University of District of Columbia sprinter Liz Young capped an otherwise uneventful afternoon with a stunnding, come-from-behind anchor leg to earn UDC a victory in the 440-yard relay yesterday at the Howard relays at the Howard University Stadium.
Young, who had a sparkling indoor seasons, did not fare well in her specialists, the 100- and 220-yard dashed. She got a poor start in the 100 and finished third behind winner Maria Parsons and Roberta Belle of Morgan State.Young finished second in the 220 final based on time. Belle had the best time of 25.0.
"My concentration broke before the gun went off in the 100," Young said. "I just got a bad start. In the 220 my timing was of and since it was on time I was awarded a second. I knew Morgan State had good sprinters and I expected good, tight races."
On the anchor leg of the 440, Young took the baton 15 yards behind Morgan's Mary Parsons and Howard's Sharon Jewell. Parsons, the twin sister of Maria Parsons, flew past Jewell and gave a quick glance over her shoulder at the fast-approaching Young.
"I knew she was coming," said Parsons. "She's always coming."
Parsons lunged for the tape but Young, with a full head of steam, surged by her to win the race.
Except for Young's victory, Morgan State's band of men and women sprinters dominated the meet. (No team scores were kept.)
Paula and Paulette Clagon, along with the Parson twins and Roberta Belle, helped the Bears win six of the eight women's events.
Morgan's men, led by sprinter Neville Hodge, took first places in five events.
Hodge had no serious challengers in the 100- and 220-yard dashes. He was so far ahead midway through both races he eased up near the finish and consequently didn't come close to breaking either of the meet records he holds (9.5 in the 100 and 20.9 in the 220). Hodge won the 100 in 10.1 and the 220 in 22.3.
Hodge also anchored the Bears' 880 relay to an easy first-place finish over Howard and North Carolina Central, but they were disqualified for a lane violation.
Howard, awarded first as a result of the disqualification, has no problem defeating Morgan State in the Sprint medley relay. The quartet of Robert Brown, Eddie Simms, Bernard Oliver and Michael Archie won easily in 3:32.1.
Coolidte's angela Washignton was a double winner in the higher school girls section. She won the 440-yard run in a meet-record time of 60.1 and the 220 in 26.5. She also anchored the victorious 440-yard relay.