Like 100 or so other relay teams from several states on the East Coast who were upstaged by the better-prepared and more-talented teams from Jamaica, metropolitan area teams did not fare well in the relay events at the recent 92nd annual Penn Relays
Several area athletes, however, more than distinguished themselves in individual events.
The top performance of the meet was turned in by Langley distance runner Erin Keogh. She set a meet record of 9:24.6 in the girls 3,000 meters. Her time was the 10th fastest ever by a high school girl, and she was named the top female high school performer of the meet.
Wendy Neely of Lake Braddock was third in a time of 9:46.3, Tana Jo Clare of Robinson eighth in 10:06, and Karen Santacon of W.T. Woodson 15th in 10:21.3.
Lake Braddock's Dana Boone, the area's premier long jumper, won her specialty in 18 feet 9 1/4 inches. La Plata's Tracy Cooke was fourth with a jump of 18-2.
In the Championship of America relay events, St. Jago of Jamaica won the girls 4x100 in 45.87 and Vere Tech of Jamaica, seeking a fifth straight win in this event, was second in 46.98.
In the 4x400 final, Vere Tech won in 3:43.6 and St. Elizabeth's was runner-up in 3:44.7.
Lake Braddock ran an area-best 3:52.9; Central ran 3:55.1. Other area times were Robinson in 3:57.3; Oxon Hill (3:59.0); Douglass (4:00.8); H.D. Woodson (4:03.3); Anacostia (4:04.6); McDonough (4:06.40; Suitland (4:08.7); High Point (4:08.8); Eleanor Roosevelt (4:13.7); and Oakland Mills (4:17.0).
The Jamaican boys teams were as successful as the girls. In the 4x100 final, Calabar of Jamaica won in a meet record of 40.3.
In the boys individual events, Woodbridge's Chris Lockett won the pole vault by clearing 15-0 and teammate Kevin Berry tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6-8. Berry was also sixth in the triple jump final with a distance of 46-6 2/3. Episcopal's Richard Beaver finished fifth in the 3,000.
In the 4x800 relay, H.D. Woodson, thanks to a 1:53.7 leg by Lushia Taliaferro, qualified for the final with a time of 7:51.6. In the championship race, the Warriors finished third in a time of 8:57.63. Clarendon of Jamaica won in 7:49.0.
In other heats, local finishers were Bethesda-Chevy Chase (7:58.3); Spingarn (8:02.0); O'Connell (8:04.8); West Springfield (8:05.6); Suitland (8:06.4); Woodbridge (8:08.3); and Lake Braddock (8:08.8).
In the 4x400, the fastest area time was turned in by Largo in 3:17.5. That earned the Lions a berth in the final. They finished fifth in 3:21.78. Calabar of Jamaica won the race in 3:12.93. Central of Philadelphia, anchored by sophomore sensation William Reed (45.1 split twice), was second in 3:14.16.
Other area teams with good times included Lake Braddock (3:17.9); H.D. Woodson (3:21.9); Oxon Hill (3:23.0); and Wilson (3:23.3). The other 16 area teams entered ran between 3:23.5 and 3:39.0.
Among the area finishers in the boys 4x100 heats were H.D. Woodson (43.0); Wilson (43.1); Gonzaga (43.3); High Point (43.6); Spingarn, Woodbridge and Oakland Mills (43.7); Robinson, Potomac and Ballou (43.8); Central and Bowie (43.9); Carroll (44.2); Laurel (44.4); Fairmont Heights (44.5); Oxon Hill (44.6); Eleanor Roosevelt (44.7); Episcopal (45.3); and Meade (45.4).