Perry Hall's Jost stars in meet with Russians

December 18, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Staff Writer

A dozen Baltimore metropolitan area indoor track teams and 20 other teams from around the state competed against a team of 20 Russian athletes from Krasnodar at yesterday's fourth annual Pangaea International Track and Field Meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Perry Hall distance runner Krissy Jost showed why she is considered one of the area's top endurance runners. She finished more than 15 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Fairmont Heights and third-place finisher Meghan White of Dulaney in capturing the gold in the 1,500 run and later collected her second first-place award in the 800 run.

Megan Makowski of Perry Hall finished first ahead of runner-up Bridget Olp of Catonsville in the girls 3,000 and later played a part in helping the Gators win the 3,200 relay.

Perry Hall's Jim Banach won a gold in the 55 -- by holding off Prentice Pollard of Paint Branch and Oakland Mills' Damon Ferguson.

The Russians, who are staying with the families of Dulaney High students during their eight-day visit, had their share of medal winners.

Russian student Dina Koritskaya, the European Junior Champion the hurdles, took first in the 55 hurdles in 8.3 seconds.

Hammond's Kisha Jett soared past Koritskaya to win the 55 --.

"I knew I was going to have to step up and run one of my best races to beat [Koritskaya] and I did run one of my better races," said Jett. "I saw her warming up on the hurdles and I knew she had some speed. You can't be as successful as she has been in the hurdles and not have great speed."

Catonsville's Bob Van Allen held off runner-up Greg Curtis of Oakland Mills and Atholton's Mike Strickland to win the boys 1,500.

Atholton swept all three medals in the pole vault. Omar El Sawi took first by clearing 13-7, followed by Ed LeBard (12-6) and Josh Potocko (12-0).

Tamiko Mack of North County was runner-up to Northwestern's Tomika Coombs in the girls 500 run.

North County's Dennis Lomax tied Russia's Serguei Reznikov for third in the boys 500 run in 1:10.44, but it was Lomax who claimed the bronze medal by virtue of his victory in the ensuing coin toss.

Monica Stevens, Tiffany Murray, Melanie White and Jett of Hammond were runners-up to Northwestern in the 800 relay and Chesapeake-AA's Tanieka Middleton, Kristie Owen, Angee Zittle and Nikki Spann took third.

Brandy Walker, Mike Schmeckpeper, Kerry Ferdinan and Ferguson teamed up to win the 800 relay for Oakland Mills in 1:36.84.

The Scorpions gathered another gold medal in the boys 800 run, courtesy of a first-place finish by Xavier Briscoe. Briscoe later anchored the Scorpions' winning 3,200 relay team.

Troy Fowlkes of North County won the boys shot put with a toss of 46-9 and Hope Showell of Chesapeake-AA won the girls shot put competition with a throw of 32-8.

Catonville's Jamie Davies (9:13.49) edged Kevin Hill of Centennial in the boys 3,000.

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