Heptathlete Tanic gives Morgan boost

Penn Relays, MEAC wins help Bears regain luster

State notebook


May 09, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Se'verine Tanic restored some of Morgan State's lost pride in sports by becoming the first athlete from a historically black college to capture the two-day, seven-event heptathlon at the recent Penn Relays.

Tanic, a senior who is a French native, ran up a personal-best 4,953 points in Philadelphia to easily defeat Lynchburg College's Megan Wiseman, who had 4,586 points.

Tanic won the high jump at 5 feet, 7 1/4 inches, took the 100-meter hurdles in 14.37 seconds, the long jump at 17-6 1/4 , the shot put with an effort of 30 feet, the 200 meters in 26.10, the javelin with a throw of 91-1 and the 800 meters in 2:20.65.

She came back last week in Tallahassee, Fla., to win the heptathlon in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships, compiling 4,769 points to outdistance Morgan teammate Avanelle Baird, who had 4,254.

Morgan coach Neville Hodge said of Tanic: "She's talented, has good size and understands what it takes to excel at such a physically taxing event. I'd say she really started to arrive last year when she won the pentathlon at an indoor meet against top competition."

Tanic will attempt to qualify in the heptathlon for the NCAA championships next week at the ECAC championship meet.

Terror honors

The Western Maryland softball team has only 12 players, but eight of them were named first- and second-team All-Centennial Conference this week, including Pitcher of the Year Kim Camponelli.

Camponelli, a sophomore, led the Green Terror to the NCAA Division III tournament with a 17-1 record and 0.64 earned run average.

Joining her on the first team were third baseman/pitcher Samantha Adams and left fielder Lauren Cramer.

Second-team picks were Caitlin Burns, Selena Smart, Kristen Barrick, Jen Geiman and Heather Sinclair.

The Terror (29-6) will open NCAA Eastern Region play tomorrow morning at 10, meeting state rival Salisbury (34-8) at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.

Towson taps two

Towson named junior gymnast Kristen Presutti and senior soccer standout Alfonso DeMares Female and Male Athlete of the Year, respectively, this week.

Also, senior David Adkins of the men's swimming and diving team was named winner of the Tiger Athletic Fund Scholar-Athlete Award.

Hopkins now No. 6

The Johns Hopkins baseball team climbed two places to No. 6 in the country among Division III schools this week.

The ranking for the Blue Jays (34-6) is their highest since 1998, when they were No. 4 for three consecutive weeks.

Softball selections

Freshman pitcher Jamie Imhoff was a first-team All-MEAC choice this season for Coppin State and Eagles coach Marcie Hickey was the league's Coach of the Year.

Imhoff also was named Rookie of the Year, and sophomore shortstop Elisha Carter was named all-conference second team.

National award

Goucher's Natalie Williams is one of 114 female track and field athletes in the nation named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars for 2002.

Williams was one of only 10 athletes selected from Division III schools.

She became the first in Goucher history to win a Capital Athletic Conference title in women's track this year, taking first place in the hammer throw and shot put.

UMBC goes for NCAAs

The Retrievers (44-18) will host Bethune-Cookman (39-22) today at 2 p.m. in the first of two consecutive games in a best-of-three NCAA softball tournament play-in series.

If a third game is necessary, it would be played tomorrow at UMBC at 3 p.m.

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