Centrowitz siblings shine at Penn Relays

Track and field

High Schools

April 29, 2006|By ELLIOTT DENMAN | ELLIOTT DENMAN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PHILADELPHIA -- There's no doubt that running is in the genes of Lauren and Matt Centrowitz.

After all, their father, Matt Centrowitz Sr., was a two-time (1976, 1980) USA Olympian and past American record-holder in the 5,000 meters.

And their mother, Beverly Centrowitz, ran the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 08 seconds when she was at Hunter College.

But after two sizzling performances on the second day of the 112th Penn Relays, it's the next generation of Centrowitzes' time to bask in the track spotlight.

Lauren Centrowitz, an Arnold, Md., resident out of Broadneck High School and now a redshirt freshman at Stanford University, reeled off a personal best time of 4:18.9 as the second runner on The Cardinal's Championship of America women's 6,000 relay team that won in the U.S. record time of 17:18.63.

Several hours later, Matt Centrowitz, a Broadneck junior, stunned favored Craig Forys of Colts Neck, N.J., to win the Penn scholastic 3,000-meter title in 8:20.09.

Have track parents ever had a better day?

"I don't know about that one, but all this is pretty unbelievable," said Matt Centrowitz Sr., who is the head track coach at American University.

For Stanford, Amanda Trotter of Little Silver, N.J., led off in 4:20.3; Amanda's twin, Katie, had a 4:24.1 third-leg split; and Ari Lambie of Harvard, Mass., anchored in 4:15.3, as the Cardinal won the Penn event for a third straight year.

"It's a great team to step into, be a part of history, and share the American record with my father," said Lauren Centrowitz, who was an eight-time high school state champion and a scholastic All-American at Broadneck.

Villanova (17:28.00) and North Carolina State (17:54.50) finished a distant second and third, respectively.

Maryland sophomore Dominic Berger again proved that he can run with the finest collegiate hurdlers in the nation.

Berger, the newly crowned Atlantic Coast Conference champion and 2005 USA junior national titlist, grabbed a spot in today's collegiate 110 hurdles final with a heat performance of 14.06.

Morgan State and Navy advanced to the IC4A men's 1,600 relay final, while UMBC is an alternate in the IC4A1,600 relay.

The sprint medley saw Navy finish eighth and Morgan State, 17th.

Morgan State's women ran fifth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference division of the 4x100.

Devin Robinson, Jameice DeCoster, Brooke Staton and Amanda Kimbers of McDonogh took sixth in the 1,600 in 47.84 in the girls Championship of America final.

Mervo, powered by Isaac Richardson's 1:55.9 split, claimed third place in its section of the boys small-school 3,200 in 8:04.91, but missed a spot in today's final.

Alby Williams of the Maryland Masters won the 100-meter dash for men 65 and over in 13.07, and Maryland Masters clubmate Derek Holloway won the 45-49 division in 11.46.

Another Maryland Masters winner was Oscar Payton in the 50-54 division of the 100 at 11.39.

Western's Latecia Wright, Tashana Johnson, Theresa Lewis and Shalaiyah Sommerville combined for a time of 47.26 to place second in the girls large-school 4x100 final.

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