Constant drizzle with occasional gusty winds aren't supposed to be conducive to outstanding track and field performances, especially when a meet drags on for more than nine hours.
So how do you explain the dozen records that fell yesterday at the 5th Glenelg Invitational? There is no explanation. The likes of Chris Parsons and Carlos Hunt, Lauren Graff and Randy Buzzell found the day to their liking.
Graff, a sophomore from Urbana High, took the pole vault with an 11-foot, 3-inch effort, a foot over the previous mark and at least that much higher than any girl has vaulted in the area over the past two years.
Parsons, a state champion from Northern High in Calvert County, was even more dominant in his specialty, the discus, tossing it 162 feet, an improvement of 23 feet over the previous mark. He warmed up by winning the shot put in 56-5, also a meet record.
The spectacular performances went on in a 32-team carnival, which saw Good Counsel High prevail among the boys with 67 points and Patuxent's girls winning with 68 points.
Records also fell in the distance events. Hunt, a state cross country champ from Westlake, took the mile in 4: 22.2, and Will Christian of Great Mills won the two-mile over Brian Murphy of Urbana in 9: 46.0.
Buzzell, the junior half of Middletown's sister act with freshman Emily, took two seconds off the 800-meter mark with a 2: 17.4 clocking, with Emily finishing second in 2: 23.2. The latter also finished second in a photo finish in the mile to Katie Poole of Damascus, both in 5: 12.93.
Capital Beltway Classic
Teyarnte Carter of the host school, Long Reach, took the top spot, and Sharronda Boone of Western High was second in the 100 meters at the Capital Beltway Classic. Carter's winning time was 11.92, while Boone clocked 12.09. Boone also finished fifth in the long jump (15-10).
Other top performances by area athletes in the meet that drew entries from five states and the District of Columbia included a second-place finish by Norman Forrest of Mervo in the triple jump (43-5), a third in the long jump by teammate Kevin Merrick (23-1) and a third by Luis George of Long Reach in the 400 (49.9).
Western Maryland Classic
At the Western Maryland (College) Classic, Bowling Brook showed they have more than a few key ingredients, dominating the sprints en route to a strong third-place finish, 18 points behind boys champion Westminster.
Westminster topped the six-team boys field with 154 points, followed by Mount St. Joseph (141), Bowling Brook (138), River Hill (98), Mount Hebron (67) and North Carroll (40).
Westminster's girls also took first with 97.5 points, followed by North Carroll (71), River Hill (60) and Mount Hebron (59.5).