Maryland had a field day at the 101st IC4A outdoor track championships today. Jim Kirby, Scott Hersh and Dennis Ivory won three of the five finals to send the Terrapins winging to a 38-poing first-day.
Kirby, a senior, retained his javelin title with a three of 249 feet 11 inches. Hersh, a sophomore, won the discus by two inches with a toss of 174 feet 5 inches. Ivory, another sophomore, exhanged 1976 positions with teammate John Davenport, his personal best of 25-6 3/4 loading Maryland's habitual 1-2 finish in the long jump.
The Terrapins were only nine points ahead of Northeastern, which boasted the other two winners, but the Huskies from Boston lack second-day strength outside the steeplechase. Villanova, an expected contender, collected four points today.
Kirby, after receiving the smog with two sky-high throw, lifted a pile of pressure of his back with a third fling for 245-6. He unloaded his winning effort on his sixth try, after running-up Kent Womack of Yale had fallen short with an excellent 241-8.
"Sure, it makes it a little touch when you're in the first event and the team is counting on you to win," Kirby said. "I knew I could do it, even though the past two weeks were not too favorable. I'VE BEEN WORKING HARD ON THE WEIGHTS, BREAKING MY BODY DOWN. There are some meets coming up, and I expect to do a lot better.
"I'm still having trouble with the flight. My problem is the plant. As soon as I hit, everything goes up to the sky."
Hersh, second by four inches a year not only with a qualifier but the eventual winner. Runner-up Bill Kouach of Northeastern closed the gap in the final but not enough.
"This has been a disappointing season," said Hersh. "I dropped from second to fourth in the ACC and the Penn Relays, and I couldn't get up to last year's best (178 feet), and I didn't qualify for the Maccabiah Games. This helps a little."
Ivory spiked himself in the left foot on his final attempt, but expected to be ready for the triple jump on Saturday.
In the preliminaries, Ivory put together the three best jumps of the competition. In the final, he fouled twice, then pulled up when he was cut.
"I got tired," Ivory said. "I kept on jumping because I was afraid somebody would hit a big one."
Maryland qualified both its 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams for Saturday finals. Also advancing to the finals were Greg Roberston 400-meter hurdles; Gerald Johnson, 400; Brad Turley, pole vault, and Brian Melly and Dough Richardson, high jump. Reaching Saturday semifinals were Robertson and Rod Chesley, 110-meter high hurdles, and Andre Lancaster, 200.
Navy's David Barile was fifth in the javelin at 217-6. The Mids' Jeff Colvin and Daryl Anderson reached the 400 final. Tony Campbell and David Petrie gained the high hurdles semis.
Georgetown's 1,600 team qualified for the final.