Eleanor Roosevelt MD
takes another bite out of the Big Apple
by John Dye
"The 4x200 is the signature event at the Armory," track
announcer Ian Brooks says as the girls final lines up. "This
is the race that gets them going."
When they "get going" at the Armory, it means rock music,
feet stomping, banners waving, fans screaming, and Brooks' high
energy announcing that shake the walls of the old fortress at 168th
Street and upper Broadway. Usually, the energy is fuelled by fierce
rivalries of New York metropolitan schools that run against each
other all year. But invaders from Maryland have entered the mix
this year in the shape of the blue-clad speedsters of Eleanor Roosevelt
HS, Greenbelt MD, just outside Washington DC.
"It's New York vs. Maryland," Brooks shouts as the battle
And Maryland wins. Repeating their heroics at the Hispanic Games
2 weeks earlier, Eleanor Roosevelt adds the boys 4x200 and the girls
4x400 for a terrific triple. Eleanor Roosevelt leads the nation
in all three events in DyeStat
Elite rankings for the 2002 indoor season. Eleanor Roosevelt
will have another go at the Armory March 1-2 in the High School
Invitational Relays portion of the USATF Indoor National Championships.
In the 4x200, Eleanor Roosevelt girls ran 1:38.20, US#5 all-time
according to Jack Shepard's
High School Track 2002, and the boys ran 1:28.62 for 10th fastest.
The combination is one of the best feats ever for a US high school.
With her team improving by a second and now within 1.65 of Wilson
Long Beach CA's national record 1:36.55 (1997), coach Ameerah Bello
would not speculate whether Roosevelt has room for improvement in
March on the Armory's fast banked oval. "I just want my girls
to execute properly, and the times will take care of themselves,"
she said. Bello grew up in the US Virgin Islands and ran the 200
and 400 for Morgan State in Baltimore, graduating in 1998.
Roosevelt girls - Three runners are
on both squads: Tiandra Ponteen, Romona Modeste, and Renee Clark.
Kaprice Williams completes the 4x200 team and Crystal Anyanwu the
Eleanor Roosevelt boys 4x200
|1 - Sammy Sesay
|2 - Joshua Cotton
|3 - Josh Allen
|4 - Kyle Postell
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