Although Dunbar and Wilson's girls indoor track teams have yet to compete this season, they could have a significant role in the outcome today's Interhigh meet at the D.C. Armory.
An excellent performance by either team could determine whether Ballou or H.D. Woodson captures the team title.
Most Interhigh coaches thought Ballou was the team to beat entering the indoor season. Dunbar was considered the darkhorse after winning the cross country title with five excellent sophomores, including Jackie McCalop, who was chosen most valuable runner.
Consequently, Dunbar could affect the outcome in the middle- and long-distance events.
Wilson will have a track team of two with Molly Carr, first team in cross country, and Tina Churchill, the league's most valuable volleyball player. Carr finished second to McCalop in the cross country final.
Anacostia's Laquetta Mathis and Lorraine McCall will be key runners for Coach Patricia Briscoe.
Ballou features nationally ranked Lynda Tolbert in the 55-meter hurdles; she has been timed indoors in 7.93. The Knights also have Doris Grooms in the 500 (1:23.78), Felicia Lesene in the 500 (1:25.22) and Yolanda Thornton in the 1,000.
H.D. Woodson is led by Monique Goode in the 500 (1:18.5), Michelle Glenn in the 300 (44.79), Karen Fraizer in the 500 (1:19.0) and Tracey Oaks in the 55 (7.50).
Woodson also is favored in the boys competition. The Warriors have Tim Moore in the mile (4:34.25), Arthur Catoe in the triple jump (43-4), Ronald Jones in the 55 hurdles (7.6) and Ricardo Felder in the 500 (1:10.22).
The Ballou boys will challenge with John Branch in the 55 hurdles (8.02), Michael Williamson in the 3,200 (10.11.3) and Donald Cunningham in the shot (47-1 1/4).
Wilson Coach Ronald Jenkins feels that Anacostia -- not Ballou -- will contend with H.D. Woodson for the boys title. The Indians have junior William Lumpkin, who won the 500 meters (1:04.2) at the George Mason Invitational meet on Jan. 5. Coach James Pryor also has two fine 55-meter hurdlers in Andrew Woodward (7.70) and Nathaniel Blane (8.06).
Coach Bruce Williams has done a fine job with Spingarn's boys team, which is led by Carlos Gill (1:11.4 in the 500). Gill displayed an excellent finishing kick at George Mason in winning his heat.
Even though Theodore Roosevelt's Robert Thomas hasn't run in an indoor race this season, he is favored in the 55-meter dash.
Wilson recently did well in the Virginia Tech High School Invitational on Jan. 5. Wilson's 1,600-meter relay team of Cedric Barnes, Steve Lockamy, Jerome Coleman and Adrian Miller took third.