2 sophomores steal show at Knights Invite

April 12, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When teams from eight of the top track and field programs in the state get together, records are expected to be broken.

What isn't expected is for two sophomores to walk away with the "Outstanding Athlete" awards.

But that is what happened at yesterday's fifth annual Knights Invite at North County High.

And Shani Moore couldn't have been more pleased.

Moore, a 10th-grader at McDonogh School, cleared a meet record 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump, won the 100 hurdles in 15.4 seconds and, to her surprise, received a trophy for the best early-season performance.

Paul Kent of Bowie got the other trophy after barreling his way through high winds and setting a meet record in the 400 run. Kent shaved six-tenths of a second off the old mark of 49.3, set last season by Woodlawn's Anthony Reid and he later won the 200 dash in 22.7.

"I didn't have any expectations coming in, I just prayed I would do my best," said Moore. "Actually, I wasn't feeling very confident going into this meet but everything just worked out in the end."

Things also are continuing to work out for North County sprinter Kiki Ellis. He maintained his unbeaten status in the 100 dash, winning the event in 10.9 seconds. Tyrone Powers, a sophomore at North County, was second to Ellis in the 100 and Kent in the 200.

Powers and Ellis combined with Toney Fowlkes and David Soaper to win the 800 relay in 1: 30.4.

Damion Moss of Meade took first in two events, the high and long jumps, and by clearing 6-2 in the high jump tied a meet record established by Todd Singleton of Old Mill in 1993.

Randy Copeland of Old Mill set one of the six meet records by covering 45-4 1/2 in the triple jump.

Old Mill senior Cathy Porter improved her meet record in the shot put to 36-10 and won the discus with a toss of 107-11.

McDonogh's Garth Terry broke a record that had held up for three years in winning the boys 3,000 (9: 11.5) and North County's James Rabbitt proved that his win at the state meet was no fluke by winning the pole vault.

Sarah Meehan of Old Mill was first in the 1,500 (5: 26.3) and third in the 3,000 behind two runners from Severna Park, including champion Kim Chwan.

Pub Date: 4/12/96

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