Roosevelt sweeps 4A states Mervo boys fall by seven points

February 22, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When Mervo's boys 1,600-meter relay team, fastest in the metro area, was disqualified for wearing jewelry at last week's regional meet, Mustangs coach Ronald Neal said, "That might be the state championship right there."

Neal's words proved prophetic yesterday as Mervo fell seven points short of Prince George's County power Eleanor Roosevelt in the Class 4A state championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Roosevelt swept the team competition. Roosevelt's boys held off Mervo, 64-57, while its girls team won the title with 63 points, followed by runner-up Arundel (47) and Oxon Hill (46). Dulaney's girls were fourth with 26 points and Anne Arundel County perennial power Old Mill was fifth with 25.

Arundel senior Christy Nichols showed why she will travel to South Africa next month for the World Cross Country Championships as she emerged as the meet's only triple-champ.

Nichols won the 3,200 and her time of 10 minutes, 30.7 seconds trimmed nearly 17 seconds off the state record set by Dulaney's Amanda White in 1992. She also edged runner-up Meghan White of Dulaney to win the 1,600 and won the 800 in 2:23.1.

"I wanted to win the 1,600 but try to save up as much as I could for the 3,200 because I was going for the record," said Nichols. "They were giving me my split times and I got scared after the quarter-mile because I did it in 70 [seconds] and I knew that was a little too fast. I was just hoping I wouldn't die."

The long-awaited matchup between James Carter of Mervo and North County's Toney Fowlkes in the 300 -- lived up to its billing. Carter won the race in a state-record time of 35.64 seconds, followed by Fowlkes in 36.0.

"I saw her [Fowlkes'] time for the 300 in the regionals and I was like, 'It's going to be a good matchup,' " said Carter. "My goal coming in was to break the record in the 300, which I did, and try to stack up points to win a state title."

Old Mill shot putter Cathy Porter won her third straight indoor state title with a throw of 38-3 1/2 and teammate Renita Collins third.

James Rabbitt of North County, a senior pole vaulter who entered the states with a personal best jump of 10-6, cleared 13-0 to become the Knights' first state champion pole vaulter.

The Knights' Kiki Ellis missed setting a state record by six-100ths of a second, but his time of 6.3 seconds still earned him a state title in the boys 55 --.

Mervo senior Mike Curtis won the boys 1,600 and then fended off Perry Hall runner-up Omar Knight by four-10ths to win the 800 (2:01.1). Damion Moss of Meade was crowned state champ in the boys high jump after clearing 6-4. He also picked up a silver medal in the 55 hurdles and bronze in the 55 dash.

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