Borel stays positioned for success

UMBC senior wins title in NCAA shot put, takes NEC scholar-athlete award

State notebook


April 11, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

If only it were this easy to throw a shot put 57 feet, 5 inches to win the NCAA women's championship by nearly 2 feet, there would be a lot of champions like Cleopatra Borel out there.

UMBC's Borel, who yesterday won the 2001-2002 Northeast Conference Winter Scholar-Athlete Award for women's indoor track and field, said it's all in positioning.

"I always make sure I have my positions together," Borel said. "Once I am in the right position, I can set myself up to throw far. It is a philosophy that Coach [Brian King] and I have worked on for a long time."

That's why the senior from Trinidad and Tobago owns the school's first Division I national title in any sport. Borel is also the first NEC athlete to win a national title.

Kansas State's Austra Skujyte must be a believer in Borel's talents. Skujyte finished second to Borel in the Division I track and field championships at the University of Arkansas - nearly 2 feet behind with a toss of 55-9.

Field of dreams

The Maryland softball team (24-17) opened its state-of-the-art field next to the Comcast Center yesterday in College Park with a doubleheader sweep, 7-0 and 3-2, over Towson University (22-14).

The grand opening of the $3.6 million complex is scheduled for next season in conjunction with the completion of the Comcast Center.

The stadium includes seating for more than 1,000, underground dugouts with restrooms, two bullpen areas and four batting cages, an electronic scoreboard, a concessions area, a ticket booth, a press box and a Bermuda Grass outfield. The home run fence is 200 feet away to all fields.

March rains prevented the Terps from playing in the stadium until yesterday.

Salisbury chasing titles

As they reach the halfway mark in their spring schedules, five Salisbury University teams are ranked in the top 20 nationally in Division III.

The men's lacrosse team (9-2) is seventh, baseball (19-6-3) is eighth, women's lacrosse (6-4) is eighth, men's track, which rarely runs dual meets, is 16th, and the softball team (24-7) is ranked 20th.

Et cetera

Candice Ginsberg and Mike Bryant have been chosen the 2001-2002 Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year at Bowie State.

Mount St. Mary's junior right-hander Brian Santo was chosen as the NEC Pitcher of the Week for giving up just two hits and striking out 10 in 8 2/3 innings over two games last week.

The Navy track and field 6,000-meter relay team of Aaron Lanzel, Brian Harrington, Ray Driscoll and Erik Schmidt ran to a sixth-place finish last weekend at the 75th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.

Navy will officially open Ingram Field on Saturday by playing host to American and Colgate in a 10 a.m. tri-meet in Annapolis.

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