It was all there -- the long procession of athletes strutting onto the Cole Field House floor while the 158-member Governor's Cup Marching Band saluted them with the Olympic theme; the lighting of the flame signifying the beginning of the Games; the welcoming speeches by Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer, South Korean Ambassador Kyung-Won Kim and Games chairman James Narron, and, for an extra touch, some oldies-but-goodies music by a group called the Hubcats.

There were even clowns, mascots, cheerleaders and pompon girls from High Point High School and an elderly gentleman who wandered in during the ceremony, only to leave in a huff after he was told this was not the July 4 celebration.

If last night's 90-minute festive opening of the third annual Maryland State Games was an indication of the quality of competition today and Sunday, the Games should be a big success.

"There will be a lot of happy people tomorrow and a lot of disappointed people {after the Games}, but the Games themselves can't help but be a success," said Narron, accepting congratulations for his organization of the opening show. "We have more than 300-400 volunteers and, when you get that many people together, and that was the objective -- to bring Maryland residents together -- you have really accomplished something."

Also enjoying the show were more than 1,500 of the expected 2,000 or so Maryland athletes who registered yesterday to compete in one of the 20 sports on the Maryland campus and at various other sites throughout the state.

The sports range from archery to track and field and are open to all Maryland residents (of all ages) and persons who attend universities or colleges in the state. Individual and team winners earn medals for first,- second- and third-place finishes.

The only races tonight were five divisions of the 5,000 meters. Greg Early of Eleanor Roosevelt High School won the boys 14-18 division in 16:20.1. Bowie's Rob Quinlan won the girls 5,000 in 20:07.1.

Tom Bomaster of Howard County took the adult men's (19-34) race in 15:28.4 and Jane Downing took the women's race in 22:16.5. Steve Ruckert won the masters (over 35) men's race in 16:02.7.

In first-round field hockey action, the Montgomery County Express defeated the Turf Team, 5-0, and Frostburg beat the All-Stars, 2-0.

Before the ceremonies, the campus was alive with people rushing about to register, eat free hot dogs, listen to the marching band or just sit on the grass.

While some tables were overflowing with registrants, Fran Brock, handling registration for fencing, wasn't busy at all.

"We only have 47 entered and I know all of them," said Brock, an office manager for a law firm. "Most of your fencers are professional people and won't register until today, when they compete. About two thirds of them have signed in, including myself. Fencing is a small fraternity and you get to know everyone . . . You have to be a hopeless romantic to like the sport."