Langley High School's Erin Keogh and Lake Braddock's Dana Boone took first-place honors in individual events today at the 92nd annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
The Howard University women's 4x800 relay team ran its fastest time this year to qualify for the final in that event. In winning their heat, the Bison were timed in 9:00.9, the fourth-best time of the afternoon.
Boone, rated the top high school female long jumper in the country indoors, scratched on three of her six jumps but leaped 18-9 1/4 on her third try to win by almost three inches.
Boone took a break between jumps and ran a tenacious anchor leg to help the Bruins win their heat of the 4x100 relay in 48.4 and gain one of the six berths for the girls high school Championship of America final Friday. Lake Braddock also qualified for Friday's 4x800 final.
Langley's Keogh, rated first nationally in both the 3,000-meter and two-mile run indoors, overcame a nagging cold and sore throat and virtually ran alone after the first 400 meters to easily win the girls 3,000-meter championship.
Keogh's time of 9:24.6 was far off the meet record of 9:15.33, but considering her physical condition and a lack of competition, she was happy with her performance.
"I just wanted to get out quick and go from there," said the junior, who won by almost 75 meters. "I can't run with a pack, I don't like running with a pack, so I went to the front early. Once I got out, I didn't look back to see who was going to challenge me."
George Mason's Lynn Sweeny won the women's javelin event with a throw of 152-4, the only local college woman to win individual honors.
Howard got a good opening 800 effort from Tisa Robinson, and Janice Kelly, Cindy Ford and Latrese Todd steadily widened the gap as the Bison women won their 4x800 relay heat with meters to spare. The final will be held Saturday.
Ford, Kelly and Robinson also ran well in the 4x400 relay, only to finish second behind highly regarded Morgan State (3:40.35) in their heat. The Bison's time of 3:42.33 did not qualify for the final.
North Carolina State's Kathy Ormsby set a national collegiate record in the 10,000-meter run. Her time of 32:36.2 bettered the old mark of 32:37.37 set by Katie Ishmael of Wisconsin in 1984.
Another winner was McDonough High's Kelly Joyce, who tossed the shot 43-3 to win the girls title.
In the girls 4x400, Central's Kellie Roberts brought the crowd of 7,892 to its feet when she turned a 54.1 split on her anchor leg. Roberts wiped out a 12-meter deficit and crossed the finish line with a 25-meter lead. The Falcons were timed in 3:55.1 but barely missed qualifying for the final.
The college men and high school boys races begin Friday morning.