After quitting UM, Hasan finds new pace suits him

Howard notebook

April 23, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

For runner Faisal Hasan, less is more these days.

The former Wilde Lake cross country and track star, who was asked to train upward of 90 miles a week for the University of Maryland, decided his body could not perform optimally under that duress and quit the Terps track team last winter.

"It was leaving me with tired legs all the time," he said of the high-mileage workouts. Since quitting, Hasan has cut back to 60 miles a week of training on his own. And it paid off Sunday when he won Clyde's American 10K at Lake Kittamaqundi in downtown Columbia.

Displaying a strong kick in the final 400 meters, Hasan passed veteran Gerry Clapper, a four-time Clyde's winner and the race's pace-setter. Hasan, whose personal best is a 4: 15 mile, ran the final Clyde's mile in a sensational 4: 40.

It was Hasan's first win at a big road race, his fourth time running Clyde's. He was fourth last year.

Hasan, 21, has kept sharp by running in open track meets. He won both the 5,000 and 1,500 meters at Mary Washington College three weeks ago. He'll race at George Mason in a couple of weeks.

The junior electrical engineering major hasn't ruled out running again for Maryland, so he didn't accept the first-place gift certificate offered by Clyde's. That would have made him ineligible for further NCAA competition.

Centennial hires Zehe

Jim Zehe is the new Centennial boys soccer coach, replacing Ron Martin, who resigned after last season. Zehe, a Centennial teacher, coached the Centennial JV team for one season. He also is the JV lacrosse coach.

Martin, who replaced the legendary Bill Stara, complied a 32-9-4 record in three seasons and was named The Sun Howard County Coach of the Year in 1997.

Around the diamond

Howard's upset of No. 7-ranked Centennial on Tuesday gave the Lions (9-3 overall, 7-3 league) a tie with Glenelg for second place, one game behind the Eagles in the league baseball standings.

Since opening the season with losses to Centennial (2-1), Atholton (7-3) and Glenelg (6-5), the Lions, who were 10-13 last season, have won nine straight games while displaying a potent offense.

Matt Sands (2-0), the team's No. 4 pitcher, threw a complete-game four-hitter.

Hammond catcher Bob Maxey has hit four home runs in his last three games -- all at Hammond. He has five this season.

Et cetera

T.J. Welsh, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Oakland Mills quarterback who helped lead the Scorpions to their first state championship last fall and was The Sun's Howard County Offensive Player of the Year, will attend Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.

Welsh, who will study pre-law, signed a letter of intent last week.

Oakland Mills' boys track team nipped Wilde Lake, 69-67, on Monday, highlighted by Wildecat Andrew Sterling's win over Kyle Farmer in the 100 meters by one-tenth of a second (10.7 to 10.8).

Farmer won the 200 in 22.6 seconds and the 400 in 49.9, and Scorpions teammate Nick Fambro won three events.

Centennial's 12-11 victory over Oakland Mills in boys lacrosse last Friday provided the season's most exciting ending.

The Scorpions rallied from a 9-6 deficit late in the third quarter, and Steve Blakely's goal with 18 seconds left appeared to be the game-winner. Instead, the Eagles went the length of the field, and Dave Paolisso scored off a feed from Eric Jones with four seconds left.

Pub Date: 4/23/99

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