UMBC's men's track and field team may have finished a
distant third at last weekend's Big South Conference championships, but the Retrievers made plenty of noise.
Sophomore David Bobb reaffirmed why he is the best sprinter in school history with another stellar performance. Bobb broke his own conference records in the 100- and 200-meter --es with times of 10.43 and 21.18 seconds, respectively, to earn the meet's Most Valuable Athlete award. Next up for Bobb is this weekend's Penn Relays, where he'll compete in the 100 and the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays.
At the Big South championships, Bobb also set the tone for his teammates. Senior D. J. Guillaume set school and conference marks in the 400-meter -- (47.15 seconds). Sophomore Corey Gabrish (Calvert Hall) set a league record in the hammer throw (45.5 meters). The 4 x 100 relay team (Bobb, Guillaume, Marc Fields, Kirk Hewling) also won (41.23 seconds).
Making an impression
Towson State's football loss appears to be Maryland's gain in the form of defensive back Chad Scott.
Scott, who played for two years at Towson as a nonscholarship player, transferred to Maryland after the fall semester and has just concluded an excellent spring season as a walk-on.
Maryland defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Scott, 6 feet 1, 195 pounds, will compete this summer for a starting cornerback job, opposite returning starter A. J. Johnson. He could be offered a scholarship.
"We're very happy with Chad. He's got good speed, good quickness and very good coverage skills," Coyle said. "He came in here well-schooled in his technique. We've got to commend Gordy [Combs, Towson coach] and his staff. Chad made 10 tackles in 47 snaps in our first spring scrimmage. We expect big things from him."
Scott earned a starting job during his freshman year at Towson State, then, as a sophomore, made 48 tackles -- including 11 in the season opener -- and led the Tigers with five interceptions.
Goucher College completed the best women's lacrosse season in school history with a bang Monday by crushing Widener, 21-5. The Gophers (13-1) finished the regular season with a 13-game winning streak and they stand an outside shot of qualifying for the eight-team NCAA Division III tournament.
Since Goucher belongs to a tiny conference -- the Capital Athletic has only four teams -- and since the Gophers never had won more than seven games in their previous 23 seasons, the odds are against them being selected. Still, they handed No. 4 Rowan its only loss, 13-11, last month.
The Gophers featured an explosive attack led by junior Courtney Crangi. After missing last season with a knee injury, Crangi returned to become one of the top scorers in Division III. She finished the 14-game regular season with 73 goals and 43 assists, which ties her for 10th and sixth, respectively, in a Division III season. Crangi's 116 points represent the third-best single season in the history of Division III.
Coppin State's men's basketball program recently concluded the best three-year run in school history. During that stretch, the Eagles made an NCAA tournament appearance, won a National Invitation Tournament game and went 47-1 during the regular season against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Now, coach Fang Mitchell is faced with replacing seven seniors.
The Eagles got started this week by announcing that two high school players from Florida, Jerel Seamon and Rafi Reavis, have signed letters of intent.
Seamon, a 6-3 guard from Florida High in Tallahassee, average25.6 points and 10 rebounds last season, when he was named the state's Class 3A Player of the Year. Seamon, who averaged 3.8 assists and 3.6 steals during his career, is projected as a point guard.
Reavis, a 6-8 forward/center from Pasco High in Tampaaveraged 17 points and 12 rebounds and was the Sunshine Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Penn Relay honorees
Seven athletes and coaches will be inducted into the Wall of Fame at this weekend's Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia. One of them is former Coppin State track coach Don Webster, who turned a moribund program into a MEAC contender before leaving for South Carolina State two years ago.
Webster, a superb quarter-miler in his running days, was Kennett (Pa.) High School's outstanding athlete in 1960.