Howard can reduce expenditures on next year's Howard Relays by using the same trophies. The Bison retained possession of most of the university division prizes yesterday with a dazzling sweep of five relay titles.
The main man of the gold collection team was junior Richard Massey, who won the 440 and helped the Bison to four baton championships, including a 3:13.7 success in the concluding mile relay.
The lone interloper on a chill, windy day at Howard Stadium was a whirlwind from the Caribbean, Neville Hodge. The 21-year-old Morgan state freshman, a native of St. Kitts, took the 100 in 9.5 and the 220 in 20.9, both remarkable times for the conditions on a cinder track.
Hodge's 220 victory ruined the bid of Howard's Reggie Sojourner to join Massey as a five-event gold medalist. Massey, Sojourner and Gosnell White were members of the victorious sprint medley, mile, 880 and 440 teams.
Sojourner's 47.5 third leg brought the Bison from behind to a runaway mile-relay success over Norfolk State. Massey closed it out in 47.6.
The toughest relay battle for Howard came in the 440, where Massey's strong third leg burnt the Spartans' James Doughtie and then anchorman Ernie Waiters held off David owens for a meet-record 41.9.
"The 440 was the one where we had the most skepticism," Massey said. "Five first places - it was a great day. The weather was terrible. Yes, it bothered me. But it had to be done."
The 2,500 spectators cheered every move by Massey, who commented, "Yes, I appreciated it. I don't appreciate something like that."
Carolyn Brinkley, a Federal City sophomore out of Theodore Roosevelt High swept the women's individual running events with one-sided victories at 100,220 and 440 yards.
"I usually run five to six times at a meet, so this was easy," Brinkley said after a day that included a superb 24.5 clocking in the 220.
McKinley's sprinters were the big winners on the high school portion of the program. Mark Leach won the 100 in 9.8 and led off victorious McKinley quartets in the 440 and 880. Anchorman Barry Tolliver also won the 220 in an excellent 21.6.
The happiest winners, however, were Wilson's representatives in the two-mile relay. After Jeffrey Bing fought off H.D. Woodson's Ron Crowder by a stride, he was engulfed by overjoyed teammates Peter Radway, Thomas Haigler and Melford Boodie.
Woodson, which reduced its efforts to avoid injuries in the cold weather, carried off just two titles. Jerome Watts set a meet record of 50.6 in the 440, then broke the mile relay open on the first leg.