TOWSON, MD., JULY 18 -- Only three Washington-area track athletes have won events in the first two days of competition at the 13th annual East Coast Invitational at Towson State University.
Gaithersburg's Laura Boizelle, competing in the 8-and-under division, won the 1,500 meters in 6 minutes 5 seconds.
Michael Jones of the Jaguars Track Club in Largo won the 14-and-under 1,500-meter racewalk, which drew three entrants, in 9:00.8. His teammate, Dwayne Green, finished second in 9:58.7. And Melissa Irvin of Washington, D.C., won the girls 15-16 shot put at 34 feet 9 inches.
Several area athletes also fared well at the meet, which has attracted 2,029 competitors.. Everton Reid of the Chillum Striders was third in the 16-and-under triple jump at 42-7. In the 10-and-under long jump, Timmy Woods of the Firebirds Track Club was fourth and Bernard Gaither of the Fort Meade Track Club was fifth, both at 12-9.
Tasha Whitted of the D.C. Striders finished fifth in the girls 16-and-under 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 1:06.92. Wanda Evans of the Firebird Track Club finished second in the 17-18 long jump at 18-2 3/4.
Jerome Leake of Upper Marlboro's Model City Track Club finished fourth in the boys 10-and-under 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 1:00.21. Leake also qualified for Sunday's finals in the 110-meter hurdles. Also in the 400-meter hurdles race, Bruce Smith of Upper Marlboro was sixth in 1:00.79.
Heading into Sunday's final day of the decathlon, Wesley Rouse of the D.C. Striders is third with 2,549 points.
Many area athletes qualified for Sunday's 100-meter finals. Shayla Barries of the Chillum Striders qualified in the girls 9-10 and Paige West, also of Chillum, qualified for the boys 9-10. The Cavalier-Cavalette Track Club of Fort Washington qualified two 13-14 girls, Monita Hawkins and Candice Robinson. Stephanie Leo of Chillum and Stacey Jackson of the Silver Spring Track Club also qualified.