UM, Morgan women advance to 1,600 final at Penn Relays

Bears also gain 400 berth

Horn second in shot put

Track and Field

April 25, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PHILADELPHIA - The women's 1,600-meter relay teams from Morgan State and Maryland qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference final yesterday at the Penn Relays.

The Terps (3 minutes 44.40 seconds) and Bears (3:44.83) ran first and second, respectively, in the same heat. The final will be tomorrow afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.

The Bears also will compete in the ECAC 400 relay championship today after qualifying at 47.21 seconds yesterday. Coppin State (47.25) will be an alternate.

Morgan sophomore Ashley Horn was runner-up in the Eastern shot put (45 feet, 3 3/4 inches). Johns Hopkins' Kathy Darling placed third (157-0) in the women's discus.

Mount St. Mary's Shannon Norris took 11th in the women's heptathlon (3,894 points) and Devin Barry placed 12th (5,558) in the men's decathlon.

Western High's girls missed a shot at a second straight trip to the Championship of America final by six-tenths of a second, running 9:25.35. The Doves were seventh in last year's final.

"I got a headache," said Western coach Jerry Molyneaux, standing near the results board. "We could've ran faster. I was impressed with our second and third legs. They ran fast legs, faster than what they've been running."

The quartet of Latosha Wallace, Alicia Williams, Midchild Carter and Monica Halford placed fourth in its heat behind Virginia's Robinson (9:25.29), which got the last spot in the final. No area girls high school squad was able to advance to today's championship races.

Broadneck's Lauren Centrowitz ran a personal-best 4:58, placing seventh for the second straight year in the girls' mile. Kelli Buck of C. Milton Wright was 11th (5:08.75).

"It feels good to put able to get under five minutes," said Centrowitz, a junior who shaved 10 seconds off her time of a year ago. "There was a lot of pushing going out the start."

Long Reach (Dionne Lambert, DaMara Parrish, Jarnae Carter, Brittany Carter) had the fastest time among area teams in the girls' 400 relay (49.96).

Mervo's Alexis Guthrie, Ebony Ughart, Joi Briscoe and April Mullen won their 1,600 heat (4:09.39). Jeanette Curtis of Mount Hebron was 15th (1:06.05) in the girls' 400 hurdles.

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