The IC4A track and field meet runs the next three days a William & Mary, and the unofficial Eastern championships are the last chance of the season for Morgan State's 4 x 400 relay team.
A month ago, the Bears turned in the state's best time with 3 minutes, 12.97 seconds in qualifying at the Penn Relays. In the next day's finals, Kareem Lamb was suffering from asthma and Ron Keene stepped on Troy McIntosh during their baton exchange. McIntosh lost a shoe, and Morgan State didn't finish.
With teammate Damon Gandy, they are a young foursome, and first-year coach Neville Hodge wants to spend more time with them next year. Keene is a freshman out of Mervo, Lamb is a sophomore out of Catonsville and McIntosh and Gandy are juniors from the Bahamas and Detroit, respectively.
Navy's Greg Keller (3,000 steeplechase), Stan Duplaga (javelin) and Larry Coleman (hammer throw) have all met the provisional qualifying standards in their specialties, and can lock up berths in the NCAA championships with small improvements. In addition, Todd Washburn (1,500) and Joel Robertson (triple jump) are potential IC4A or Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America scorers.
James Madison senior Jerry Roney (Woodlawn) is the defending champion in the 110 hurdles, and the Dukes also are getting a big season from Matt Holthaus, who went to Wilde Lake. He has run the 800 in 1:47.87 and the 1,500 in 3:42.40 this spring.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference championships -- the women's version of the IC4As -- were held last weekend at George Mason, and Morgan State's Angela Bailey was the top performer among state women. She took second in the discus (159-8). Teammate Angela Brown, the national junior college champ for Odessa (Texas), was fourth in the heptathlon, with a state-leading 5,061 points. Brown took sixth in the open 100 hurdles, in 13.89.
Coppin State's Diana Pitts was third in the 800 (2:07.35), Maryland's Marchelle Payne took fourth in the triple jump (41-10 3/4 ), and Navy's Naomi Jackson was fourth in the javelin (129-4).
One step from CWS
Johns Hopkins makes its third straight appearance in the NCAA baseball tournament, starting with today's first-round .
Mid-Atlantic Regional game against Montclair State. The six-team regional at Quakertown (Pa.) Memorial Park includes defending NCAA champion William Paterson (N.J.), and the winner will move on to the Division III College World Series May 27-June 1 at Battle Creek, Mich.
Senior Matt Menz was the Most Valuable Player in the Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast Section, which the Blue Jays won for the eighth straight time. Hopkins' all-time leader with 23 home runs, Menz also joined the pitching rotation for the first time this spring, going 6-2 with a 1.92 ERA.
Navy is the state's only Division I team still playing. The Mids received an at-large bid to the ECAC tournament, which began yesterday in Waterbury, Conn. The winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tourney.
Jay Logwood (Randallstown) finished his four years with the Tigers with school records for hits (214), runs scored (149), home runs (45), and RBI (145). After a season at Seton Hall, Greg Elliott (Calvert Hall) needed just three years to set Retriever marks for runs (186) and hits (226). His .404 batting average is the second-best ever at UMBC.
UMBC senior C Sonique Nixon and Towson State sophomore G Ralph Blalock are on the 10-man Big South Conference all-star basketball team that will tour Russia in August. . . . The Tigers and Retrievers finished sixth and seventh in the Big South Commissioner's Cup race, won by Campbell. . . . Salisbury State won the Eastern States Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the sixth straight year. . . . Mount St. Mary's finished second to Fairleigh Dickinson in the Northeast Conference Commissioner's Cup standings. . . . Navy diver Nate Smith has been selected to compete in the World University Games and the U.S. Olympic Festival.