The University of Maryland track team, with four double-winners -- including one who had not planned to run -- easily defeated Navy today, 100-63.
Al Baginski (discus and hammer throw); Kevin Wilson (long and triple jumps); Wayne Morris (1,500 and 800 meters), and Chris Person (110-meter high and 400-meter intermediate hurdles) spearheaded the Terps.
However, Maryland could not relax until the final five events. Navy took advantage of a bad pass between Maryland's second and third runners and won the 400-meter relay and swept the steeplechase, to throw an early scare at Maryland Coach Stan Pitts.
"I was very worried going into this meet," Pitts said. "But we got a lot of seconds and thirds and Chris (Persons) running today made a big difference." Persons sprained his right ankle a week ago and decided to run only minutes before today's meet.
"I didn't feel (the ankle) in the race, but before and after it was very sore," Persons said.
Maryland, consistently strong in field events, received ample support from its runners. Sophomore Morris' double surprised both Pitts and Navy Coach Jim Gehrdes. "I expected a win the 1,000, but I'm pleased with the result. I wanted to be competitive and we accomplished that," Gehrdes said.
With Maryland holding a 60-53 edge, Morris lead a one-two finish in the 800 and the Terps swept the discus and their lead vaulted to 77-54.
Bill Kovach set a Navy record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Teammate Pat Bailey won the 200 meters, anchored the victorious 400-meter relay team and was second in 400 meters.