Shades of 1957: Look out, world, here comes another Sputnik, uh, Zuknick, first name Kelly.
The junior from Archbishop Spalding, still relatively new to this indoor track business, breezed to a double victory in the mile and two-mile runs last night at the Towson 33 Relays at Towson University.
Her performance capped a five-day run which saw her win the 3,000-meters and finish second in the 1,500 at the Pangaea Meet last Thursday, then double back and take the mile and two-mile in addition to running a relay and high jumping on Saturday at a conference meet.
The thing is, she seemed none the worse for wear afterward, although she did admit she was looking forward to a day off from practice today.
"I played soccer my first two years at Spalding, but my coach [Andrew Witte] has been trying to get me to run full time since my first meet," Zuknick said.
The coach knows a good one at first glance.
Zuknick won the two mile by more than a minute in 11 minutes, 33.5 seconds and had no trouble doubling back for a 5: 29.5 mile a couple hours later.
"I always liked track and, during soccer practice, I used to be working on my sprinting," Zuknick said. "I ran at the Arthur Slade School from the sixth to the eighth grade, too. I jumped at the chance to get back into track when the coaches got interested in me."
At the Pangaea meet at the 5th Regiment Armory, she ran a 5-minute flat 1,500 and 10: 47 in the 3,000. Her times earlier this season at Essex Community College were a 5: 31 (mile) and 11: 40 (two-mile). Most of the time, she's been running alone out front.
"My goal right now is to break 5: 15 in the mile," said Zuknick.
Her time in the 1,500 indicates that it should be no problem. She ran a 4: 45 metric mile in Russia last summer during a Pangaea trip.
The closest race of the evening came in the boys' mile wherein Alex Scoli of Poly held off Rob Robbinson of Curley and Mike Lisby of Franklin to prevail in 4: 49.3. Robbinson was .6 of second back and Lisby .8.
Scoli showed up for the meet and was scheduled to compete in the first (or slower) heat. A correction was made and he proved it a good move.
Greg Zmijewski of Mount St. Joe finished second behind Don Harrison of Roosevelt in the two-mile, Archbishop Curley won the pole vault, Calvert Hall and MSJ ran 3-5 in the sprint medley.
jTC On the girls' side, Annapolis and Seton went 1-2 in the high jump and Spalding took the shot put.
Pub Date: 12/15/98