Roney seeks to hurdle slump Dunbar's Bright still off mark OLYMPIC FESTIVAL


SAN ANTONIO -- Baltimore hurdler Jerry Roney hasn't had BTC good showing in the past two months, but he's hoping for a new beginning when he competes in the 110-meter hurdles Saturday afternoon.

Roney turned in a personal best of 13.50 seconds at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America semifinals in May while competing for James Madison in his last year of eligibility.

"In college, everything always came easy," said Roney, The Baltimore Sun's 1987-88 Athlete of the Year. "You were always around other athletes, and you could find someone to work out with.

"It's really hard to train by yourself, because there is no one to push. That's why I haven't had those quality times. I'm not in the shape I want to be in now, but I think I'll do all right in the Festival."

Roney, a Woodlawn High graduate, plans to move to Austin, Texas, soon to work with Texas women's coach Bev Kearney.

"A good showing would be a great start for me in Texas," said Roney. "Mentally, I'm back where I belong."

Not so bright moment

Donta Bright, of Baltimore's Dunbar High School, and his East teammates lost to the South, 116-101, in the bronze-medal game.

Bright played about 13 1/2 minutes, and made just two of eight from the field. He finished with six points. University of Maryland sophomore guard Johnny Rhodes scored seven points.

"I really never got in the flow this week," said Bright. "I was sluggish out there. I tried, it was just a bad week, but I got a lot of it it."

Bright was Prop 48 last year and had to sit out his first season at the University of Massachusetts.

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