Mervo boys, Western win team titles Mustangs' Carter breaks, ties 300, 55 hurdle marks

January 23, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The second annual Baltimore City Track Championships went much the same way as they did last season with Mervo's boys and Western repeating as team champions yesterday at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Mervo, led by senior James Carter, racked up 177 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Carver (59) and third-place Northern (55).

The margin wasn't quite as wide for Western, but the result was the same as the Doves out scored upstart Northern, 123-89, for the girls' title.

"Some of the kids ran well today, but we have to get more focused for regionals," said Mervo's Ron Neal. "Our team has gotten a little bit of a big head lately so we have to get back to the basics."

Western coach Jerry Molyneaux similarly was unenthused by his team's victory.

"It was not important winning or losing this track meet today. It was just another day of getting ourselves in some kind of shape," said Molyneaux. "This was our third meet of the year because of the snow so I wasn't looking at winning or losing. The progress that they made for the condition they are in is good. I'm impressed with their condition somewhat. I don't worry about winning; I never do. I get my people ready and work on their technique, endurance and focus."

Carter broke his own meet record in winning the boys' 300 -- (36.9) and tied another record by finishing the 55 hurdles in 7.4 seconds.

Antoine Collins helped the Mustangs' cause by claiming first in the 800 run and finished second behind teammate Mike Curtis in the 1,600. Curtis, who is playing basketball and running track this winter, earned a second gold medal in the 3,200.

Elizabeth Johnson led the way for Western as she won the 800- and 1,600-meter events.

Janel Stewart of Northern showed her versatility by claiming first in the girls' 55 -- (7.4) and the shot put (28-10 1/2 ).

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