Pitts points way for Coppin at MEAC meet

April 21, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

Coppin State does not have the strongest women's track and field team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, but the Eagles certainly have the league's most versatile runner.

The Eagles finished fourth at last weekend's MEAC Championships, and without senior Diana Pitts they would have wound up considerably closer to the bottom.

Pitts won the 200- and 400-meter titles to help Coppin State score 64 points. She warmed up for her championship runs in the semifinals on Friday, when she ran the 400 in 53.09 seconds, which provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA championships.

The following day, Pitts edged North Carolina A&T's Josette Battle in the 200 with a time of 24.27. Next, she blew away the field by completing the 400 in 53.86.

Bearly second

Morgan State's men's track team barely missed winning its second MEAC title in three months. The Bears scored 99 points, coming up just a half-point short of conference champion North Carolina A&T.

Senior Troy McIntosh recovered sufficiently from persistent hamstring problems to win the 400 title in 47.14 seconds, then led the Bears to a championship in the 4 x 400 relay.

Mark Sye also won the pole vault competition (3.65 meters), while Derry Pemberton took second place in the 100 (10.78) and 200 --es (21.30). Antoine Peck also finished second in the triple jump with a 14.32-meter effort.

Retrieving records

UMBC freshman sprinter David Bobb, of High Point High in Beltsville, continues to be impressive.

Bobb, who had set several indoor and outdoor records before last week, did it again at the Duke Invitational. He broke his own records in the 100 and 200 --es with respective times of 10.42 and 21.15 seconds. He was second in the 100 and fifth in the 200, and his time in the 100 missed the NCAA provisional qualifying standard by .02 of a second.

Bobb owns indoor records in the 55-meter (6.34) and the 200-meter (22.19) --es.

Jays roll on

The Johns Hopkins baseball team saw its 16-game winning streak end Sunday when Franklin & Marshall edged the Blue Jays, 4-3. Hopkins bounced back to gain a split of the doubleheader with a 2-1 victory that kept its fine season rolling.

The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in the NCAA Division III coaches poll with a 22-4 record, including 10-1 in the Centennial Conference.

The Blue Jays are producing everywhere. They are hitting .347 and averaging 8.5 runs a game, and their pitching staff has worked to a 3.00 ERA.

Senior shortstop Joe Kail has starred lately. Last week, he hit safely in all six games, went 11-for-18 (.611), scored 11 runs, hit two home runs and stole seven bases without getting caught. For the season, Kail leads the team in hitting (.397) and steals (13 in 14 attempts) and he has driven in 20 runs and has committed only four errors.

Getting better

Having concluded its third season, Morgan State's softball team is getting better. And the Bears appear to have their offensive game down pat. Pitching is another story.

The Bears wound up at 7-18, which is six more victories than they managed in their previous two seasons combined. They did it mainly on the strength of their hitters, who averaged 9.4 runs and combined on a .342 batting average.

Junior Angel McNamara (Easton) led the way. She finished 17th in the NCAA with a team-high .463 batting average and added 29 RBIs and 39 steals, second in the nation. Sophomore Cora Williams also had a terrific spring, hitting .367 with a team-high 31 doubles and 30 steals. Freshman catcher Vickie Kelson batted .373.

If the Bears can get hitters out with any consistency next year, they might approach the .500 mark.

Opponents batted .315 and scored 392 runs against Morgan -- nearly 16 runs per game.

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