Mervo relays message that it's a team to watch

April 16, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Before bursting on to the state track and field scene with a second-place finish at the state meet last spring, few outside of the Baltimore area knew much about Mervo.

But that's changing.

Mervo, which won the Gilman Relays last Saturday, turned in another impressive performance by winning five events and taking third in two others at yesterday's Towson State Relays.

Mervo coach Freddie Hendricks said that, while more now know about the Mustangs, his team still is trying educate others.

"We're trying to get a little recognition for our kids not only statewide, but I want some colleges to look at us," said Hendricks. "I want them to think about colleges."

The Mustangs made the others think at this meet, which didn't keep team scores, by winning the first three boys events. Mervo rolled to victories in the 400- (43.0 seconds), 800- (1:28.1) and 3,200- (8:23.5) meter relays.

Ben Braswell added a victory in the long jump for Mervo. His jump of 22 feet, 3 1/2 inches easily took first place for the Mustangs. Several other Mervo runners turned in strong performances, namely James Carter, Garfield Thompson, Mahlon Thomas and Anthony Stuckey.

In the day's final race, Stuckey fought off a challenge from a Forestville runner on the bell lap and blew past him in the final 50 meters.

"We did real well today," said Stuckey. "There were nice teams here. We [just] need to practice harder and we'll be there for the states."

The Mustangs certainly have convinced others of that.

"[Mervo] has everything," said Perry Hall boys coach Jerry Martin. "They and Old Mill and Eleanor Roosevelt will make one nice state meet, and it's one I'd pay to watch."

On the girls side, Perry Hall showed how its practice paid off. The Gators won the 3,200 relay (10:10.3), the distance medley (14:28.3), the shuttle sprint ( 1:05.5) and the sprint medley (4:26.2).

The Gators, who also finished second twice, benefited from strong individual efforts from Krissy Jost, Meghan Makowski, Kelly Williamson and Dottie Hudson, among others.

Jost's time of 2:19.6 on the final lap, despite fighting a head cold, gave the Gators the victory in the sprint medley.

Makowski took third in the 1,500 with a time of 5:05.6 in her first race of this length this spring. The Gators also got several solid performances in the other relays.

"At this point in the season, I'm happy," said Perry Hall girls coach Marilyn Bevans. "We're doing real well. I think they did well today considering we're missing some people."

Another strong performance came from Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis, who posted a 4:36.3 in the 1,500. That time was a personal best for Nicolini.

Old Mill only brought field-event competitors, but the Patriots certainly made their mark.

The girls won four of five field events. Kristin Wimbrow took the high jump (5-6) and finished third in the triple jump (32-0.5). Dorian Lee finished first in the long jump (15-6.5) while Cathy Porter took the shot put (32-6.5), and Katie Mack won the discus (93-1). Mack also finished third in the shot with a toss of 29-7.

The Old Mill boys placed in the top three in every event, winning the high jump (DeVell Johnson, 6-6) and discus (Nate Oliver, 160-11).

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