The Meet of Champions looked north for additional talent this year. The search succeeded so well that all the outstanding performer trophies were carried off in that direction after yesterday's seven-hour high school track and field carnival at Gallaudet.
Youth was served as well as visitors. The youngest champion was freshman Robin Jackson of Port Richmond, N.Y., who leaped 18 feet 11 1/4 inches on her final attempt to edge Fairmont Heights' Cathy Barber in the women's long jump. By adding 22 3/4 inches to the meet record, Jackson was also chosen the outstanding women's field-event competitor.
Sandra Farmer, a sophomore from Brooklyn, earned women's track honors by setting a national high school record of 42.22 seconds in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Farmer needed a lunge at the tape to nip New Yorker Kim Whitehead, whose 42.24 also was under Farmer's old mark of 42.6.
Rodney Wilson, a junior from Philadelphia, swept both men's hurdles events to capture the male track trophy. He won the 110-meter highs in 13.87 and the 300-meter intermediates in 37.3, both outstanding high school times.
The only senior to collect one of the big awards was men's discus champion Brian Dalatri of Brick Town, N.J., who set a meet record with a 183-10 effort.
There were other remarkable performances by undergraduates, prompting meet director Bob Rotherberg to say. "The juniors are better than the seniors and the sophomores are better than the juniors. All these kids need is competition."
Joetta Clark, a sophomore from Maplewood, N.J., took the women's 800 meters in 2:07.2, fighting off Jill Haworth of Bowie and Linda Portasik of Fort Hunt down the stretch. It was Clark's third two-lap race in three days and her second 2:07 clocking.
Paula Hines, a Bladensburg sophomore, won the women's 100 meters in an excellent 12:11. She also placed second in the 200 behind another junior, Benita Fitzgerald of GarField.