No. 2 Mervo's boys outshine No. 1 Oak. Mills at Morgan

Western's girls hold own in 25-team event featuring out-of-area powerhouses

Track and field

April 14, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Not many Baltimore-area schools showed up for the inaugural Morgan State University High School Track and Field Invitational.

The ones that did, however, represented the kind of quality the meet hopes to attract in the future, and did draw yesterday from Philadelphia, New Jersey and the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

Among the 25 teams were powerhouses such as William Penn (Pa.), Camden (N.J.), Oxon Hill, DeMatha, Wilson and Bowie - all of whom enjoyed the new state-of-the-art track and a scoreboard that simultaneously showed the runners in action in full color.

The No. 1 Oakland Mills boys and No. 2 Mervo boys, as well as the No. 3 Western girls, all made an impact at the meet.

Mervo outdid Oakland Mills by a considerable margin, partly because premier distance runner Izudin Mehmedovic elected to run only one individual event.

Mervo finished second in the 400 relay with Glenn Love, Damon Watson, Frankie Wright and Ronald Wright, who also claimed second in the 200 (22.25) and third in the 100 (11.25).

Mervo also was second in the 3,200 relay (8:14.07) with Jabari Bush, Brandon Lynch, Quinton Holliday and Julius Coleman. Bowie won it in 8:05.4.

The Mustangs won the distance medley relay in 11:05.59 with Bush, Andrew Hackett, Holliday and Brandon Lynch. Gilman was second in 11:29.46.

Mervo's Frankie Wright won the long jump (22-5) and was third in the triple jump. Hackett won the high jump (6-0) and was second in the triple jump (44-6 1/2 ).

"We're showing signs of coming around," said Mervo coach Fred Hendricks. "But we're a little banged up."

Mervo's other coach, Ron Neal, said: "This was good competition. To be the best, you can't duck anybody."

Mehmedovic won the 800 in 1:56.8 and ran another 1:56 leg for the Scorpions' third-place 3,200 relay. Also for Oakland Mills, Chris Barksdale won the 100 and Ricky McGinnis took second in the 3,200.

"We don't have a lot of depth and don't want to get the kids injured in April," said Scorpions coach Sam Singleton. "We'd run this meet again any time, because the facility is great and the competition fantastic."

Western's girls dominated the relays, winning the 3,200 and 1,600; they set a school record of 3:51.07 in the 1,600. Alicia Williams ran on both relays and also won the 800 open in a personal-best 2:20.2.

"Today was good, but we can run much faster," she said. "This track bounces you up and gives you a lot of lift."

Joining Williams on the 3,200 relay were Latosha Wallace, Rokesha Williams and Medchild Carter. Also on the 1,600 relay: Mariama Gondo, Wallace and Rokesha Williams. Gondo also ran second in the 100 in 12.22. Wallace was third in the 200.

"We're running faster than ever," Western coach Jerry Molyneaux said. "This was good competition."

Other area athletes who ran well included Mervo's April Mullen (fourth, 400 in 59.24), Oakland Mills' Anthony Cole (fourth, 200) and Gilman's Charles Sarbib-Brown (second, 110 hurdles in 15.57).

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