BALTIMORE, JAN. 16 -- Glen Burnie's Rhonda Boarman and Old Mill's Matt Garvin got the 26th Maryland National Guard Scholastic Games off to a record-breaking start at the Fifth Regiment Armory today.
In the day's first two events Boarman broke her second record in as many competitions by going 5 feet 6 in the high jump for the record by an inch and Garvin cleared 14-3 in the pole vault for the record by a foot.
In her last meet, Boarman, a senior, beat jumpers from Washington, New York and the Tidewater area of Virginia in winning the George Mason meet event at 5-8. It was her best effort by three inches at the time. Now, it's almost commonplace.
"I don't think my sights have really changed. It's just that now, each time I go in thinking I can win. But there's always that chance someone else will," she said.
Garvin is a transfer from Texas this year and was regularly clearing 14 feet last year as a sophomore outdoors. But his indoor heights were considerably less.
"I'll be disappointed if he doesn't do 15-6 or 16-0 by the end of the year," said Old Mill Coach Ron Evans.
Eleanor Roosevelt senior Greg Early already is the only area boy or girl to qualify for the Millrose Games high school 1,500 meters. He went out comfortably in the 1,500, going through the quarter in fourth place in 58 seconds and taking the lead a lap later. Looking back once, he left the rest of the field behind when he took a quick 50-yard lead, winning in 4 minutes 8.1 seconds. Early later won the 3,000 meters in 8:57.9 to become the meet's only double-winner.
Friendly senior Gerard Williams often does as many as three run-throughs for every attempt he makes in the high jump, saying that happens when he starts thinking about things. Yesterday, he won his second major title of the season on misses, beating Woodlawn senior Jerry Roney at 6-6.
Oxon Hill sophomore Melanie Blackless, a straight-A student in the school's science and technology program, led a close final in the 55-meter dash, but just barely. She finished in 7.2 to beat Einstein's Ayana Harris and Central's Sheree Bearden, each of whom had 7.3.
Thomas Johnson senior Todd Steele said all he wanted was to make it to the final of the boys dash, since it was his first major meet of the season. After clocking 6.4 in the semifinals, he found himself in the middle lane and seeded first for the final. He overcame a poor start that forced him to chase the field for the first 20 meters before winning by a step and a half in a personal-best 6.3. Meade's Derrick Love was second in 6.4.