Atholton's Grigoriev sets Penn Relays mark

151-10 is discus record

Stroup 2nd in boys mile

Track And Field

April 27, 2002|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PHILADELPHIA - Lindsay Grigoriev's day started with modest expectations. It ended with her having her picture taken with Bill Cosby.

The Atholton junior won the girls high school discus title at the Penn Relays yesterday at the University of Pennsylvania.

Grigoriev's effort of 151 feet 10 inches established a meet record, earning top individual honors among the girls.

After receiving her Penn Relays championships watch on the Franklin Field turf, she had her her picture taken with Cosby, the famed comedian who's been a longtime fixture at the Philadelphia event.

"I didn't know if I was going to make finals," said Grigoriev. "I was seeded fourth and I wasn't sure if I had a chance. A lot of girls were making long throws during practice."

Once the event started, Grigoriev made the throws, and a little history along the way. She became the first area girl to win a Penn Relays event since 1998, when Bel Air's Erin Nett took the pole vault.

River Hill's Shane Stroup just missed becoming the second area high school winner, finishing second in the boys mile in 4:11.35. He wasn't lacking motivation yesterday.

Stroup, the area's best distance performer, was second last season (4:13.51) and considered a serious title contender. He also had his future University of Florida teammates watching, including former Oakland Mills All-Met standout Kyle Farmer.

"Around the third lap, everyone started to accelerate and increasing their speeds by a lot," said Stroup, who was runner-up to Matt Debole of North Carolina (4:09.73).

After getting out to an early lead, Western placed seventh in the girls Championship of America 3,200-meter relay. New York powerhouse Boys and Girls School won the event (8:50.41), breaking the U.S. record.

The Doves established a season-best 9:18.94.

C. Milton Wright's boys 3,200 relay squad (8:00.86) earned a spot in this afternoon's Championship of America final while the Long Reach girls took seventh (49.83) in the small schools' 400 relay final.

Morgan State coach Neville Hodge won the men's masters 45-and-over dash (11.06). The Bears' Jean Cummings claimed the Eastern long jump (7.36 meters).

Earlier in the week, Morgan's Se'verine Tanic won the women's heptathlon. Tanic collected 4,953 points, winning the 100 hurdles, high jump and 200 meters.

Coppin State's men's 1,600 relay squad team for today's IC4A final. The Eagles placed second in the men's distance medley. The women will compete in the ECAC 800 relay championship.

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