Maryland used a "Fly" to wipe out a pest today. Greg (Fly) Robertson swept the hurdles to record the points that sent Maryland into triple figures and out of sight of challenging Villanova in the 101st IC4A outdoor track championship.
Robertson's double was the first by a Maryland athlete since Chris Stauffer won the same events in 1963. The Terrapins, winning six individual titles, rolled up a record 107 points. Villanova, a five event winner, totaled 82.
Ian Pyka and Tom Andersson opened the day with a double-barreled shot, finishing one-two in the 16-pound event for an 18-point Maryland splash. That put the Terrapins ahead of the Wildcats, 56-4, but 1-4 Villanova finishes in the 400 and 1,500, plus triple jump and 400 relay victories, would have made things hectic except for Robertson's heroics.
The sophomores out of South Bend, Ind., first took the 400-meter intermediates, raising his arm 20 yards from the tape and cavorting joyously into it. Then he rallied from a sixth hurdle deficit to overcome Seton Hall's Joe Mayatt in the 110 highs.
"I was looking for the finish line in the intermediates and I couldn't find it," Robertson said. "So I just kept running. I still haven't practiced the intermediates. I just run 'em.
"I still don't like it. But it gives me the endurance for the highs. And it might eventually be my race. The only problem is that when I run it in a meet before the highs it makes my legs heavy."
Heavy legs or not, he accelerated over the last four barriers to whip Myatt and, with third-place Rod Chesly, lifted Maryland into three figures, an IC4A first.
Pyka threw the shot 60 feet 8 inches for a personal birthday present. He will be 21 on Tuesday. Anderson, the defending champion who had worked out only twice in three weeks, managed 57-8 1/4 for second.
I try to go against marks in a meet like this, but I'm not that kind of a thrower." Pyka said. "I like to go against the competition."
There wasn't any here, particularly with Anderson ailing.
"I had a stomach virus," Andersson said, "and I spent some time in the hospital.
Other contributors for Maryland today were Brian Kelly, second in the high jump at 7-1, with Dough Richardson sixth at 6-10; Brad Turley, second in the pole vault at 15-8; Dennis Ivory, third in the triple jump at 50-2, although his left foot was bandaged after he was spiked while winning the long jump Friday, and the 400-meter team, which placed fifth.
It was a rocky day for Maryland coach Frank Costello. It began with Northeastern's Robert Otrando flinging and out-of-bounds shot inches from his head and concluded with the ritual plunge into the steeplechase water jump.
Costello received little sympathy, either from coaches who ridiculed his disclaimers of certain victory or from his wife Nancy.
When she learned of the near-miss in the shot put, Mrs. Costello commented, "It would have just put a dent in the shot." Watching her husband being carried to the water jump, she said."He deserves it. But I hope he doesn't get a strawberry on his backside, the way he did last year."
Georgetown placed sixth in the 1,600-meter relay, in which a dropped baton wiped out Maryland, and the Hoyas' Jim Peterson placed fifth in the 5,000 meters, a yard ahead of Navy's Claude Barron. Drexell George, the Edison High product attending William and Mary, was fourth in the shot put.
Villanova relay teams, both anchored by Tim Dale, set meet records in the 400 (40.08) and 1,600 (3:07.41). The only other meet standard was the 8:34.76 steeplechase by Northeastern's Bruce Bickford.
Tom McLean of Bucknell outkicked Villanova's Mark Belger in their heralded 800-meter confrontation, while the Wildcats' Phil Kane did the same to Princeton's Craig Masback in the 1,500.
Bill Hartley of Rhode Island became the first freshman ever to win the pole vault, clearing 15-8 despite having his teeth wired together in a hospital Friday, after his knee cracked his mouth during the qualifying.