Lingering cold temperatures and a steady wind hindered the performances of the athletes competing in yesterday's sixth annual Knights' Invite at North County but it didn't stop Amber Day from setting a meet record.
Day, a junior at Oakland Mills, captured the Outstanding Performance Award after setting the new meet standard in the 200-meter dash at 25.8 seconds.
Day collected three gold medals, winning the 100 dash in 12.6 and the 400 in 58.6.
"I really didn't expect to have such a good day because we had a tri-meet on Monday and I was feeling really tight," said Day, who finished second in the 200 and third in the 400 at last year's state meet. "I ran a 25.4 in the 200 on Monday and I saw the record was 26-flat so I really wanted that race."
North County senior Kiki Ellis earned four gold medals -- two in the sprint relays -- and was awarded the boys' top performance trophy. Ellis won the 100 dash in 10.6 seconds and the 200 in 22.8 before running a leg of the Knights' first-place 400 and 800 relays.
"Coach [Ed] Harte was saying that Mount St. Joe, Oakland Mills, Bowie and Meade were supposedly coming down here to crush us on our home track. We all came out relaxed, didn't hold any grudges, and did what we had to do," said Ellis. "I had never seen Mount St. Joe's runner [Matty Thomas], but he looked like he had some speed on him and he pushed me in the 100. [Meade's] Tornardo Sharps is always a challenge, so I had to get out on him, too."
Shani Moore of McDonogh, who turned in the outstanding performance at last year's event, won the high jump, despite falling two inches short of the meet record of 5 feet, 8 inches that she established last season.
Moore, a talented basketball player, also finished first in the 100 high hurdles in 14.7.
Old Mill's top-ranked girls team got first-place finishes from Nakia Johnson (triple jump), Renita Collins (shot put) and Jamie Smith (discus), Sarah Meehan (800) and Sarah Ouslander (1,500).
Mount St. Joseph's No. 3 ranked boys team dominated the field events.
Joseph Brant won the long jump by leaping 21-1 and teammate Howard Randall took first in the triple-jump after clearing 42-9.
"We like coming to this meet and letting the big boys [the Class 4A schools] beat up on us," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton, whose Scorpions compete among the Class 2A schools. "The competition is great, and it helps our kids get ready for counties, regions and states."
Pub Date: 4/11/97