If the Marines need a new recruiting slogan, they can try "Join the Marines and Grow." First Lt. Denis Fikes has added 1 1/2 inches since he graduated from Pennsylvania two years ago as a 3:55 miler, and growing pains have retarded his progress on the track.

Fikes, now 6-foot-3, apparently has straightened out all the kinks, because he breezed through the 1,500 meters in 3:44.4 to shock a strong field yesterday in the Maryland Track Classic at Byrd Stadium.

The shock effect came from Fikes' presence in a secondary section, which he won with ease. There was a spirited battle in the top section, with Craig Masback of Princeton holding off Georgetown's Jim Peterson and [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Speirs of the New York AC, but Masback's time of 3:45.8 wasn't good enough to surpass Fikes.

"I'm just beginning to come back now," said Fikes, who is pointing for the interservice meet at Gallaudet June 2-3. "I haven't done anything, really. I tried to keep it easy. Until two weeks ago, I hadn't run a quarter faster than 65 seconds. And I was scared of doing the work myself today setting the pace, because I don't know where I'm at.

"I grew an inch and a half since I lef Penn and my legs couldn't handle it. I finally figured it out when I'd go to inspection, and my uniforms weren't fitting. I was training good last year, but I wasn't responding in races, so that must be the reason. It runs in the family. My mother grew an inch six years ago."

Fikes' time cut 6.3 seconds off a soft meet record and was one of 10 new marks posted in the first good weather to grace the meet in its four-year history. An 11th was tied, a good day's work for the 19-event competition.

Greg (Fly) Robertson of Maryland beat an excellent field in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 51.1, a personal best and a meet standard, then ran awau with the 110-meter highs in 13.8, matching the meet record.

"That hurt," Robertson said after the tough intermediates. "I've been working real hard on endurance, but I haven't really been practicing the intermediates. I put my right starting block back farther than usual today and went out hard."

Among his victims were Penn graduates Harold Schwab and Bruce Collins, and Karl Williams, the Virginia freshman who nipped Robertson in the ACC meet.

"I was waiting for you to hit the 10th hurdle," said runner-up Schwab of Robertson's usual problem area, the final barrier. But he cleared it cleanly today and figures to pad Maryland's point total in the IC4A meet at Philadelphia Friday and Saturday.

Richard Massey of Howard ran away with the 400-meter run in 46.7, then returned to run a 46.1 third leg as the Bison won the mile relay in 3:09.8.

Richard Massey of Howard ran away with the 400-meter run in 46.7, then returned to run a 46.1 third leg as the Bison won the mile relay in 3:09.8.

"I'm trying to get everything together again," Massey said. "I haven't worked out in three weeks. My body's sore and I've had some problems at home."

Massey suffered a leg injury in the Mid-Eastern Conference Championships April 23 and was off form in the Penn Relays the following week.

Albert Lomotey of Ghana, competing for Concerned Athletes in Action, was clocked in 10.0 in the 100-meter semifinals, into a slight headwind. He was troubled by cramps in his left leg in the final and his 10.4 time earned only a one-third share of first place.