Sprinter Chambers in books at Towson

48.98 sets 400 record

gym dedicated to Scott

State notebook


April 18, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Was it the warm spring afternoon or was it the perfect health Towson University sprinter Rob Chambers was enjoying Saturday when he broke the school's 400-meter record that had stood for 34 years?

"Both," said Chambers who was clocked in 48.98 seconds to surpass Ed Bowie's record of 49.7, established in 1968.

Chambers, a senior out of Arundel High, said he sensed something special might happen when he and fellow Tigers sprinters Will Mitjans and Colby Stiles were "sitting around talking about breaking the record" before the race at the University of Delaware Invitational in Newark, Del.

"It was the first time I'd talked about the record since my sophomore year, when I first arrived here at Towson," said Chambers who transferred after one year at Anne Arundel Community College.

Chambers, Mitjans and Stiles then went out and did something they had never accomplished before. They finished 1-2-3, respectively, as Chambers broke Bowie's mark.

"The record and our sweeping the top three places were both big thrills for me," said Chambers. "My sprints coach [Herb Lynch] said I would be peaking around May 1 and he was so right."

Now, it's on to the Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Championships this weekend at Towson, and Chambers believes the Tigers have a good shot at finishing among the top three teams in their first year in the conference.

Honor at Hopkins

Bob Scott is considered "Mr. Lacrosse" in the Baltimore area by many, and on Friday the school's new gymnasium was named in honor of the longtime Johns Hopkins coach and athletic director.

The Robert H. Scott Gymnasium at the new Hopkins recreation center is an 18,000 square foot, multipurpose floor that can be set up as three basketball courts, five volleyball courts or three badminton courts.

The naming of the gym in Scott's honor was made possible by a bequest from Larry Goldfarb, a longtime supporter of Hopkins athletics. Goldfarb, who died in 2001, was a close friend of Scott's.

Bowie shoots for title

The Bowie State softball team (15-11) will begin play today at noon in the double-elimination, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament in Petersburg, Va.

The Bulldogs will take a seven-game winning streak into their first-round matchup against Johnson C. Smith (18-3), which finished second in the CIAA West Division. Bowie State was a third-place finisher in the East.

Bowie was 13-9 in league play, and Johnson C. Smith, which didn't play any nonleague games, was 18-3 in the CIAA.

Five enter Mount hall

The Mount St. Mary's National Alumni Association inducted five members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Entering the Mount hall were baseball star Paul Clarke (class of 1954), track and field All-American Michelle Dixon (1987), three-time All-American decathlete, Knute Gunderson (1988), women's record-breaking basketball player Kim Rhock (1990) and baseball/soccer athlete Thomas "Woody" Stoner.

Hopkins keeps rolling

The Johns Hopkins baseball team has won 14 of its past 15 games to improve its overall record to 26-5 and Centennial Conference mark to 12-1.

Senior Karl Sineath has moved into second place on the career runs-scored list (161), needing just three runs to become the school's all-time leader.

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