Seniors Anthony Fields and Vivian Scruggs go to school miles apart geographically - Fields at H.D. Woodson of the Interhigh and Scruggs at Eleanor Roosevelt, almost 20 miles away in Price George's County.
Yet they are on smiliar paths.
The best performances of their high school track careers came on the final day of their respective seasons, and by now the ink has dried on their college scholarships.
Fields, who turned in the fastest 100-yard dash ever run in the Washington area in the Interhigh championships May 19, is heading south for East Carolina University.
Scruggs, who helped amass 40 of Roosevelt's 82 points when the Raiders won the girls Maryland Class A title May 27, will attend the University of Virginia the next four years.
Scruggs and Fields - area record holders in two events - are The Washington Post's outstanding performers for the 1978 outdoor high school track season.
It was not only a banner season for the Woodson speedster and the Roosevelt hurdler but for numerous other local performers as well. A total of 14 area records were broken and another was tied. One national relay record fell - the victim of H.D. Woodson's youthful girls troupe.
The area's best performances were compiled by The Washington Post in cooperation with the Washington Metropolitan Track Coaches Association and the Potomac Valley AAU Women's Track and Field Committee.
For Fields, his stellar efforts in the Interhigh championships capped a year when he emerged from the shadow of former teammate Bill Contee, last year's outstanding male performer now at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla.
The Woodson senior, who stands a smidgen under 5-foot-9 and weights 150 pounds, darted to a 100-yard triumph in 9.3 seconds, one-tenth better than the old area mark set by Eastern's Levine Burges in 1970. Fields also tied the area 220 record with a winning time of 21.1 which had stood since 1958 when Fairmont Heights' John Hamilton set the standard.
"His timing was very good," admitted Woodson Coach Stan Mullins, who has had Fields working out with former Arizona State standout Steve Williams. "All through high school he knew the type of person he was or could be, and he waited for his senior year to really turn it out."
Mullins, who has known Fields since the Warrior senior was in seventh grade, describes Fields' style as "silky smooth, and very, very relaxed. He runs naturally, just hard enough in qualifying heats, then really puts out in the finals. It's all in a day' work for him."
Scruggs cut out more than a day's work in the state finals, coming home first in the 440 (56.9), 100-meter hurdles (14.6) - the latter an area record - and helping the Raiders to the crown, anchoring Roosevelt's winning mile relay team. Earlier this season the versatile, 5-7 senior helped Roosevelt set a metro standard of 12:26 in the distance medley relay, running the 880.
"I think she's even surprised herself," said Roosevelt Coach Ralph White. "She's attained success so quickly she hasn't developed a lot of confidence she lacks now should come along with more success."
Scruggs wasn't the only hot item in local girls track, where 11 area records fell. The H.D. Woodson quartet of Felicia Moore, Valerie Robinson, Wanda Watts and Cecile Carter set a national record in the mile relay on May 17. Their clocking of 3:47.6 blasted the old mark of 3:50.2 set last year by Trimbel Teach of Fort Worth, Tex.
All except Robinson are underclassmen. Carter, Robinson, Moore and Charlite Whitehead also set a new 440 relay mark (48.3)
High Point Junior Aileen O'Connor has competed on a national level and now wins for fun in local meets. O'Connor, the Maryland AA champion in both the mile and two-mile posted area records of 4:56.1 and 10:17.3
Rounding out the girls list of new record-holders are Bladensburg's Paula Hines in the 100 (10.5), Fort Hunt's Linda Portasik in the 880 (2:10.1), Gar-Field's Benita Fitzgerald in the 100-meter hurdles (14.0), Meade's 880-relay squad (48.3) and Crossland's two-mile relay quartet (9:31.4).
Among the boys, Gar-Field weight man Steve Mehr broke the area discus record twice this spring. His early-season heave of 189-8 stood until the Virginia AAA championships. There Mehr recorded a throw of 190.2
T.C. Williams' mile relay lineup of Stacy and Argeall Durham, Barry Mountain and Tyrone Cross wiped out the eight-year record of 3:17.4 set by Cardozo. The Titan crew finished in 3:17.1 in the state meet.