Centrowitz falls short at relays

The Baltimore Sun

PHILADELPHIA -- Lauren Centrowitz has done it all in her first three years at Stanford University. The Cardinal junior distance runner from Broadneck is a five-time NCAA All-American, a member of three NCAA gold-medal cross country teams, and a two-time Penn Relays titlist.

But her pursuit of another crown in the distance medley at the 114th edition of the Penn Relays yesterday at Franklin Field wasn't to be.

"I ran well but Nicole Edwards [anchoring for Michigan] and Sarah Bowman [of Tennessee] and their teams were just too good for us," she said, after catching her breath.

So, as Michigan was running to the second-fastest time in U.S. college track history with a 10-minute, 49.58-second triumph over Tennessee at 10:50.51, Centrowitz was anchoring Stanford to third in 11:05.48.

Her four laps in 4:33.6 were fast but not fast enough. Edwards ran a 4:31.9 and Bowman a 4:32.9."I always like coming back east to run at Penn," Centrowitz said. "There's no atmosphere anywhere to match the Penn Relays. Sure, third is good, but it wasn't what we wanted."

The Cardinal runners will not seek another title in the 6,000-meter relay (which their school won in 2004, 2005 and 2006) today but will fly home to prepare for the Pacific-10 and NCAA championships and perhaps the U.S. Olympic trials.

Elsewhere, Jillian Anwah, the Maryland senior throwing-events standout, took third in the women's shot put final, five days after placing third in the event at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships.

She had reached a career best of 49 feet, 11 inches at the ACC meet and was a little more than a foot under that mark yesterday. Facing up to some of America's finest, she delivered a 48-9 1/2 toss that trailed only Candia Kelly of Texas Christian (51-3 3/4 ) and Stacy Wannamacher of Purdue (50-8 1/4 ).

Towson's Kelly Robinson made her mark at Penn, too, throwing the javelin 151-0 to place sixth in the final. Purdue's Kara Patterson won the event (184-1).

Morgan State's Leitawsha Brunson (46- 1/2 ), Maryland's Ashley Williams (46-0) and UMBC's Ashley Fauntleroy (45-3 1/2 ) claimed spots 5-6-7 in the women's second-tier shot put final.

Bowie State's Elaine Rhoades continued her breakthrough freshman season with a 1:00.65 performance that won her section of the women's college 400-meter hurdles championship final and ranked her fifth overall.

Ranking 13th in long series of girls small-school 400-meter relay sections was Western (48.66). Other leaders included McDonogh's 48.73, Long Reach's 48.96, Catonsville's 50.33, Pikesville's 50.53 and Oakland Mills' 50.61.

The leading Maryland large-school 400 relay teams included Annapolis (48.13), Western (48.42) and Paint Branch (48.55).

Randallstown (4:11.79) won its section of the 1,600 relay series. Other Maryland heat winners included Catonsville (3:54.31) and Marriotts Ridge (4:06.18).

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