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F.I.T. Relays

12/18/99 at George Mason University, Fairfax VA

Pearl Watts' report on the meet

Distance Medley - James Robinson VA 10:45.2 
4X200 - West Potomac VA 1:32.8
4X800 - Suitland MD 8:15.9 (Lake Braddock VA 8:16.6, TC Williams VA 8:17.6, James Robinson VA 8:18.3)
4X400 - Lake Braddock VA  3:26.6   
Field Events
High Jump - Greg McCormick, Middletown MD 6-8 (MR tie)
Long Jump - Allen Simms, Eleanor Roosevelt MD 22-11
Triple Jump - Allen Simms, Eleanor Roosevelt  MD 50'00.00" (MR)
Pole Vault - Val Osipenko, Atlee VA  13'03.00" (MR) 
Shot Put - Ernest Hunter,  Lake Braddock VA  47'06.50"
Distance Medley - Lake Braddock  VA 12:27.9 
4X200 - Largo MD 1:44.4  (Eleanor Roosevelt MD 1:45.1)
4X800 - Thomas Jefferson VA  9:43.2 (MR)
4X400 -  Eleanor Roosevelt MD  4:03.5 
Field Events
High Jump - Jennifer Nelms, Unattached  5'08 (MR)
Long Jump - Caroline Harvey, Atlee VA 18'08.25"
Triple Jump - Danielle Woodhouse, Thomas Jefferson VA  37'02.75"  
Pole Vault - Charlotte LaRoche, Centerville VA 10-3 (MR)
Shot Put - India Odums, Hayfield VA  41'00.50" (MR)
4X800 B - CD Hylton VA  8:35.1   
4x200 Fr/Soph - Lake Braddock  VA 1:39.0        
4x400 Fr/Soph - Lake Braddock VA  3:40.1   
4X800 B - James Robinson 10:09.6 
4x200 Fr/Soph - Eleanor Roosevelt MD 1:55.0 
4x400 Fr/Soph - Thomas Jefferson Sci Tech VA  4:24.9   

Preview by Pearl Watts

  The last large scale track and field invitational in the area for a year 

having 19 as its first two digits will be this Saturday with the running of 

the Fifth Annual Friends of Indoor Track (F.I.T.) Relays at the GMU 


  The meet will begin at 9:30 a.m. with action in both the field events (boys 

long jump and shot put; girls high jump) and running events (4x800 meter 

relay) and is slated to culminate with the 4x400 relays at 5:30 p.m.

  Fifty of the top schools from Virginia, D.C. and Maryland are scheduled to 

compete in the event sponsored by the Friends of Indoor Track. 

  F.I.T. is a non-profit public service corporation with their intentions to 

promote athletic development and achievement of high school track and field 

athletes; whose numbers make them the second largest participatory sport.

  Through F.I.T.'s sponsorship of regional athletic events and by working in 

cooperation with local and state governments they have as a major near-term 

objective to have a facility built that will enable the Northern Region's 

public schools to schedule all of its indoor track meets on a regulation 

track protected from the weather.

  This year's meet will once again be a non-scoring team event with all 

running events in relays including the 4x200; 4x400; 4x800 and distance 

medley relays (1,200; 800; 400; 1,600) along with one of the highlights from 

last year's meet, a Special Olympics 4x50 meter relay at 1:00 p.m. involving 

yougsters from area middle schools.

  Field event action allows one athete per event with action scheduled for 

both boys and girls in the long and triple jumps, high jump, shot put and 

pole vault.

  In the boys field events some of the top competitors include: 

  Allen Simms of Eleanor Roosevelt [Md.] who is top seeded in both the long 

and triple jumps. Simms is the defending champion in the triple jump, having 

won last year with a jump of 46 feet-9.5. Simms then steadily improved during 

the outdoor season with a victory at the Penn Relays and has a best of over 

49 feet. Simms is a threat to Cleveland McClory of West Potomac's 1995 meet 

record of 48-1.5 and is also capable of 23 feet or better in the long jump 

where his main competition could come from Rico Lloyd of defending Va. 

outdoor state team champion Potomac.

  Lloyd, considered one of the top sprinters on the East Coast, is also one 

of the favorites in the high jump along with Greg McCormick of Middletown 

[Md.] and Oakton's Teddy Presley with all three capable of 6-6 or better.

  McCormick is also one of the top entrants in the pole vault and could 

threaten the meet record of 13-0 with some of the top region vaulters entered 

in this early season trial to include Mark Kupets of Langley, Jason Langley 

from Madison, Lee's Robert Freeman and Centreville's David Sullivan.

  In the girls field events Carrie Bennett of Hayfield, the defending state 

indoor and outdoor champion in the pole vault, is a threat to the meet record 

of 10-0 set last year by Natalie Dye of Middletown and could be pushed by 

Centreville's Charlotte LaRoche who has recovered well from a leg injury that 

sidelined her for most of last year's indoor season and all of outdoors.

  The girls shot put should be closely contested with the top seeds including 

Ashley Horn of Potomac [Md.], 1999 outdoor state champ India Odum of Hayfield 

and two of Odum's chief Patriot District rivals in Jessica Bolton of West 

Potomac and West Springfield's Natalie Walker.

  The meet record in the high jump of 5-6 set by Gar-Field's Gigi Miller in 

1996 could fall to Jefferson junior Krystle Moss who had an outdoor best last 

year of 5-8.75 to finish fourth at the National Scholastic Championships with 

Rachel Dailey of Fairfax among the top threats to Moss. 

  The girls long jump has Caroline Harvey of Atlee and Kim Jones as the top 

seeds and the triple jump has potential medalists in Lauren Anderson of 

Atlee, McLean's Ayanna Alexander, Nikki Woodhouse of Jefferson and West 

Potomac's Latoya Johnson.        
  In the boys varsity running events the duels should include Northwestern 

[Md.] Lake Braddock, West Springfield and Robinson in the 4x800 and E. 

Roosevelt, Northwestern and High Point [Md.] in the 4x200.

  Northwestern is also the favorite in the 4x400 even with the loss of 

graduated star James Graham while the distance medley should have Potomac 

[Va.] West Springfield, Lake Braddock, Hayfield, West Potomac and Woodlawn 

[Md.] among the leaders.

  Of noteworthy news among non-runners, Alan Webb of South Lakes who is fresh 

off being named second team All American after his eighth place finish at the 

Foot Locker National Championships, is not scheduled to compete and instead 

will rest up until early January.

  Also, Centreville senior Rickey Harris who has committed to the University 

of Florida, is 50-50 on toting the baton in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays for 

the Wildcats depending on whether or not his shoulder is healed enough from a 

recent playground football injury. 
  In girls varsity running events, Hylton, Hayfield and Lake Braddock look 

like the top choices in the distance medley relay while Largo [Md.] and E. 

Roosevelt appear to be the main teams mixing it up in the 4x200.

  The meet record in the girls 4x800 set by Manchester in 1996 at 9:44.3 

could be in jeopardy from the Middletown squad led by Emily Buzzell, Randy 

Buzzell and Rocky Morgan with Hayfield, Robinson, Lake Braddock and Langley 

also capable of sub 10:00 times in the DMR while the 4x400 has Hayfield, 

Largo and Jefferson as the top seeds.

  Besides those varsity relays, there will also be freshmen-sophomore races 

in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays to give some of the promising rising stars 

in many of the area programs a chance to compete on an excellent facility in 

a big time setting.


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