Jett and Adams soar in warm-up

January 11, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

The emphasis in last night's Howard County indoor track meet at the 5th Regiment Armory was fine tuning skills for upcoming meets.

The focus appeared evident as no one was close to record-breaking times, but most of the favorites still impressed. Also, there was less pressure because no team scores were recorded.

Hammond senior Kisha Jett, who was named outstanding performer at the Delaware Invitational, said she was gearing toward the county meet on Jan. 28.

"It's mainly to see your qualifying times for county," said Jett. "I love these meets because as a senior, I know the competition already, but I just get another look at them."

Jett still breezed past the competition by winning the 55-meter -- in 7.0 seconds and the 55-meter hurdles in 8.1 seconds.

Another senior, Alicia Adams of Glenelg, also did not have much competition from county rivals. The leader for the defending county, regional and state girls indoor track champion Gladiators won both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs.

"I think we needed this meet because we haven't run in a meet for a couple of weeks," said Adams, who beat Allison Hoover of Centennial by a comfortable three seconds in the mile run. "There's also no pressure coming here because scores aren't being kept."

The defending county, regional and state boys champion, Oakland Mills, made an equally strong impact.

In only his second year of indoor track, Scorpions senior Damon Ferguson won the 55-meter -- in 6.3 seconds and finished second, six seconds behind Atholton's Ben Garbert, in the 300-meter run.

"This is just a tuneup for the National Guard meet this Saturday," Ferguson said.

Teammate Kyle Walker, a sophomore, took first place in the 55-meter hurdles in 7.76 seconds and was .35 seconds behind Ferguson in the 55-meter --. Walker, who was recruited into indoor track by Ferguson, is now Ferguson's top rival in the 55-meter -- event.

"My only purpose is to push him and make him better," Walker said.

"Just watch out in a few years; he's going to be tough to beat," Ferguson said of Walker. "He's strong, real strong."

Oakland Mills was victorious in both heats of the 3,200-meter relay. The team of Eric Larsen, Greg Curtis, Xavier Briscoe and Joel Hampshire won the faster heat by 14 seconds over Wilde Lake with a time of 8:53.05.

Other performances inlcuded Tameka Howard of Wilde Lake winning the 300-meter run in 46.7 seconds and Mike Strickland taking the 1,600-meter run in 4:44.88.

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