Glenelg, Howard weather tri-meet

May 06, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Strong wind gusts and cooler temperatures forced a change in strategy at Howard High's tri-meet with Hammond and Glenelg.

The unfavorable weather conditions dictated a need for athletes to work on their form and weaknesses as the county tournament approaches instead of aiming for personal bests.

Hammond's girls depth aided the Golden Bears (55 points) to relay, short sprint and hurdle victories, but it was not enough to push coach Joe Russo's county-favored squad past Glenelg (56 points), a long-distance event dominator. Field-strong Howard finished third with 50 points.

Howard boys easily captured first with 105 points, besting distant Hammond (37 points) and Glenelg (27 points).

Hammond and Howard, two of the area's top 800-meter girls relay teams, lived up to expectations as the Golden Bears edged the host Lions, 1 minute, 49.9 seconds to 1:50.5.

"That team was running without Kisha Jett," said Russo. "When she runs in the 800 event, they'll post a time of 1:46."

Hammond's relay team of Sonia Bowes, Monica White, Tiffany Murray and Monica Stevens also finished first in the 100 (53.1). Glenelg won the 400 relays (4:26.2).

Jett, the Golden Bears premier senior, captured the 100 in 12.4 and the 100 hurdles in 14.9, nearly two seconds faster than the boys top finisher, Howard junior Shane Sanders (16.4). Sanders also took first in the 300 (46.1), while Jett captured the 200 (26.3) and 400 (1:04.6)

Hammond senior Jon White proved to be a personal-best exception by winning the 100 in 11.19, four-tenths of a second better than his previous effort. White also took first in the 400 (52.5).

FTC "I've been trying to still lift for football and run to keep up my speed this spring. I'm just starting to get in form," said White, who will play football next fall at Montgomery-Rockville College with teammate and fellow linebacker Jim Jackson.

Howard senior Kevin Daniels once again swept the long jump (19-6), high jump (5-10) and triple jump.

"The wind made me concentrate on improving my second step in the triple jump, which is my biggest weakness," said Daniels, who has posted personal best marks of 20-3 (long jump) and 41-7 (triple jump).

"Last week's win over the Centennial boys [Matt Kilpatrick and James Koehler] in the high jump certainly gave me a boast in confidence," said Daniels, who topped the two Eagles with a leap of 6-4.

Howard senior pole vaulter Jim McClellan continued his quest to pose a serious challenge to Atholton senior pole vaulter Omar El Sawi, as the Lion vaulted 13-3 for the second consecutive week.

"He's going for the school record 13-7, but Jim needs ideal weather conditions," said Howard coach Dave Glenn. "The wind was cutting across at an angle, making it difficult."

Senior Alicia Adams led Glenelg's 3,200 team to victory (11:09.2), 35 seconds faster than Howard. Adams also took first in the 3,200 (11:37.5) and teammate Megan Brown placed first in the mile (6:06).

Hammond senior Traci Baumgarner took the shot put (30 feet) and Howard's Yamika Blackston bested her senior teammate Mona Jackson in the long jump with a leap of 16-2. Jackson won the high jump with a leap of 5-0.

For the boys, Glenelg captured the 3,200 relay (9:10.8), Hammond sophomore Ron Gambel (40-7) surprised county favorite Dan Ballentine (40-3) of Glenelg in the shot put, and Howard swept the 100 (47.2), 400 and 800 (1:37.5) relays.

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