3 Columbia high school students will escort Olympic torch bearers

June 18, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

Three Columbia high school students will escort 1996 Olympic Torch bearers as the flame comes through Baltimore this week on its way to Atlanta.

Rachel Nelson, Stephon Petro and Kevin Williams, all 17 and graduates of Oakland Mills High School, are among 28 students from across the state chosen as escorts by Powerade, the official sport drink of the Olympic Games.

Kenneth Fischer, 18, of Sykesville, also will be a torch bearer escort. "I'm really excited," said Nelson, who will attend University of California-Davis in the fall. "I just broke my foot on Easter, so this is a good comeback. This is an honor for me."

Nelson has participated in cross country and indoor track for four years, and outdoor track for one year.

"It's a neat thing to be a part of the Olympics in some way," said Petro, who is going to Haverford College this fall. Petro has run cross country and track for four years.

The student escorts will run 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) of the torch's 15,000-mile trek across the country, which began in Los Angeles on April 27.

The students will accompany the torch bearers through sections of Baltimore tomorrow and Thursday. The torch is scheduled to arrive at 10: 44 p.m. Wednesday at the Harborplace Amphitheater in Baltimore.

Powerade chose 2,000 students across the country to run with the torch in their home states. They were nominated by their schools and chosen based on their academic record, participation in athletics and community service.

Pub Date: 6/18/96

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