Three recent despoilers of Maryland track and field records will display their talent today at the fourth annual Maryland Track Classic, a final tuneup for the Terrapins' defense of their IC4A title Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. Evenths begin at 1 o'clock. Admission is free.
Jim Kirby, Ian Pyka and Brian Melly face tough competition from old rivals, Terrapin grads and other familiar faces.
Kirby, who raised the school javelin mark to 262 feet 6 inches, will battle one of Marylands all-time greats in that event, Dave Rose, as well as Penn State alumnus Ken Andrews.
Pyka, who holds the Maryland shot put standard of 61-5 1/2, once again takes on North Carolin State's Bob Mardlin, the Atlantic Coast Conference king, and Wolfpact teammate LeBaron Caruthers.
Melly, whose 7-2 high jump is Maryland's best in history, will be challenged by 7-foot leaper Shane Stroup of Clemson and Bob Nalley, a Terrapin standout as a freshman who now competes for the Marine Corps.
The jump promises an interesting matchup between Dennis Ivory, a prime contender for 10 IC4A points, and Bill Goodman, the granduate assistant whose ACC record Ivory eclipsed by one-quarter inch April 22.
The best of the track events, if all the entries show, will be the 1,500-meter run. Among names submitted were Jim Peterson of Georgetown Richard Schwartz of Duke, Villanova grad Ken Schappert and Princeton's Craig Masback.
The 400 meters offers Joseph Combs of Essesx County College, the Trinidad Olympian being wooed by many schools including Maryland; Penn State graduate Mike Sands, the Bahamas Olympian; Richard Hessey and Gosnell White of Howard, and Lee Priestly of Bohaa.
Both hurdles promise stiff comptition for Maryland's Greg (Fly) Robertson, with Penn grad Harold Schwab and ACC championship Karl Williams of Virginia in the intermediates and Kerry Bethel of Essex in the highs.
The full schedule of events includes the steeplechase for the first time. Almost 500 atletes are entered in the meet including 12 scheduled to compete in the World Games for the Deaf in Bucharest in July.