H.D. Woodson won its third straight Interhigh East Division cross-country title yesterday after a directive from the school superintendent's office headed off a threatened boycott of the championships by several other schools.
Six league coaches said Wednesday they were seriously considering boycotting the races if Woodson ran David Allen, a student the coaches claimed Woodson track coach Stan Mullins had recruited from Bowie High School in Maryland.
"An order from the superintendent's office said we had to run," said Ballou coach Bruce Willaims after the league'legal consel had ruled Allen was eligible.
Allen had the day's fastest time, 17:53 for the three miles, as Woodson swept the first three places in the East Division race and beat runner-up Spingarn by 33 points.
One of the coaches who threatened to boycott was Spingarn's Hubert Gates.
"I used to run for him (Gates) when I went to Spingarn," Woodson cross-country coach Vincent Harrington said yesterday. "He just doesn't like the idea that one of his former students beat him at his own game.
"When Mr. (Otto) Jordan (the Inter-high atheletic director) told us Tuesday that the school board had ruled David was eligible to run, I thought this was over."
David Allen, H. D. WOODSON, 17.53: Kevin Rice, Woodson, 18.13; Ronald Crowder, Woodson, 18.22; Wilns Hall, Springarn, 20.24; Horace Stewart, Ballou, 18.34; Curtis Oden, Spingarn, 18.41; Kenneth Randolph, Eastern, 18.52; Ronald Smith, Woodson, 19.14; Kevin Littlejohn, Ballou, 19.18; Andre Curry, Spingarn, 19.38.
McKinley's James King took individual honors in the West Division by finishing in 18:17, but Cardozo placed four of its runners in the top 10 to take the boys team title. Roosevelt was second.
Jackie Kelly won the West Division girls title and Coolidge won the team championship as its runners finished first, second, fourth and seventh.
Woodson, paced by Wanda Watts, also ran away with the girls title in the East, beating runner-up Ballou, 21-52.