Jost leads charge for Perry Hall INDOOR TRACK

January 22, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Krissy Jost said she wasn't "intentionally" trying to set any meet records at yesterday's 33rd annual Maryland National Guard Scholastic Games at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

"I felt strong and I just ran the best I could," said the Perry Hall senior. "I didn't want to push myself too hard."

Jost may not have taken her body to the limit but the effort she gave was enough to earn her three gold medals, two meet records and one girls team title. The Gators won the girls team competition with 37 points, followed by Linganore of Frederick County with 34 and Old Mill with 29 1/2 .

Jost set a meet record in the 1,500-meter run (4 minutes, 42.3 seconds) and then held off Northwestern's Tamika Coombs in setting a meet standard in the 800 (2:19.2).

"I didn't know what the record was in the 1,500 but my father [Steve] came up to me before the 800 and showed me what the record was and said 'you can get this one'," said Jost, who picked up her third gold medal for helping the Gators win the 3,200 relay in 10:13.0. "I wasn't worried about the record, I was more worried about Tamika [Coombs]."

Jost left her worries behind in the 800 as she broke out front early in the race and defeated her Prince George's County rival by just over five seconds.

Joanna Helm helped Perry Hall's cause by finishing tied for fourth with Juliana Njoku of Paint Branch in the high jump.

Perry Hall's boys finished second in the team competition, falling six points shy of Greg Curtis-led Oakland Mills (42).

Jim Banach helped the Gators by winning the 55 dash, and teammate Dave Russell earned a gold medal in the pole vault by clearing the bar at 13 feet, 6 inches.

Perry Hall also won the boys 3,200 relay behind Drew Glorioso, Chris Marye, Shawn Kelly and Joe Lielich. Earlier in the day, Lielich collected a bronze medal in the 1,500 run (4:21.6).

Parkville's Dave Keller won the shot put with a throw of 49-9 1/2 .

Shawn Carpenter of Franklin was fourth in the 1,500 run, edging Parkville's Joe Smith. Carpenter, who scored all of the Indians' six points, also took fifth in the 3,000 and Smith added a fourth-place finish in the 800 (2:10.6).

Catonsville's girls team took eighth with the help of a second-place finish by Brigid O'Connell in the 3,000 and Tia Douglass' runner-up performance in the shot put.

Meghan White of Dulaney was third in the 3,000. Dante Palmer of Mervo finished second behind Banach in the boys dash.

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