Atholton's Grigoriev sets Penn Relays mark in discus with 160-5

She breaks own record

Navy's Christensen 4th in 'chase

Dixon also 4th

Track And Field

April 26, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PHILADELPHIA - It was a picture-perfect day for Lindsay Grigoriev yesterday at the Penn Relays.

The Atholton senior captured her second consecutive girls discus championship with a record effort of 160 feet, 5 inches.

And while becoming the event's first repeat winner, Grigoriev was able to get a long-awaited photo with actor/comedian Bill Cosby on the winners' podium.

"I got a picture last year, but they never sent us a copy," said Grigoriev, who won by nearly 12 feet over Amy Bilmanis (148-7) of Calvert County's Thomas Stone. "We asked them to send it in the mail and we never got it."

After waiting a half-hour for Cosby to arrive on the Franklin Field infield and another 10 minutes to locate the meet's photographer, she finally got her picture.

She didn't need as much time to repel her challengers in the event held outside Franklin Field. Grigoriev opened the competition with her record throw, breaking the 151-10 mark she established a year ago. Though she didn't reach her 2002 winning effort the rest of the morning, she was able to stay consistent.

"It seems like my very first throw, I always hit my PR [personal best]," said Grigoriev, who broke Maryland's Class 2A mark for the discus (146-3) last spring.

"My first throw last year was my best, then my third throw I hit 151. Today, it was kind of opposite. My first throw was my best, then I was able to stay consistent."

The Kansas State-bound Grigoriev, last year's Sun track and field Performer of the Year, became the third area high schooler to win a field event at the prestigious meet, joining pole vaulters Erin Nett of Bel Air (1998 girls champ) and Matt Garvin of Old Mill (1988 boys champ).

Grigoriev may be untouchable in the coming Howard County, region and Class 2A state championships.

Navy senior Dan Christensen placed fourth (career-best 9:05.3) in the men's steeplechase, and junior Nate Michael was seventh in the discus (162-3). UMBC freshman Nathan Dixon took fourth (15-1) in the men's Eastern pole vault.

In the ECAC women's 400-meter relay final, Morgan State finished sixth (46.57), while the Bears men will be an alternate for today's IC4A 400 relay championship. Robert DeVaul of Bowie State tied for fourth (6-9 1/2 ) in the high jump.

Ohio State, with Woodlawn graduate Joel Brown on the team, will compete in the college men's 400 relay final. Brown, a senior, will also run in the 110 hurdles championship. Shayla Moore (Long Reach) earned runner-up honors for the Buckeyes in the women's triple jump (42-1 1/4 ).

Florida's men, with former Oakland Mills standout Kyle Farmer, will compete in today's Championship of America 800 and 1,600 relay title races.

The Scorpions (43.37) qualified for today's small high schools boys 400 relay championship. Glen Edwards of Lansdowne placed fifth in the boys shot put (58-7 1/2 ). C. Milton Wright's Jesse Slowikowski was 13th (4:30.15) in the boys mile and Pat Bailey was 22nd (9:27.25) in the 3,000.

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