Howard boys blister field at Hurt Classic

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

Howard boys coach Tony Holland said that, with the tough part of the schedule looming, his Lions needed a boost.

They certainly got it yesterday.

Howard captured first place 12 out of 18 times, winning in a variety of events to roll up 86 points and score an easy victory in the Edward P. Hurt Track Classic at Poly.

The Lions had little trouble at this meet. They won sprints, distance races, relays and field events. There was little the Lions did wrong, and Holland said the timing could not have been better.

"This will build [their] confidence," said Holland. "We needed this boost because things are going to get more difficult. We needed this big win for the long, grueling season."

The Lions made this meet, sponsored by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, a long and grueling day for their opponents. Howard finished with 86 points, easily outdistancing Archbishop Curley with 33 and Carver with 25.

Dave Krantz, Jason Stephens and Kevin Daniels each won two first-place medals for Howard. Krantz won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. 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. In addition, Jim McClellan won the pole vault, Turrae Jones captured the 400 and Eric Howard won the 300 hurdles.

Howard got some help on the relays from members of its football team that made the state playoffs last fall.

Jones, Brian Bush, Guy Smith, Corey Curtis helped Howard win the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays and take second in the 3,200.

"It was good exposure," said Stephens.

"Running against new people you've never run against before. It's a good experience. You learn not to be intimidated by other people and not to underestimate them."

Said McClellan: "We have a young team. I think it helps, especially when you have a young team that may not know how to win yet."

Mona Jackson certainly learned more about winning. Jackson led the Howard girls to a second-place finish.

Western's girls won 12 of 17 events to rack up 85 points, outdistancing Howard (39).

Jackson won the long jump (16-6), high jump (5-3) and triple jump (36-6). Those were the only first-place finishes for Howard.

"She's been on lately," said Howard girls coach Joe Thomas.

"She is just getting so much better. She is constantly setting personal records."

Lisa Pasteur (second in shot put and discus), Colleen Parker (second in 200 meters and triple jump) and Melissa Williamson (second in high jump, third in 100 hurdles) also helped the Lions.

That was not enough, however, to overcome Western. The Doves had Gabrielle Butler (100 and 300 hurdles), Tamara Clark (400, 800 meters), Tamara Laing (100, 200) and Kimya McCoy (1,600 and 3,200) each walk away with two first-place medals. The Doves also won all four relays.

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