Southern senior Andrew Peresta has some advice from sprinting legend Carl Lewis to thank for his wins in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles at yesterday's Jaguar Invitational at C.H. Flowers.

Peresta matched up in both events against Suitland senior Deyon Williams, the reigning Maryland 4A champion in the 300 hurdles. However, Peresta, who won last year's Class 2A championship in the 400 dash, did not dwell on the competition as he captured the 110 in 14.55 seconds and the 400 in 55.70.

"We went to a clinic at the Nike Indoor [Championships] last month, and Carl Lewis said, {grv}'No matter what, focus on your own race,' " said Peresta, who tripped over the final hurdle in the 400 hurdles at last year's meet. "I knew [Williams] was a state champion, but I had to pay attention to my own race."

Williams was second in the 110 (14.62) and third in the 400 (57.80) after runner-up Keith Anderson (57.42) of High Point. He also won the high jump, clearing 6 feet 4 inches.

Peresta was runner-up in the 2A/1A championship 55 hurdles despite running the fastest preliminary (7.50), and also was runner-up (40.47) at last year's state meet in the 300 hurdles for the 2A champions. As a natural 400 runner, however, this is his first year running the 110, so he watched Williams in the preliminaries in that event.

"I knew he didn't get out of the blocks [in the 110] but he was almost flawless over the hurdles, so I knew I had to just explode out," Peresta said.

Bullis's Rashaad Woodard doubled in the 100 (10.85) and 200 (22.05). The senior, who earned all-American honors in the 60 at the Nike Indoor Championships, is gearing up in an attempt to qualify for the U.S. junior world team that will compete in Barbados this summer.

Carroll's 4x800 (Bardell Brown, Derrick Brinkley, Mike Thomas, Randy Lee) got a final tuneup for next weekend's Penn Relays, winning in 8 minutes 6.10 seconds over C.H. Flowers (8:12.55). Lee also won the 400 in 48.96 after surviving a charge around the final turn from runner-up C.H. Flowers's Daryl Young (49.19). Brinkley cruised to victory in the 800 (1:58.64).

C.H. Flowers's 4x400 (Young, Afolabi Aromire, Eric Lawson and Kevin Davis) won by five-hundredths of a second as Davis, a freshman, fought down the homestretch on the anchor leg with Mergenthaler, who overcame a 30-meter gap on the backstretch.

Atholton senior Lindsay Grigoriev won the shot put (44-11/2) and the discus (141-5); Southern's Ashley Riggs was second in both events. Bowie senior Leif Crago also doubled in the discus (162-8) and shot put (55-1).

C.H. Flowers junior Tiffany Nesfield, the 4A/3A state hurdle champion, won the 100 hurdles (14.29) and 400 hurdles (1:04.10).