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Garinger's Top Cat Outfoxes 'Em All
Robert Easter of Garlnger (left) outfoxed the competition,
including John Cline of Myers Park, to win the N.C. 4A
1600 and 3200 meter races.
By Herbert L. White
THE CHARLOTTE POST
This is the way you wrap up
a high school track career.
Robert Easter, Garinger's
long-distance marvel, won
the 1600- and 3200 meter
races at the N.C. track and
field meet in Chapel Hill last
week. The senior won the
1600 with a time of 4:19.01
and the 3200 in 9:26.26.
'The last few weeks, I Just
put it together," he said. "I
really got focused about
three hours before the meet. I
just felt like a champ."
Easter's run capped a great
year, which saw him take the
4A cross-country champion
ship in the fall. Before the
state final, Easter finished
second to Myers Park's John
Cline in both races, which
raised some concern among
his coaches. But Easter fig
ured he could set up the field
by conserving his energy. It
worked, with two dominat
"My coach thought I
should've won (the Western
Regional), but I was scouting
the field," Easter said. "I no
ticed that John didn't have
his same kick. He usually
has a good back kick, but he
didn't have it."
Easter, who'll attend Brev
ard next year, saw his oppor
tunities early at Chapel Hill
and jumped on them. He
started quickly in the 1600,
overtaking the field and
Gpmes All The Rage
I don't like
der glass. But
have to be a
purist to like
year in Char
* * *
Take for example the are-
nh. Football, the real stuff,
should be played outside on
grass, like the frozen tundra
of Lambeau Field in Decem
ber. Arenaball isn't going to
get points there. The local
team, the Rage, plays in the
Charlotte Coliseum, a bas
ketball arena on its best
days. And it's really difficult
to grow grass there. But since
games are played during the
summer, air conditioning
sure comes in handy for
those who mind sweaty arm-
That's not to say indoor
football can't be fun. With its
penchant for rock and roll
music. Arena football is
loud, which is half the battle
when it comes to having a
good time in pro sports. If
you like R&B, country or ope
ra, forget it. That's why the
AFL's promoters call it Rock
& Roll football. All that
noise has to come from
somewhere, usually the
faithful who turned out last
year to see what the heck
kind of football this Arena
thing is. And wouldn't you
know, watching the patrons
is half the fun. It's almost
like going to a NASCAR race,
except football people dress
Of course, football draws a
cross-section of people, at
tracted to all those bodies
flying. Unlike the button-
down business types who fre-
q^uent Hornets games. Arena
fans are down-home types
v^ho love a slobbemocker of
a tackle as much as a 360-
(^egree reverse dunk. They're
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Arena Football crowds, especially Charlotte Rage supporters at the Charlotte Coliseum, make
Indoor football on carpets more colorful than button-down basketball fans. The Rage's first
home game is Friday at 8:10 p.m. against the Albany Firebirds.
sprinting to an easy win over
Cline. The same was true in
the 3200, where he figured
another quick start would
give him enough room at the
end. He gambled that Cline's
kick was still AWOL.
"It was just a little strate
gy," Easter said. "I thought he
wasn't going to have it be
cause he didn't have his kick.
I noticed it last week, but I
stayed behind him because I
usually go out in front and he
keeps pace with me. He's a
great runner, a great run
Easter was so far in front in
the finale, he was tempted to
look the field over. He held
off - until the last 200 me-
teres with the race in the
"That was great running. I
pretty much thought I had it
won, so I was thinking I'd
look back," he said. But I
waited until the end. I
worked on this all year."
True to form, Ben Huff of
Providence won the discus
with a state-record toss of
182 feet, breaking the old
mark of 172-5 set by Mike
Rodriguez of Garlnger In
1978. But that dominance
didn't rub off on the shot put,
where he finished second to
Mario McGrew of New Hano
ver. McGrew won with a best
of 57-4.75. Huffs best was 54-
Latasha Powell of Harding
finished third in the girls
shot put. Powell finished sec
ond in the state in '92.
This is the final listing of the best times and distances for
track and field athletes in the Tri-County and Southwestern
4A corferences through May 24. Special thanks to Nate Glenn
for his assistance in compiling the honor roll this season and
area coaches for their cooperation.
400 Relay: West Charlotte 43.0; Ashbrook 43.1 South Mecklenburg 43.4.
800 Relay: South Mecklenburg 1:29.3; Ashbrook 1:29.9; South Mecklenburg
1600 Relay: Myers Park 3:29.3; Providence 3:29.9; Olympic 3;38.0.
110 Hurdles; Belgle McCleland (WC) 14.5; Mankelth Woodard (South Meck
lenburg) 15.0; Freeman Hankerson (East Mecklenburg) 15.1.
300 Hurdles; Nate Davis (Olympic) 41.8; Guan Carey (Harding) 43.0; Dee
Woodard (S. Mecklenburg) 43.5
100 Meters; DeVane Dorsey, Independence 10.5; Mlcheal Brooks
(W.Charlotte) 10.8; Napoleon Brown (Ashbrook) 10.7.
200 Meters: Mlcheal Brooks (W.Charlotte) 22.1; Dale Aery (S. Mecklen
burg) 22.2; Aaron Fisher (Ashbrook) 22.3;.
