H. D. Woodson's 400-meter girls relay team rejoiced yesterday when the Photo-finish camera showed Charlita Whitehead's pigtail across the finish line ahead of William Penn's anchor runner.
It is only Penn Relays event for high school girls that provides gold watches to members of the winning team. The Warriors from Washington were timed in 48.41 seconds to 48.44 for favored William Penn of Philadelphia.
Leslie Humphries, running the third leg, make the big move for Woodson. Whitehead then hung on with a gutty finish. Felicia Moore and Cecile Carter were the first two runners.
Eastern's boys were unable to match their 41.9 effort of Friday and finished third in the 400-meter championship with 42.45. Westfield (N.J.) won in 42.11.
Central was second in a consolation 400 race in 42.85, while H. D. Woodson clocked 42.97 and Fairmont Heights 43.2 in consolation efforts.
Eastern placed fourth in the championship 1,600 meters in 3:19.0. Trenton Central (N.J.) won it in 3:13.1 after setting a meet record of 3:12.2 in the morning. Both Georgetown and Maryland are interested in Trenton's Aubrey McKitchen, a key figure in both the 1.600 and 3,200 victories who ran four races yesterday.
The Eastern quartet of Gregory Michael, Kevin Robinson, James Green and Philip Hooker posted the second best time, 3:17.1, in the morning 1,600 class relays. H. D. Woodson and Fairmont Heights both ran 3:17.5 to earn championship berths.
Other outstanding times by Washington-area schools included heat win-winners Central, 3:23,6; Oakland Mills, 3:23.8; Anacostia, 3:25.9; and Georgetown Prep, 3:27.9; with David Saunders anchoring the 47.8; plus T. C. Williams, second in 3:20.9; Theodore Roosevelt, second in 3:21.3; McKinley, third in 3:21.3, and Ballou, fifth in 3:21.7.
Fairmont Heights, 7:53.2, had the best time of area entries in the 3,200-meter relay. Ballou ran 7:53.8 and Central, 7:56.4. Trenton Central won the championship in 7:49.8 after setting a meet record of 7:39.5 in the trials.
Sanya Owolabi of North Tarrytown, N.Y., set a Penn Relays mark of 52 feet 2 3/4 inches in the high school triple jump.