Georgetown junior Cyril Mowatt, an IC4A champion and record-holder in the triple jump, is less than six inches away from qualifying for the Olympic trials. A postseason berth for William and Mary junior hurdler Dave Howland was an unrealistic consideration until this year. But when the two met yesterday in the 440-yard dash in the Georgetown Open at Episcopal High School, Howland won their heat by a lean.
It was that type of meet.
Four area teams, James Madison, Maryland, Georgetown and William and Mary, met in a low-key competition, most bringing their developing athletes with a few of the big guns competing for "a workout."
Relay duty was the extent of the participation for a couple of Georgetown's better-known runners. Sophomore John Trautman, who has run the third-fastest 1,500 meters by a U.S. junior, and senior Jim Grelle, an indoor all-America last year, joined Ashley Ward and Ethan Frey to qualify for the IC4A in the distance medley (10:05.5).
Ward also won the open 440 (50.5). His name peppers the Georgetown record books in the sprints but he quit last spring, a case of burnout.
He said he missed the track routine and rejoined the team last month, attributing his sharpness now to the layoff. Like many of his teammates, Ward is an Olympic hopeful.
But the majority of yesterday's competition was a showcase for future stars. One of the smallest athletes, 5-foot-6 Adolph Brown of William and Mary, was, for an instant, the tallest man in the arena. He won the pole vault by nearly a foot at 15 feet 4, qualifying for the IC4A meet.
Georgetown freshman Mark McConnon, the Minnesota high school mile champion, caught William and Mary's Tom St. Germain on the mile's gun lap and outsprinted teammate Pete Sherry. McConnon won by a lean in 4:21.7.
Howland won the 60-yard hurdles by a large margin in 7.5, about .2 off the IC4A qualifying time, and teammate Gary Doyle made the cutoff in the high jump, winning in 6-9 1/2.