WEST SPRINGFIELD THROWER NICK WELIHOZKY'S FINISH IN THE HAMMER EVENT OF THE FOOT LOCKER OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS WAS REPORTED INCORRECTLY IN YESTERDAY'S EDITIONS. WELIHOZKY FINISHED SECOND IN THE HAMMER. IN THE SAME REPORT, RICKEY HARRIS OF CENTREVILLE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LISTED AS FINISHING SECOND IN THE 400-METER HURDLES. (PUBLISHED 06/15/99)
Northwestern sprinter Dwight Thomas, in his first organized competition since March, ran off the rust in impressive fashion at the two-day Foot Locker outdoor track and field championships that wrapped up Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.
The junior, who missed most of the high school outdoor season because he was academically ineligible, won the 200-meter championship in 20.95 seconds. Earlier in the day, Thomas took second in the 100 (10.61) to James Shelton of Toomsubs, Miss., who clocked 10.43.
Northwestern's James Graham earned his third gold of the championships when he anchored the 4x400 relay team that ran to a meet record 3 minutes 13.33 seconds; Hylton finished fifth in the event in 3:14.74. Graham took first in the 400 intermediate hurdles, and also anchored the 4x800 relay team.
In other events, the Ballou 1,600-meter sprint medley team finished third, West Springfield's Nick Welihozkiy took fourth in the hammer throw, T.C. Williams was second in the boys 4x800 relay, Ricky Harris finished second in the 100 high hurdles and Potomac (Va.) was second in the boys 4x100 meter relay.
O'Connor Shines in West
Rather than joining her teammates and other Washington area athletes in Raleigh, All-Met Sharon O'Connor of Mount Vernon opted to travel to Sacramento, Calif., to compete at the Golden West Invitational.
In her final high school meet, O'Connor, who has committed to run at the University of Virginia, placed fourth in the 800 meters in a personal-best time of 2:10.57, fastest in the area this season. She also took fifth in the mile (4:57.67), making her the only runner to place in both events at the prestigious meet.
Vitielliss Beats Damascus
In American Legion action, All-Met pitcher and Baltimore Orioles draft pick Nick Vitielliss pitched visiting Chaney past Damascus Post 171 yesterday, 5-3. Chaney improved to 10-3 with its sixth straight win; Damascus dropped to 7-2.
"Vitielliss threw over 150 pitches and was still strong," Coach Bert Consuegra said. "But we really beat ourselves with four unearned runs. Hopefully that will turn around soon."
Post 171, the Maryland state runner-up the past two seasons, began its season two weeks ago, but only now are things coming together. Consuegra said having a full squad has been tough.
"[Yesterday] was the first game where I just had one guy missing," he said. "With beach week, proms and graduations, things don't start really coming together until right about now. It's a problem for every team."
Post 171 has players from Damascus, Seneca Valley and Sherwood high schools. Chaney's roster includes players from Thomas Stone, St. Mary's Ryken, Westlake and McDonough.
Special correspondent Kevin Callahan contributed to this report.