3 Maryland high school girls finish in top 6 at Penn Relays 1,500


PHILADELPHIA -- The retirement of Villanova coach Marty Stern is one of the leading topics at the 100th Penn Relays.

Before he returned the Wildcats men to prominence, Stern first showed what a women's program can do with a comparable recruiting budget. He went from California to Ireland for talent, but Stern's successor could restock the Villanova women's roster simply by driving south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Before 16,622 at Franklin Field, yesterday, three of the top six finishers in the high school girls' 1,500 meters were from Maryland. Sally Glynn, a sophomore from Walter Johnson High in Montgomery County, came within a half-second of the meet record with a winning time of 4 minutes, 24.51 seconds.

Annapolis junior Kristen Nicolini was second in 4:28.96, which would have been fast enough to win at Penn in five of the past six years. Another area junior, Perry Hall's Krissy Jost, was sixth in 4:36.58, and before this season no one from the area had gone under 4:40 for a distance seldom run in Baltimore.

Nicolini, the state class 4A cross country champion, ran a time equivalent to a 4:47 mile, and she and 3A leader Glynn will take shots at the state 1,600 record next month.

"I needed to keep closer to Sally, but I was able to run relaxed," said Nicolini, who stayed back while Glynn moved out to a 15-meter lead.

Nicolini cut the difference to six meters with a lap to go, but Glynn had too much left. She wasn't pleased with the runner-up finish, but her demeanor changed when she learned of her time. After running 4:36 in a recent outing at Towson State, she was told by Annapolis coach Brian Funk she was ready to break 4:30.

Another area record-holder from Anne Arundel County, Old Mill senior Raina Domneys, was fourth in the triple jump, reaching 38 feet, 10 1/2 inches. Domneys also figured in the top relay performance by area girls, as the Patriots easily had the fastest local time in the 1,600, 4:00.28.

Among the college women, Villanova won the distance medley in 11:04.21.The medley was their 18th Championship of America, and gave Stern 21 overall. Among active coaches, he's tied with Arkansas' John McDonnell for most championships.

Resplendent in a white linen suit, straw hat and zoologically-inspired tie, "Uncle Marty" said the key to the distance medley was when he yelled for Tosha Woodward to take off 300 meters into the race. "I never heard him," said Woodward, who ran the 1,200 in 3:21.6, opening a 5-second lead LTC on Michigan that the Wolverines didn't cut into until the anchor leg, when Courtney Babcock closed slightly on Becky Spies.

Lynn Jennings, a three-time world cross country champion, won the women's Olympic Development 5,000 in 15:38.41. In the women's college 10,000, Carole Zajac, an eight-time all-American for Villanova, clocked 33:05.05.


College 3000 steeplechase--1, Carlos Gibbs, Auburn, 8:42.90. 2, Jose Gonzalez, N.C. State, 8:49.72. 3, Brendan Mullahy, Georgetown, 8:49.99.

College 5,000--1, Robert Donker, West Virginia, 13:51.22. 2, Brian Clas, Cornell, 13:53.24. 3, David Welsh, Arkansas, Arkansas, 13:56.83.

Olympic development 5,000--1, Khalid Kalrouani, 13:38.97. 2, Stefan Franke, Germany, 13:41.08. 3, Ronnie Harris, Reebok Enclave, 13:44.22.

College 10,000--1, Ray Appenheimer, Colgate, 29:13.54. 2, Pete Julian, Portland, 29:14.39. 3, Uli Steidl, Portland, 29:16.44.

Olympic development 10,000--1, John Scherer, Adidas, 28.20.33. 2, Chris Fox, Brooks Racing Team, 28:22.48. 3, Jim Westphal, Nike North, 28:34.07.


College 400 hurdles--1, Karlene Haughton, St. Augustine's, 57.50 seconds. 2, Catherine Scott-Pomales, Central State, Ohio, 57.76. 3, Eusheka Bartley, Auburn, 58.31.

College 400 relay qualifying--1, Central State, Ohio, 44.69. 2, Miami, 45.25. 3, Illinois, 45.49.

College 1,600 Relay--1, Seton Hall, 3:36.14. 2, Arizona State, 3:36.41. 3, LSU, 3:37.74.

College 3,000--1, Christine Stief, Boston U., 9:26.85. 2, Nicole Kerr, Portland, 9:27.58. 3, Joline Staeheli, Georgetown, 9:28.18.

College 5,000--1, Marcie Homan, William & Mary, 16:04.63. 2, Kristin Beaney, Princeton, 16:17.26. 3, Megan Flowers, Arkansas, 16:20.14.

College Olympic development 5,000--1, Lynn Jennings, Nike International, 15:38.41. 2, Cathy Palacios, Asics, 15:38.64. 3, Anne Marie Letko, Nike Running Room, 15:43.37.

College distance medley relay--1, Villanova (Tosha Woodward, Catalina Staye, Abby Hunte, Becky Spies), 11:04.21. 2, Michigan, 11:06.57. 3, Arkansas, 11:14.21.

College high jump--1, Najuma Fletcher, Pittsburgh, 5 feet, 10 3/4 inches. 2, Tie, Hanne Anderson, Missouri, 5-9 1/4 , Nathalia Bedford, Canada, Raina Turner, Kentucky, 5-9 1/4 , Kim Bartee, Abilene Christian, 5-9 1/4 , Carmel Corbett, Illinois, 5-9 1/4 .

College triple jump--1, Telisa Young, Texas, 42-9. 2, Tiombe Hurd, James Madison, 41-7 3/4 . 3, Karyn Smith, Pennsylvania, 40-7 3/4 .

College discus--1, Danyel Mitchell, Louisiana State, 183 feet, 7 inches. 2, Anna Soderberg, Northern Arizona, 173-4. 3, Alana Preston, Tennessee, 171-3.

College hammer throw--1, Alexandria Earl-Given, S. Connecticut State, 186 feet, 7 inches. 2, Theresa Findley, Northeastern, 182-11. 3, Crystal Corbeil, Northeastern, 165-8.

College shot put--1, Eileen Vanisi, Texas, 59-7, American collegiate record; previous record 58-11 1/4 , Vanisi, 1994. 2, Stevanie Wadsworth, Texas Christian, 53-5 3/4 . 3, Danyel Mitchell, 50-9 1/2 .

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