On track, Superman turns into a monster Track and field: At Western Tech, Marcus Lynch has overcome many obstacles to establish himself as one of its finest student-athletes.

February 26, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Western Tech track coach Paul Sewell's enthusiastic talk about Marcus Lynch would indicate the 17-year-old can leap tall buildings in a single bound.

"At Western Tech, Marcus has been a basketball player, wrestler, football player and of course he's running track," said Sewell.

The muscular 5-foot-8, 165-pounder "can dunk a basketball, he can bench press 250 pounds and he's got not an ounce of fat on him," Sewell said. "You're talking about a blue-chip athlete."

Indeed, Lynch has some noteworthy achievements for Western Tech.

He earned two gold medals at the recent Class 1A-2A State Championships, winning at 55 meters (6.6 seconds) and 300 meters (37.0).

Two weeks earlier in the Baltimore County and 1A North Region indoor track meets, Lynch also won both those events and anchored his team's winning 800 relay teams. His personal best in the 55 is 6.4 seconds, and in the 300, 37.5.

Academically, he has seen his name on the school's honor roll and has scored a 1,110 on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

"He's a great kid with a soft personality," said Sewell, "but put him on the track and he's a monster."

But if Lynch were Western Tech's version of Superman, then his kryptonite would be television: "That's my weakness, I'm a TV junkie, which keeps me from accomplishing things sometimes," Lynch admitted.

But it has been his leaping over the tall hurdles of adulthood at an early age that has made Lynch all the more human.

Lynch's father died when he was 4. And because of personal reasons, he lives with his grandparents, Bobby and Lois, and not his mother.

"My mom and I are still close. She put me in Little League baseball. I love her," Lynch said. "But until she works out her situation, this [his grandparents' home] is a better place for me right now."

"This is a kid who has dealt with a lot of adversity with an incredible level of maturity," said Lynch's uncle, Herb Lynch, football coach at Hickey School. "A lot of the credit should go to his grandmother, who is a former school teacher and has done a tremendous job in the area of counseling him."

Lynch already has etched a permanent place for himself in the history books at Western Tech, having won the school's first region and state championships in any sport -- with last year's Class 1A 100 dash titles -- during the outdoor track season.

With the spring outdoor season just around the corner, Lynch isn't done yet.

Last fall, he became the school's all-time leading rusher and scorer in football, amassing 3,078 yards and 34 touchdowns over two seasons. His football exploits earned the admiration of county coaches, who selected him to play in the Baltimore County All-Star game. In the game, Lynch rushed for 108 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown.

Encouraged by his outdoor track success, Lynch ran summer track with the Harford County Track Club under the tutelage of Herb Lynch. Marcus Lynch ran a personal best 10.7 in the 100 dash over the summer.

"As an athlete, he's very persistent, willing to work as hard as it takes to get where he wants to go," said Herb Lynch.

"I think Marcus is one of those kids who has been fortunate to learn that in life you don't get something for nothing."

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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