Jan 8, 2005 at the PG Sportsplex, Landover MD
Notes from the meet director
by Tom Rogers
Well, I guess you could say that we couldn't be more delighted with the results of the 4th annual Montgomery Invitational. We had 13 meet records, with several being national leaders and it was by far the best meet ever in our young history.
The girls 400m was a meet directors dream. How many times do you have the opportunity to put the national leaders at 300m,400m and 500m on the track in the same race and have it be everything you could have dreamed of! Leach went through the first 200m in 25.5 and seemed to be saying "if you want to beat me you're gonna have to come get me". Williams and McCorory made late charges but couldn't catch the powerful Leach. (54.90 was a PG Sportsplex fieldhouse record - a place where 4 NIC's have been held!)
The 800m was another great race between Thomas and Bowman with Sarah taking the early lead, but Latavia's smooth stride overtaking her the last 250m and turning out a 2:12.73 NL to Bowmans 2:14.08. (Sarah looked a little flat after her disappointing mile).
Theresa Lewis's 8.01 NL in the 55H (also a fieldhouse record) was the most impressive indoor hurdle race I've ever seen, but the most exciting and amazing race of the day was the girls 4x2. West Catholic got out to an early lead with a great lead-off leg by Leach, but McCorory came charging back from about 20m behind with a 23.5 anchor leg that brought the SRO crowd (the meet was a sellout as the fire marshall close the doors by noon!) to it's feet and gave Bethel the win in 1:41.58 on a flat track! (Tom Martin said it made the hair on the back of his neck stand up!) With all of the confusion over sanctioning issues, I guess I'm quite happy to say that New York's loss was Maryland's gain! : )
Each team will be allowed 1 entry in each individual running event, or 2 entries provided they both meet the entry standards, and one team in the 4x2, 4x4 and 4x8 relays. The top 32 entries in the DMR will be selected. Unlimited entries in all field events provided athletes meet entry standards.