Al Baginski and Ward Wilson exceeded their 1981 performances today in the 61st Indoor IC4A Track and Field Championships. In each case, however, the net result was fewer points for Maryland, which needs some help in Sunday's windup if it is to successfully defend its team title.
Baginski unloaded a personal-best throw of 65 feet 9 inches in the first round of the 35-pound weight throw. That was almost three feet better than his winning heave in 1981, but it wound up No. 2 today after Bill Borden of Southern Connecticut raised his personal best by three feet with a 67-8 1/4 effort.
Wilson hit 24-4 1/2 in the long jump, two inches better than his second-place jump a year ago. This time he placed fourth, as 1 1/2 inches separated the first four finishers.
The winner was sophomore football tailback Greg Bell of Notre Dame, at 24-6. Anthony Phillip of Seton Hall, the IC4A outdoor champion, leaped 24-5 3/4, while Frank Alston of C.W. Post, the defender in Sunday's triple jump, placed third at 24-5 1/4.
Along with Vince Reilly's fourth-place finish in Friday's pentathlon, Baginski and Wilson gave Maryland 16 points for second place after three events, with 16 finals scheduled Sunday. A year ago, when the Terrapins won with 97 points, they had rolled up 34 at this stage.
Mount St. Mary's, with its 1-2-3 pentathlon finish, leads with 24 points. Of the principal contenders, however, Seton Hall had eight, Fairleigh Dickinson two and potent Villanova was yet to score but could look to a bundle of potential points on the track.
Maryland lost Ray Oglesby, a nonqualifying fifth in his 800-meter semifinal, and its only remaining track possibilities are Per Kristoffersen, who reached the 1,500 final, and the mile-relay team of David Saunders, Darryl Bryant, Paul Sewell and Chris Person, which advanced to Sunday's semifinal with the best trial time of 3:17.28.
The Terrapins will need a big effort by their field-event contingent of three pole vaulters, two high jumpers, three shot putters and two triple jumpers to pull this one out.
"We're not that far behind schedule," said Coach Stan Pitts. "Ward is jumping great and he should do well in the triple. Kristoffersen looked strong in the 1,500 and a lot of the guys he's running against have to go in the relays."
Wilson had a final jump well over 25 feet, but fouled by what he indicated with thumb and index finger as no more than a half inch.
"This meet is the indoor season and if we don't win this meet, getting in shape was a waste of time," said Baginski, whose best previous weight throw was 64-10.
"I went to two turns for this meet," said Borden, runner-up to Baginski in 1981. "I've had foul problems with three turns and with two I can be more animal and worry less about technique. I choked last year and this time I wanted to win."
Georgetown's John Gregorek had the fastest 3,000-meter qualifying time, 8:20.36, and anchored the distance-medley relay team to a relaxed 10:03.69, as freshman Kevin King broke the heat open with a 2:59.6 three-quarters leg. The Hoyas also looked good in the two-mile relay, which they won last year, and could conceivably capture all three events Sunday. In addition, freshman Frank McConville qualified for the 5,000 final.
Navy's Leo Williams made one leap of 6-10 1/4 to gain the final of the high jump. Teammate Bill Kovach reached the 3,000 final with an excellent 8:20.97.
George Mason advanced Jon Babcock to the 3,000 final, Mark Spenik in the pole vault and Godfrey Eason to the 55-meter semifinals.
In Friday's pentathlon final, Gudmund Olsen, a Mount St. Mary's senior from Norway, set a collegiate record of 4,089 points. He would have beaten Daley Thompson's world indoor best, but reacted so violently in the pit after high-jumping a personal-best 6-8 that he shook the standard and the bar came down, costing him 32 points.