Stroup, Masterson cruise at Woodlawn

Distance runners overcome cold day to earn top honors

April 08, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A cold day of weather couldn't stop River Hill's Shane Stroup, and it just might have helped Annapolis' Erin Masterson.

Stroup and Masterson, two of the top distance runners in the state, both performed at the top of their game yesterday, each winning two events at the first ever Woodlawn Warrior Invitational. Each was named the meet's most outstanding performer.

Chilly temperatures, light showers and a number of late withdrawals by some of the top runners put a slight damper on the meet, one of the largest in the Baltimore area with 37 teams from four different classes in attendance. Masterson, however, didn't mind the cold. The senior from Anne Arundel county blew away the field in the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5:15.6 and ran a personal best of 11:35 in the 3,200, finishing just ahead of River Hill's Lee McDuff.

"I think I actually work well in this weather," Masterson said. "My parents have kind of noticed that when it's cool and rainy is when I end up doing my best. I feel bad that my coach had to sit out in the cold all this time, but it's not so bad for me. I'm pretty happy."

For Stroup, who only a week ago set two meet records at the Mount St. Joseph Invitational, the Woodlawn meet was a solid test, which was just what he was looking for. Stroup easily won the 1,600 with a time of 4:22, but actually trailed by a decent margin in the 800 into the final stretch before he burst in the last 100 meters for a victory.

"I kind of feel like I haven't been able to get as good of a workout as I've wanted to lately," Stroup said. "I had to kind of turn on the jets there in the 800, and I didn't think that I had it. Luckily, I just pulled it out in the last 100."

Stroup, along with Oakland Mills sprinter Kyle Farmer, has certainly established himself as the top talent in the Baltimore area, and knows expectations are on him to perform at every meet. And while his outdoor season has been going well, he fully expects it to get even better.

"I kind of happy with spring break here now," Stroup said. "I feel like it's a chance for me to get a good workout in without being interrupted by a lack of time. Today I was going for a good time, but I wasn't really prepared for it. I ran exactly the same [in the 1,600] as last week so I didn't feel like I improved."

Several area athletes posted impressive times despite the conditions. Antoinette Gorham, of Eleanor Roosevelt, won the girls 400 with a stellar time of 55.92. Glenelg's Sabrina Putro won the discus with a throw of 119 feet, 9 inches. Oakland Mills, despite running without Farmer, won the 800 relay in 1:29.46. Fredrick's Vikas Gowda won the discus on the boys side (194-7).

Full meet results were not made available as of press time.

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