Theodore Roosevelt's Ronald Thomas and MS International's Michael Ransom were double winners yesterday in the Howard Relays at Coolidge High School. The meet, with events for both college and high school athletes, went on despite constant rain.
Thomas edged Ballou High's Andre Hawkins at the tape to win the 100-meter dash in 11.1 seconds. In the 200-meter race, Thomas came from behind to win his heat and the race in 22.4.
"I liked the conditions; maybe I'm weird," said Thomas, a 10th-grader.
Ransom apparently also liked the slippery surface as he won the 100- and 200-meter college races. "I wanted to run in a straight line," Ransom said about his win in the 100.
Howard and MS International dominated the men's college events.
Ballou's Lynda Tolbert won the girls 100, edging Oxon Hill's Jan Harris. Tolbert also placed second in the long jump and ran a strong third leg in the 880 relay.
"I wiped the track," Tolbert said about her start in the 100.
Two meet records were set prior to a downpour. The Suitland girls' 440-yard relay team ran 49.3. Howard's women set a college-division 440-relay record with 46.9.
Donald Battle of Howard won the 880-yard run in 1:54.9. Ivan Jordan of MS International won the 440 in 48.7.
Coolidge High School's Jeryl Fitch passed a tired Metris Shuler of Suitland on the final lap to win the girls' 880 in 2:21.5. "I tried to beat her before she got on the curve," Fitch said.
All of the hurdle events and several relays were canceled because of the conditions. "It was a courageous meet on the part of the athletes," said Howard Coach Bill Moultrie.