If the outdoor track season is anything like the recently completed indoor campaign, the Interhigh will probably have one of its finer seasons.
Four Interhigh performers enter the spring session having earned all-America honors for the indoor season.
Anacostia's William Lumpkin ranks first in the country in the 500 meters (1:04.02). Lumpkin earned that time Jan. 5 in winning the 500-meter finals at the George Mason University Invitational.
Lumpkin hopes to run a 1:50.0 in the 800 meters for the outdoor season. He will also run the shuttle hurdles and anchor the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays.
"I want to keep on winning the 800 and try to win everything I run in," said Lumpkin, a junior, who was undefeated in the indoor season.
Ballou's Lynda Tolbert ran the fifth-fastest time (7.93) ever in the indoor 55-meter hurdles. Track and Field News converted her 7.93 to 7.91 for the 60-yard hurdles, which ranks second in the country behind Yolanda Johnson of Washington High School of Denver.
Tolbert was also second in the country in the long jump (18-10), three-fourths of an inch behind Carmen Mann of Falls Church High in Fairfax and Caryl Smith (also of Washington High School of Denver), who tied for first (18-10 3/4) in the nation.
Tolbert says she hopes this spring to run a 11.4 for the 100 meters, 23.8 for the 200 and 13.8 for the 100-meter hurdles. "I don't know about the long jump or high jump," she said.
McKinley's Gracie Brown earned a national ranking by winning the 60-yard hurdles (8.1) in the Girls Interscholastic Track Invitational at Harvard University on March 3. That time puts her third in the country behind Tolbert in the 60-yard hurdles.
"She (Brown) may be the No. 2 hurdler on the East Coast behind Tolbert," said her coach, Dorsey Bobo. "Gracie is running everything well. The thing is to keep her healthy."
Cardozo's Boris Goins jumped 24-2 on March 4 to come in second in the long jump behind O'Connell's Eric Metcalf at the Eastern States Track and Field meet at Princeton University. That jump puts Goins second in the country behind Metcalf (24-7 3/4).
All-America honors this spring could be earned by Theodore Roosevelt's Robert Thomas, who ran an unrecognized hand-timed of 10.25 (10.54 electronically) in the 100 meters last year; and by H.D. Woodson relay teams.
Indoor champions Ballou and H.D. Woodson have enough solid performers to be the preseason favorites to win the Interhigh girls and boys championship respectively this spring. Both Ballou teams are the defending champions for the outdoor season.
Woodson has Tim Moore who hopes to run a 4:16 or 4:18 for the 1,600 and 9:10 for the 3,200 meters.
Along with Moore, Woodson will have solid performers Arthur Catoe, Maurice Carpenter, Ricardo Felder, Ronald Jones, Eric Folsom, Gary Coates, Lushia Taliaferro, George Mullins, Keith Turner. Carpenter, Jones and Moore made first team all-Interhigh for the indoor season. Catoe, Folsom, and Turner were voted to the second team.
"If we work together there's no way we can lose," said Coates. "We have the talent we just have to bring it out."
Ballou will be Woodson's biggest challenger. The Knights will depend a lot on all-league first-teamers John Branch, Donald Cunningham and Michael Williamson.
Spingarn has enough talent to challenge for the boys' title. The Green Wave will have Carlos Gill running the 800 meters, along with Rodney Scott, Michael Truehart, Nathan Bradley and Timothy Rickard.
Besides Lumpkin, Anacostia will have an excellent hurdler in first-teamer Andrew Woodard, and strong performers in third-teamers Anthony Hugee and Tony Duncan.
Besides Thomas, Roosevelt will have Gene McCollough and Allan Chancellor. Eastern will have Gene Simmons running and Coolidge will have Maurice Miller, Charles Jordan, Joseph Fitch and David Green.
Wilson has Cedric Barnes, Steve Lockamy and Holmes Graybeal running middle distance.
Cardozo will depend on David Terry along with Goins.
Ballou's girls are extremely strong. To go along with Tolbert, the Knights have Parrie Everitt, Maria Small and Yolanda Thornton. Coach Phillip Faxio has additional talent in Doris Grooms, Felicia Lesene, Roxanne Rawls, Charlene Taylor, Carol Dorsey, Allette Hannon and Linda Johnson.
Woodson has talented athletes in Danette Anderson, Karen Frazier, Monique Goode and Tracey Oaks.
Anacostia hopes to capture third. The Indians have good runners in Lorraine McCall, Laquita McCall and Cynthia Battle.
Spingarn will have Margaret Mooney, Angie Grant, Tanya McDowell and Theresa Johnson and Jackie Whitney.
Coolidge will depend on Sally Morris, Rhonda Doy and Tina Wright. Eastern has a good hurdler in Ronetta Hockaday.