Western flies away with title

April 17, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Western coach Jerry Molyneaux can be tough to please, but even he was smiling at the end of the Edward P. Hurt Track Classic yesterday.

That's because Western won 12 of the 17 events and coasted to a 46-point victory in the event sponsored by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks at Poly.

Western won every relay and finished in the top three in 13 events. In addition, they took first and second seven times.

Western ended up with 85 points, far ahead of second-place Howard's 39. For Molyneaux, the victory was nice, but he had other things on his mind.

"Basically, I'm looking at the clock," he said. "Some times could have been better, but I'm somewhat pleased."

Gabrielle Butler (100- and 300-meter hurdles), Tamara Clark (400, 800), Tamara Laing (100 and 200) and Kimya McCoy (1,600, 3,200) each crossed the finish line first twice for Western.

Molyneaux said the four are the nucleus of the team. Plus, the group helped out on the victorious relay teams. Western captured the 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Showing they aren't just a speed team, the Doves swept the top three spots in the 1,600 and 3,200. McCoy, Somaree Taru and Crystal Richburg grabbed first, second and third in both races.

Molyneaux said the team is hoping to peak in time for the Penn Relays at the end of the month and the state meet at the end of May.

"We're not running as fast as we should, [but] we're getting there," said Laing. "I think we'll be ready by the states."

Laing's time of 12.56 seconds in the 100 was her best this spring. Her winning time of 26.38 in the 200 was just .28 off of

her best this season.

Butler agreed with Laing, saying the team is starting to hit its stride.

"I still think everyone is doing better," said Butler. "I think we'll get better every meet."

Mona Jackson of Howard also had a big day. Jackson finished first in the high jump, long jump and triple jump for the Lions.

The Howard boys team rolled to an easy victory. The Lions finished with 86 points, far ahead of Archbishop Curley (33), Carver (25) and Poly (17).

The Lions were nearly as successful as Western, winning 12 of the 18 events. Howard showed talent in several places, scoring well in sprints, distance and field events.

Dave Krantz, Jason Stephens and Kevin Daniels each walked away with two first-place medals.

Krantz captured the 1,600 and 3,200, while Stephens ran away with 100 and 200 and Daniels won the high and triple jumps.

Krantz also added a third-place finish in the pole vault and worked on the second-place 3,200 relay. Jim McClellan won the pole vault, Turrae Jones the 400 and Eric Howard the 300 hurdles.

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