Mervo fields important points at 3A-4A meet

May 27, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

The first day of the state Class 3A-4A track and field championships at Western Maryland College yesterday was marked by violent thunderstorms that forced a 90-minute delay in the action.

But the wet conditions weren't enough to put a damper on Mervo coach Freddie Hendricks' day.

The Mustangs fared far better in the field events than they did a year ago en route to their second-place finish in Class 4A, setting up a three-way fight for first place between Mervo, Old Mill and Eleanor Roosevelt to be continued on Saturday.

After five events, Old Mill leads with 36 points, followed by Eleanor Roosevelt (27) and Gaithersburg (18). Mervo stands seventh with nine points, but has its best events yet to come.

"Except for the triple jump, we've done just about as well as we could've expected in the field," said Hendricks. "Those points are going to be really important for us."

Among Mervo's successes was Ben Braswell, who took second in the long jump at 23 feet, 3.5 inches, and Antoine Nelson, who won his heat of the 110 hurdles.

Qualifying for finals in the events to be conducted on Saturday were Braswell (100, 200), Royston Lyttle (100, 200), and Nelson and Jason Panniell (110 hurdles).

And that was despite the Mustangs not having a suitable facility at which to practice their field events.

Said Hendricks: "We always try to work on field events, but for us it's hard to do. We have our practice at the meets."

It was also a good day for the Perry Hall girls.

The Gators stand in a first-place tie with Chesapeake-AA after four events with Frederick third.

Their 3,200 relay team captured second place, besting their previous best time this year by 12 seconds.

"Every week we've pumped up our time," said co-coach Marilyn Bevans.

The 3,200 relay team of Heather Edwards, Megan Makowski, Jill Heckendorf and Krissy Jost finished in 9 minutes, 43.8 seconds, to finish third.

"I'm very happy with their performance," Bevans said.

Jost also finished second in the 3,200.

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