W. Md.'s Von Tobel saves best for last

On Colleges

June 11, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

For someone who almost didn't qualify for the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships, Western Maryland senior Carl Von Tobel did pretty well for himself.

Von Tobel became only the third national champion at Western Maryland when he won the men's javelin competition at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., unleashing a throw of 214-4 to outdistance Rich Bodine of Rowan (N.J.) College, who placed second at 206-5. Defending champion John Lischner of Thiel (Pa.) College was third at 204-1.

Von Tobel, a native of Paramus, N.J., had the best mark in Division III during the regular season at a school-record 218-3. But during the trials on May 23, his throw of 178-2 was good for only 11th place out of 17 entrants. The top 12 performers moved on to the championship round.

He saved his best for last, earning All-America honors for the fourth time. He placed second at the Division III championships last year and fifth in 1994. As a freshman at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, he took eighth in the Division II meet.

Western Maryland's past NCAA titlists were Tom Pontecorvo, a heavyweight boxing champion in 1936, and Norwegian native Knut Hjeltnes, who won the discus in the 1973 College Division outdoor track and field meet.

Carlucci to row

William Carlucci, a 1989 graduate of Johns Hopkins, has been selected to compete on the U.S. rowing team in the summer Olympics.

Carlucci, who was a member of the Blue Jays' crew team, will row in the men's lightweight four boat from July 22-28 in Gainesville, Ga. This will be the first time that lightweight rowing is recognized as an Olympic sport.

Carlucci won a silver medal as part of the U.S. team that participated in the 1995 Pan American Games.

Also competing on the U.S. team is Ruth Davidon, who is a student at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She will take part in the women's heavyweight scull singles.

Marchant is honored

Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Milford Marchant, who helped the Blue Jays reach the semifinals of the NCAA lacrosse tournament, was named the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Division I Scholar All-American. Earlier, he had been named to the GTE Academic All-District Spring At-Large Team.

The Severn School graduate has a 3.3 grade-point average in Hopkins' pre-medical program, and posted a 4.0 during the spring semester.

A four-year starter at midfield, Marchant had 24 goals and eight assists in 11 games. He scored a career-high four goals in the Blue Jays' 12-7 win over Notre Dame in the tournament's opening round.

Marchant totaled 69 goals and 24 assists during his Hopkins career. He recently was named to the All-America third team.

UMBC's Gloyd leaves team

UMBC junior guard Jen Gloyd has been accepted to the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Physical Therapy and won't return to the basketball team next season.

Gloyd, a 5-foot-7 shooting guard, averaged 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. She leaves as the school's all-time leader in three-pointers in a single-season (40) and career (62).

A biology major with a 3.56 grade-point average, Gloyd made a nice recovery over the past two years from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener against North Carolina in 1993. She started 35 games and had 367 career points.

"I have mixed emotions," said coach Kathy Solano. "As a coach, I'll miss Jen's leadership and talent in the backcourt. As an educator, I realize this is a great opportunity and an honor that Jen can't pass up."

Turner leads in scoring

With 20 goals and 29 assists, attackman Chris Turner (Boys' Latin) became the first freshman to lead UMBC in scoring since the program moved to Division I in 1981.

He rated pretty well among freshman in the country, finishing seventh in assists with 2.42 per game and tied for 18th in scoring with 4.08 points.

UMBC signs volleyballers

Northern of Calvert's Joanne Marshall and Jackie Canning headed the list of high school volleyball standouts to sign national letters of intent to play at UMBC.

Marshall, a 5-10 outside hitter, led the Patriots to back-to-back 4A state championships. Canning, a 5-7 backcourt specialist, also was a starter on those teams and holds the state record for points-per-match average. She also was named the Patriots' best passer and server.

Also signing were Jill Riding, a 5-11 outside hitter who led Scripps Ranch High in San Diego to the Western League Championship, and Victoria Leftwich, a 5-10 middle hitter from Rancho Buena Vista (Calif.) High. Riding was a member of the National Honor Society and principal's honor roll the past four years, and Leftwich was a Union Tribune All-Academic Team selection in 1994.

"This is the strongest recruiting class that we have had in the six years I have been coaching," said Catherine Lavery. "Usually, we will get one impact player, but all of these student-athletes will contribute immediately, and three of them could possibly be in our starting lineup."

Pub Date: 6/11/96

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