The girls finished second and the boys third as Washington, D.C. won gold medals in track and two more in swimming in the 12th annual United States Youth games held in New Haven, Conn., over the weekend.
Swimmer Rory Lewis was the top local performer, sweeping the boys 14-15 to- and 100-yard freestyle events, the 100 in record time. Lewis' performance led the Washington swimmers to a fourth-place finish.
In track and field the local winners were Yolanda Powell with a clocking of 12.0 in the girls 12-13 100-yard dash; Sterling Parker in the boys 12-13 220 Adam Hansford in the boys 9-11 220; and Terry Butler who took the boys 14-15 220.
Jeanette Kelly won the girls 12-13 440 and Cecil Carter won the same distance in the girls 14-15 division. Kevin Rice won the boys 14-15 880 to round out the track winners.
Washington's only winner in field events was Tomi Rucker who won the girls 14-15 long jump with a leap of 15-9 3/4.
In relay events, Washington added two more gold medals, winning the boys 9-11 440 relay and the girls 14-15 880 relay.
The boys finished with 71 points, behind New York and Birmingham, Ala., while the girls totaled 96 points, finishing second to Detroit.
The Youth Games were inaugurated in 1966 by Hohn Lindsay, then mayor of New York. The first year inner-city youths from New York, Washington and Boston took part when the competition was held in New York.
In 1967, the games were expanded to their current 13-city format. More than 1,000 youngsters competed this year, including 76 from Washington.
Only youngsters aged 9-15 are eligible to compete and more than 90 per cent of them come from the inner city.