said his condition has suffered since his eligibility expired this spring at James Madison University.

He said he has been training by himself, but will now train under the supervision of University of Texas women's track coach Bev Kearney.

Roney, 6 feet and 178 pounds, was a finalist at the NCAA outdoor meet the past three years. He finished second in the 1992 NCAA championships with a 13.59 time and was ranked No. 7 that year.

Roney finished fifth at the 1992 Olympic trials.

Hyattsville's Rod Tolbert, 26, finished second in the 100-meter -- last night behind Jonathan Burrell, 19, of Cleveland.

Burrell finished in 10.43 and Tolbert had a time of 10.54. Anthony Barnes, 27, of Clovis, Calif., was third in 10.57.

Tolbert got a decent start and pulled away from Barnes, Jermaine Stafford of Rochester, N.Y, and Tim Harden of Kansas City, Mo., in the last 40 meters. Stafford and Harden each finished in 10.58.

"I came in thinking these guys have run several meets and they might not take it as serious as I am," said Burrell, who is ranked No. 2 nationally among prep sprinters in both the 100 and 200 meters. "I came in taking this race serious and hoping things would come through, and they did."

Tiombe Hurd, 19, of Greenbelt, Md., finished fourth in the women's triple jump with a distance of 42 feet, one-half inch.

The top-three finishers in the event were Sheila Hudson, 26, of Germany, (45-5 3/4 ); Wendy Brown, 26, of Gainsville, Fla., (43-6 1/2 ) and Cynthea Rhodes, 25, of Austin, (42-11).

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