Oakland Mills All-Met junior Kyle Farmer came into tonight wondering if he would be as fast as he was before he tore his left hamstring during the summer season. In the first major indoor track and field meet of the season, he found out he was even faster.
Farmer tied the meet record in the 55 meters and matched his career best by clocking a time of 6.26 seconds at the 10th annual Pangaea International track and field meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
The 39-school meet also included 11 Russian exchange students from the city of Kazan. Archbishop Spalding was the the host school for the two-week exchange.
No team scores were kept for the meet.
"A lot of people said to run faster you have to have a setback," said Farmer. "I was actually real afraid [of indoor track] because of my injury, I thought I would drop a second or two."
Tonight marked the second time in a week Farmer has flirted with his career best. On Tuesday, he also ran a 6.26 here in a Howard County meet, but because that event was hand-timed, results were rounded up to the nearest tenth for official time and meet records.
Farmer, 16, gained 10 pounds of muscle through rehabilitation and was an integral part of the Oakland Mills boys soccer team. He had 15 goals and seven assists to help the Scorpions win the Maryland 1A state title.
"I had nothing to do with him until after two weeks of soccer season," Oakland Mills Coach Sam Singleton said. ". . . He's a lot stronger than last year, and he's really grown into his body."
Other impressive performances included that of River Hill All-Met junior Lee McDuff, who won the girls' 3,000 by 24 seconds in 11 minutes 3.15 seconds. Michael Styczynski, a senior at River Hill, won the boys event by more than 10 seconds, in 9:18.44.
In the most exciting race of the day, River Hill senior Steven Chu passed Russia's Anton Emorkov in the final five meters to win the 1,500, 4:17.2 to 4:17.5.
Sasha Gerontie was the lone winner for the Russian team, winning the 1,500 in 5:01.6.
Note: Four runners were timed at 6.3 seconds in the 55 meters--Perry Hall's Jim Banach, Paint Branch's Prentise Pollard, Carver's Bernard Williams and DuVal's Dwayne Vaughn.
CAPTION: Kyle Farmer of Oakland Mills, who is recovering from a torn hamstring, is on his way to winning the 55 meters.