Audy, MSJ remain alert, show moves at Morgan event

Top-ranked Mervo boys win relays, setting mark in distance medley

Track and field

High Schools

April 13, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Excuse Ryan Audy if he wanted to take a nap at yesterday's Morgan State Invitational. The Mount St. Joseph junior had his prom Friday evening and didn't get home until 2 a.m. yesterday.

The lack of rest didn't affect Audy's performance, as he won the boys' 1,600-meter competition in a meet record time of 4 minutes, 38.92 seconds. Disappointed by his seeding, Audy bested last year's record-winning 4:39.21.

"With the wind conditions and [the fact that] we had prom last night, I was happy with what I did," said Audy, working off six hours of sleep. "I got a bad seed time [14th] and I told my coach earlier this year my goal was to make everybody else beat me."

It was a long day for Audy and the more than 1,000 athletes representing teams from the Mid-Atlantic region at the second annual competition, which ended at dusk. In that span, several records were rewritten at Morgan's state-of-art track.

Orlando Brown, Ronald Wright, Frankie Wright and Damon Watson carried Mervo's boys to victory in the 400 relay (42.41). The top-ranked Mustangs set the record in the distance medley (11:01.03) with Julius Colman, Anthony Green, Quinton Holiday and Brandon Lynch.

"We performed well," said Frankie Wright, who placed second in the long jump. "Everybody ran good times. We were hoping to win everything, but there was some tough competition."

Western (Midchild Carter, Latasha Wallace, Monica Hartford and Alicia Williams) placed first in the 3,200 relay (meet record 9:36.43). The area's top-ranked squad also placed third in the 400 relay. Bryn Mawr senior Ellett George established a record in the girls' 1,600 (5:28.18), and helped the Mawrtians to third place in the 3,200 relay.

"I was a little disappointed in my time; it wasn't what I wanted," said George. "Once I got out there, it's a really nice and fast track. I felt strong the whole time and kept getting stronger with each lap."

Curley's boys spearheaded an area sweep in the 400 and pole vault. Randy Lee clocked a record 48.16 seconds in the 400 followed by Frankie Wright and Loch Raven's Stann Waithe. Last winter's All-Metro Performer of the Year Charles Devaud earned top honors in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches) with Brentin Wenck of Calvert Hall and Curley's Steve Wodarski placing second and third, respectively.

Tiandra Ponteen from Prince George's County power Eleanor Roosevelt shattered records in the 200 (23.5) and 400 (55.49) dashes. Paint Branch's Toni Aluko earned records in the long jump (18-3) and high jump (5-9) competitions.

Latavia Thomas (800) and Nicole Leach (400 hurdles) of Pennsylvania's West Catholic along with Christiana Smith (100 hurdles) and Juanita Broaddus (100) from Philadelphia's William Penn established new girls' records. William Penn set the meet record in the 400 relay.

Paint Branch's Adam Durham (400 hurdles) and Matt Morrison (high jump) highlighted the boys' record setters. Dior Lowry of Philadelphia's Martin Luther King (110 hurdles, 14.45), Northwestern-Prince George's Adam Dunn (long jump), Robert Woodard of Bullis (200) and DeMatha's Anthony Wiseman (100) were the other boys' record setters. Carroll (D.C.) set the mark in the 3,200 relay.

Gilman's Victor Abirmiri was runner-up in the triple jump, with Waithe (200), Walbrook's Davon Singleton (high jump) and Wilde Lake's Mehdi Bensarghin (1,600) also earning second. Williams was second in the girls' 800 with Angel Thompson (triple jump) and Ashley West-Nesbitt (100 hurdles) also garnering runner-up spots for Western.

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