Michelle Palmer of Theodore Roosevelt recorded the fastest hand-timed girls 55-meter dash in the area this season, winning the event in the Interhigh championships at the Starplex Armory yesterday in 7.09 seconds.

Tasha Whitted of Ballou finished second to Palmer in 7.19 and later set a meet record in the 300 (41.9).

"I wanted to get out of the blocks faster," said Palmer, who is a native of Jamaica.

"She got out on me in the blocks," admitted Whitted, who was ranked 32nd nationally in the 600 last year.

In addition to her 300-meter victory, Whitted won the 500 in 1:18.71. Palmer was second in the 300 in 42.95.

H.D. Woodson won the boys competition with 135 points, followed by Ballou (63) and Spingarn (54). Coolidge took the girls title with 123, followed by Roosevelt and H.D. Woodson, with 41 points apiece.

Coolidge's girls were led by Kwanza Jones, who won the 1,000 meters in 3:29.57, the 1,600 in 6:03.81 and the 3,200 in 12:57.45.

Kevin McKinley of Spingarn also was a triple winner, taking the boys 1,000 meters in 2:44.20, the 1,600 in 4:52.56 and the 3,200 in 10:13.28.

James Worthen of H.D. Woodson came from behind to win the 300 meters in 36.36 seconds.

Damien Russell of H.D. Woodson won the 55-meter dash in 6.52 seconds. His teammate, Jeffrey Taylor, won the 55 hurdes in 7.98.