Weather dampens Howard's chances of scoring points

May 27, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Rain, thunder and lightning delayed the Maryland state track and field championships at Western Maryland College yesterday, costing Howard High critical points in several Class 3A field events.

During a 90-minute delay, coming after an hour of Class 3A and 4A competition at Scott S. Blair Stadium, Howard lost strong chances to capture points in boys 3A competition as four seniors elected to head back to school with boys coach Dave Glenn to attend the school's senior awards banquet.

"The rain helped make up their minds real quick," said Howard assistant boys coach Tony Holland, who added the stay-or-go decision was left up to each athlete. "We lost sprinter Guy Smith as well as high jumpers Javier Michaux and Kevin Daniels, who left after jumping 6-0 in the high jump. Kevin would have easily placed in that event and is out of the long jump competition, too."

Daniels finished second to Seneca Valley's Lamont Reed (6-2) in the high jump, despite skipping his last several attempts. County high jump champion James Koehler of Centennial topped off at 6-0.

Howard senior Jim McClellan stayed to compete in the pole vault. His decision paid off as he won with a mark of 13 feet, 6 inches higher than second-place Danny Nicholson of Linganore.

Centennial's boys team, the Class 3A East region champion over Howard, placed sixth in the 3,200-meter relay won by Walt Whitman (8 minutes, 2.51 seconds). Senior miler Kevin Hill paced the Eagles' by running the anchor leg as Centennial finished in 8:21.23.

Hill led much of the individual 3,200 race, giving way to Walter Johnson's Josh Orenstein at the start of the final lap.

Howard junior Mona Jackson placed second in the girls triple jump. Jackson, who set the county record earlier this spring at 36-6, recorded a best jump of 35-7.

Centennial's girls 3,200 relay team led by senior Ali Hoover finished fourth in 10:04.9.

In the 100, Howard juniors Kim Morehouse (girls) and Jason Stephens (boys) qualified for tomorrow's finals by placing in the top four. Stephens also qualified for the 200, while Howard freshman Coleen Parker made the 200 girls final. Mount Hebron junior Leonard Frieson qualified for the boys 110 hurdles in 16.11.

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