Russell is foiled in vault bid, but Perry Hall rolls

January 25, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

After clearing 14 feet in last Monday's practice session in the Perry Hall High gymnasium, Dave Russell was looking to go one inch higher and break the county pole vault record at yesterday's Baltimore County Indoor Track Relay Championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

The Perry Hall vaulter cleared 13-7 with plenty of room to spare on one of his early efforts but, as has been the case all season, when the bar was set at 14-1, Russell ran into trouble.

His first trip down the runway toward a county record was cut short when an athlete inadvertently walked into his path. After stopping just short of the mat, the 5-foot-10 senior regrouped and headed down the runway again. But he couldn't get over the bar and had to settle for a county relay record as opposed to the overall record of 14-0 set by Perry Hall grad Bob Phillips in 1977.

"Something always falls apart for me at 14-1," said Russell, whose school had no difficulty sweeping the boys and girls team titles yesterday.

Russell and teammates Jeff Newman (12-0) and Josh List (10-0) set the three-man county vault record with a combined height of 35-7.

Also, Joanna Helm, Dottie Hudson, Lisa Goddard and Krissy Jost helped put Perry Hall in the county relay record books when they finished the sprint relay -- legs of 400 meters, 200, 200 and 800 -- in 4 minutes, 24 seconds -- 6.2 seconds better than the previous mark.

Perry Hall's boys team, which had 38 points more than co-runner-ups Park and Dulaney (30), also won the high jump relay, the sprint medley relay and the distance medley.

The Gators' girls team, a 72-58 winner over runner-up Dulaney, captured first place in six of the eight events. Perry Hall won the 3,200, 1,600 and 800 relays, as well as the sprint medley, distance medley relay and high jump. Helm led the Gators' high-jumping crew by leaping 4-10.

The girls shot put relay went to Catonsville -- Tia Douglass (31-6 1/2 ), Lori Havrill (29-10) and Melissa Howes (21-2) for a net distance of 82-6 1/2 .

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