4W) Meters: Courtney McMullen (S. Mecklenburg) 50.8; Chris Ross (Myers
Park) 50.8; Chris Brooks (W. Charlotte) 51.6
800 Meters: John Cline (Myers Park) 2:05.0; Speight (W. Charlotte) 2:07.3;
Floyd (Huss) 2:09.7 , , ,„ j >
1600; Robert Blaster (Garlnger) 4:19.01: Justin Nledzalac (Providence)
4:34.6; Mike Pryal (Ashbrook) 4;46.4.
3200 Meters: Robert Easter (Garlnger) 9:26.26; John Hooks (E. Mecklen
burg) 10:05.5; Neldzalac (ftxjvldence) 9:49.7
High Jump: Kyle Jenkins (S. Mecklenburg) 6-4; I^an Johnson (Olympic) 6-
2; Reggie Land [Myers Park) 6-2.
Long Jump: Chris Ross (Myers Park) 21-8; Veryl Caster (S. Mecklenburg
21-2; Guan Carey (Harding) 20-10.5.
Triple Jump: Veryl Caster (S. Mecklenburg) 43-9.75; Chris Ross (Myers
Park) 40-9.7^ Calvin Kermedy (W. Charlotte) 41-7.
Pole Vault: Kam Cobb (S. Mecklenburg) 13-6; Jeff Jones (Providence) 13-0;
Brian Holofchak (Myers Park) 12-0.
Discus: Ben Huff (Providence) 178-7; David Tant (Providence) 144-1; Ka-
reem Stinson (Garlnger) 139-8. _
Shot Put: Ben Huff (Providence) 56-4; Merrill Pfeiffer (Myers Park) 52-9;
Brad Morris (South Mecklenburg) 49-8.
3200 Relay: East Mecklenburg 8:12.2; Ashbrook 8:13; North Mecklenburg
(S. Mecklenburg) 25.8; Amanda Osborne
(Olympic) 1:01.3.; Amy Herrman (Providence)
(East MecklenDurg) 1:02.0
200 Meters: Jacqule Jackson
(Harding) 26.8; Sh^ta Person
400 Meters: Keva McMarmus
1:02.0; Natalie Delorde (Eastk ,, , ,
800 Meters: Amy Herrman (Providence) 2:22.0; Liz Wolff (Providence)
2:34.4; Ferrell Quinn (Independence) 2:36.5. , ,
1600 Meters: Amy Herman (Providence) 5:11.0; KeUy Wolff (Providence)
5:49.3; Keva McManus (Olympic) 5:53.0.
3200 Meters: Kelly Wolff (Providence) 12:55.0; Shontelle Jung
(E.Mecklenburg 12:209; Alexander (N. Mecklenburd 13:16.0.
300 Hurdles: Lakeeva Brooks (Olympic) 51.9: Dellsa Howard (E. Mecklen
burg) TO.O: Glandlna Dixon (HardlM 54.3.
100 Hurdles: Jermaine Pringle (E. Mecklenburg) 16.6; Dellsa Howard (E.
Lakeeva Brooks (Olympic) 17.6.
3200 Relay: Olympic 10:55.0; Providence 10:26.8; Myers Park 11:18.5.
800 Relay: Olympic 1:46.0; East Mecklenburg 1:51.0; South Mecklenburg
'400 Relay: South Mecklenburg 49.8; Garlnger 53.2; North Mecklenburg
1600 Relay; Olympic 4:08.4; South Mecklenburg 4:24.3; Myers Park 4:34.0.
Discus: Vonetta Gardener (Myers Park) 100^; Kim Richardson (South
Mecklenburg) 102-1; Shaim Nelson (East Mecklenburd 96-5
High Jump: Courtney Jones (N. Mecklenburg) 5-0; Lakeeva Brooks (Olym
pic) 4-8; Rachel Williams (E. Mecklenburg) 4-8.
Shot Put: Latasha Powell (Harding) 39-10;Klm Richardson (S. Mecklen
burg 35-5; Kelsha Clark (Garlnger) 32-10.
Long Jump: Jacquie Jackson (S. Mecklenburg) 16-5; Hawarl (N. Mecklen-
burg) 15-4; Rica Rush (Olympic) 15-0 ,, „
Triple Jump: Leslie Norris (N. Mecklenburg) 31-8; Nall (Ashbrook) 30-9;
Tera Sowell (Myers Park) 29-0.
100 Meters: Jacquie Jackson (S. Mecklenburg) 12.5; Shameka Fisher
Mecklenburg) 12.5; MelUsa Rikard (Myers Park) 12.8.
100 Hurdfes: Jermaine Pringle (E. Mecklenburg) 16.6; Dellsa Howard
Mecklenburg) 16.8; Lakeeva Brooks (Olympic) 17.6
3200 Relay: Olympic 10:55.0; Providence 10:26.8; Myers Park 11:18.5
800 Relay: Olympic 1:46.4; Blast Meek 1:15.0; South Meek 1:46.9
400 Relay: South Meek 49.8; Garlnger 53.2; North Meek 51.5
1600 Relay: Olympic 4:08.4; South Meek 4:24.3; