Dulaney's 'most competitive athlete' Indoor track: Meghan White has gone through high school hearing about her older sister's records, but make no mistake, she's made her own name memorable, too.

February 02, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

/TC Meghan White sat in the bleachers in Dulaney High School's gymnasium one afternoon last week and gazed across the hardwood floor at the four red and white banners that bear her sister's name.

"Amanda White, Kinney National Champion, 1992," reads one. "Amanda White, National Scholar Athlete, 1992," is inscribed on another.

Meghan was beginning to answer a stranger's question as to how difficult it has been running in the footsteps of a county legend when Dulaney athletic director and cross country coach Bob Dean walked over, handed her a Baltimore County All-Academic team certificate, and congratulated her on her latest achievement.

Moments later, she was politely interrupted by Dulaney coach Jeff Mann, who informed her visitor of something that is common knowledge to anyone who has ever coached Meghan White.

"You're interviewing one of Dulaney's finest," said Mann, striving for brevity. "She's the most competitive athlete in Dulaney's history."

When the room finally quieted, Meghan, a senior, went back to answering the original question about the lofty expectations she's had to deal with.

"When I came in as a freshman I remember hearing rumors that, 'Oh, she's better than Mandy. She's going to do even more,' and I was kind of nervous that people were going to have all these high expectations of me.

"But once I got out there, I just worked as hard as I could every day, and I knew that was all that anyone could expect of me," said White, who will lead top-ranked Dulaney into Tuesday's region championship meet at the 5th Regiment Armory.

"I talk to Amanda [a senior at Stanford] a lot on the phone and on the Internet, and she's embarrassed about the banners. I'll tease her and say, 'I saw your shrine today.' But deep down, I'm proud of her, and I'm proud of what she has done.

"Sometimes I feel like I haven't lived up to what she has accomplished, but then I think to myself, 'I've done a lot, too, with the talent God has given me.' "

Proof hangs on the wall across the gym from her sister's "shrine." State title banners for girls cross country occupy an entire partition, a bold indication of the Lions' dominance over the past three years.

By no coincidence, Meghan was named an All-Metro performer the past three seasons and last winter was named the All-Baltimore City/County Indoor Track Performer of the Year.

On the rare days when things didn't go her way, Meghan would use the advice her sister gave her to help her get through it.

"Amanda always told me, 'Even though you're a good runner, don't let people categorize you as a runner. You have other things.' That stuck with me," said Meghan, daughter of former Baltimore Colts linebacker Stan White. "Running is important to me, but it's not everything."

With a 3.7 grade-point average and a penchant for improving in everything she does, Meghan White is the definition of the complete package and the consummate student-athlete.

Unlike last summer, when she spent five weeks training for triathlons at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., the 17-year-old will focus on running this summer in preparation for the start of her collegiate career.

White has narrowed her college choices to the University of North Carolina and Wake Forest, where she plans on pursuing a degree in physical therapy or sports medicine. She'll make some college coach happy, said Dave Schoppe, Dulaney's indoor track coach.

"She is super. If you had a whole team of Meghan Whites, you would be happy," said Schoppe. "You say, 'Run.' She says, 'How far?' "

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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