4 Md. masters run off with Penn Relays gold

State prep, college teams make their presence felt

Track And Field

April 24, 2004|By Elliott Denman | Elliott Denman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PHILADELPHIA - Whoever said the Penn Relays, America's longest-running track and field carnival, was strictly for the young folks of the high school and college generations? Certainly not Maryland Masters Club teammates Chuck Bartholomew, Marion Harrison, Larry Colbert and Bob Koontz.

The senior-citizen quartet first ran off with Penn's Masters 400-meter relay title in the 60-plus category with a 51.93-second clocking yesterday at Franklin Field, then turned their attention to the individual 100-meter dash and brought home two more golds.

"We're just guys who love running, and love track and field," said Bartholomew, 64, a farmer. Harrison, 65, is a retired Army engineer. Colbert, 65, coaches the renowned Eleanor Roosevelt High team in Greenbelt. Koontz, the youngster of the team at 60, is an investment banker.

Two hours later, Koontz took the 60-64 division of the Masters 100 in 12.81, and Harrison claimed the 65-plus title in 13.12.

Jesse O'Connell, a 6-foot-6 senior from Westminster, gave Georgetown a solid 3:00.3 leadoff 1,200 meters, and sophomore Chris Lukezic clocked a 3:59.2 1,600-meter anchor, but the college distance medley title still went to Arkansas in 9:33.74 over Georgetown's 9:34.81.

Later, Arkansas added the men's sprint medley title in 3:16.14; Tennessee's 3:41.78 was a collegiate record-breaker in the women's sprint medley.

Maryland scholastic teams played starring roles in the morning series of boys 400-meter relay races.

DeMatha Catholic (42.75), Suitland (42.88), C.H. Flowers and Westlake (43.03) advanced to today's boys large-school 400 relay final.

DeMatha, Eleanor Roosevelt (43.21), West Potomac (43.54), Archbishop Curley (43.65), Oakland Mills (43.71), DuVal (44.10), Southern (44.66) and Reginald Lewis (44.67) were sectional winners.

Getting second places were Northwestern (44.06), Meade (44.12), Frederick Douglass (44.62), Quince Orchard (44.67). Pikesville (44.78), Annapolis (44.81), Long Reach (45.56), Poolesville (45.56) and Bladensburg (46.12.) McDonogh won its section of the prep school boys 400 relay, and its 44.08 performance held up for fourth overall. Gilman School's 46.17 and Loyola (48.52) ran 3-6 in McDonogh's section.

There was good news and bad news for the Long Beach (Calif.) girls 400-meter relay runners. They lowered the U.S. high school record with a sizzling 44.50-second performance, only to be nosed out by Vere Tech of Jamaica, which lowered the Penn meet record to 44.32.

Bethel, Va., dashed off with the girls small-school 400 relay title in a record 46.56, with Largo (46.96) second, Eleanor Roosevelt of Greenbelt (47.25) third, C.H. Flowers (47.58) fourth and Westlake (48.01) seventh. The large-school tittle went to Philadelphia's West Catholic in 47.68; Western ran fourth in 48.56.

Navy ran 58.48 for third in the 440-meter shuttle hurdles final; Midshipman Nate Michael was sixth in the discus at 174-2. Bowie State's Robert DeVaul high-jumped 6-9 1/2 for sixth and UMES's Kimani Kirton put the shot 51-9 for seventh. UMBC's Adam Grossman (10.69) was 13th fastest in the 100 trials.

Speediest of Maryland men's 400 relay teams were Navy (41.86), Morgan State (42.03), Coppin State (42.42), Bowie State (42.45), Towson (42.57), UMES (42.73), Howard Community College (43.23) and Salisbury (43.93).

UMES took its section of the 1,600 relay, and its 3:14.78 was the fastest Maryland performance.

On Thursday, McDonogh's girls won the independent schools' 400-yard relay behind Devin Robinson, Brittany Harris, Anastasia Wynn and Brooke Staton.

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