Villanova continued its domination of the distance races at the Penn Relays today, capturing the 6,000-meter, sprint-medley and 3,200-meter events at Franklin Field.
The Wildcats, who won the distance-medley relay Friday, didn't set any records on the slippery surface, but didn't allow a constant drizzle to effect their performances. Sydney Maree, who held off Georgetown's John Gregorek on his 1,600-meter anchor leg to give his team the win in the distance medley Friday, turned in another spectacular performance today.
Again, it was a Villanova-Georgetown battle. Villanova's Carey Pinkowski went out ahead of Hoya Phil Reilly and Wilcat Dean Childs stretched the lead to six yards over Georgetown's Kevin Byrne.
But Amos Korir couldn't hold off Gregorek, who had the second-fastest 1,500-meter split of the day (3:41.3). The Hoya all-America gave teammate Jim DeRienzo a 12-yard advantage. Korir gave his stick to Maree.
The crowd then settled back to watch Maree run wild for 3 1/2 laps, Maree was content to run just behind DeRienzo.
"I didn't know what kind of speed he (DeRienzo) had so I decided at that point I'd better go out," said Maree. "I knew he was a tough runner and I didn't want to be locked in a step for step race at the end."
With a little more than 250 meters to run, Maree eased up beside the Hoya anchor runner. But DeRienzo, expecting the move, refused to fold and began to sprint. The two men matched strides until they reached the stretch.
Maree took one look at the struggling DeRienzo and knew then that the race was over. DeRienzo faded and Maree roared through the tape in the good time of 15:01.35. Maree's 3:39.4 split was the best of the day.
"I flat ran out of gas," said DeRienzo.
DeRienzo's 3:42.8 helped the Hoyas run 15:04.07. George Mason finished eighth with a time of 15:26.4.
Villanova, getting a sizzling 1:46.2 800-meter anchor leg from Don Paige, came from behind to win the sprint medley. Florida A&M, with excellent legs from its first three runners, had a 10-yard lead on Villanova when Paige got the stick in fourth place.
The crowd had no sooner begun to chant, "Go, Go," when the smooth-striding Paige went flying past anchormen from FAMU, Glassboro State and Iona. Paige won in a breeze as the Wildcats were credited with 3:17.19.
In the IC4A sprint-medley relay, Navy (3:22.97 grabbed second place behind winner Fairleigh Dickinson (3:22.30). Maryland had baton problems and managed a fourth place in 3:24.26.
Houston, anchored by its outstanding freshman, Carl Lewis, led from start to finish in capturing the 400-meter Championship of America relay. The Cougars were timed in 39.95. Morgan State (40.86) won the IC4A consolation final. Maryland and Navy finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 41.6 and 41.9.
Maryland's Cornelius Cousins won the triple jump with a leap of 51-7 3/4. Teammate Chip McCarthy took second in the pole vault (16-6).
Lewis came back to run another scoring anchor leg, in the 800-meter Championship of America relay, to give Houston another triumph. Lewis was all alone when he took the baton from Ricky Propps and coasted home in 1:22.82. Maryland, which ran a 1:24.6 to qualify for the eight-team final, never got started and was last in 1:27.7.
In the final race of the week-long track festival, Morgan State's foursome of Carlton McNorton, Guy Goodwon, Robert Vaughn and Neville Hodge turned in a 3:08.4 to win the 1,600 relay.
Paige, a senior was voted the meet's outstanding male track performer. Maryland's Marita Walton, the shot and discus winner, was the recipient of the women's MVP award.