Tomi Rucker and Kelly Jackson paced Coolidge High School to the D.C. Public Schools girls track and field championship yesterday at Coolidge. The Colts scored 128 points to win their 10th title in 11 years.
Rucker won the long jump (18 feet 9 inches) and the 100 meter hurdles (14.3). She missed an opportunity for a triple when she was disqualified for a false start in the 330 intermediate hurdles.
Jackson, the 1980 100 meter champion, fought off defending champion Wanda Eades of McKinley to win the sprint in 12.0. Jackson finished third in the long jump (17-2) and the high jump (4-10) to give her team valuable points.
The meet's most outstanding performer was Lisa Fennell of H.D. Woodson. Fennell turned in a 55.4 in the quarter-mile, topping the previous area best this year of 56.6 by Donna Neale of Oakland Mills. Fennell won the 880 in 2:15.1, eclipsing the previous area best of 2:17.8 she set earlier this year. Fennell just missed winning the 220 when Eades' lunge at the tape beat her in 25.5.
Dunbar continued its dominance in the distance events for the fourth year in a row. Kathy Reed twice fought off teammate Chevelle Tilghman to take the one mile (5:27.0) and the two mile (12:07.4).