A handful of area track and field records are expected to fall this week when more than 2,000 athletes will participate in the 16th annual Marc Jenkins Relays today at Spingarn beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the 10th annual Howard Relays Saturday at Spingarn beginning at 9 a.m.
In addition to Interhigh League schools, track teams from neighboring Prince George's and Montgomery counties and Northern Virginia as well as schools from New Jersey and White Plains, N.Y., will compete in the Marc Jenkins meet. Several area junior high schools also are entered.
The Marc Jenkins Relays has developed under the auspices of Director Hubert Gates into one of the season's better outdoor meets. Marc Jenkins, who died 17 years ago, taught and coached at Cardozo High School in the 1950s and '60s.
To make the competition fairer, Gates established an open section for smaller schools and a championship section for seeded teams. Over the years, many area records have been established or broken by performers at this meet.
Many of those same high schools will return Saturday to run in the Howard Relays. Meet Director Bill Moultrie said no fewer than a dozen colleges will also compete.
Schools expected to challenge Howard's men and women are Temple, Fairleigh Dickinson, Delaware State, Morgan State, Maryland-Eastern Shore and St. Augustine's.
One of the highlights of the meet should be the women's 100-meter hurdles, in which St. Augustine's Pat Davis, who won the indoor hurdles title at the Milrose Games, will meet Olympian Sophia Hunter of Delaware State.
Howard long jumpers Brenda Bailey and Teresa Allen should give their team the long jump crown. Bison all-purpose performer John Branch, a freshman from Ballou, will compete in the high hurdles and run in least two relays.
The outdoor track season is less than a month old, but early performances indicate this could be a banner year for runners.
In the Coolidge Relays last week, H.D. Woodson's Eric Folson, James Worthen, Dino McFadden and Martin Walker ran the 440 relay in :42.7. Worthen, McFadden, Kevin Wiley and Walker ran the mile relay in 3:19.6.
Other fine efforts were turned in by Rabaut Junior High's boys teams, who won three relays. Jamaal Wilkes, Robert Thomas, James Lee and Eric Bradshaw won the two-mile relay in 11:14; Eric Jones, Percy Bright, Ken Berkley and Andre Speedeberg won the 880 relay in 1:42.1; and Bright, Berkley, Speedeberg and Bradshaw the sprint medley in 3:56.
Langley Junior High's tall, talented basketball team used the alley-oop offense and inside attack to maximum success to defeat Kelly-Miller, 68-55, in the city junior high tournament championship game. Daniel Holloman had 20 points, Donald Ford 17 and Taierno Johnson 10 as Langley (21-1) captured its fifth championship in the last six years.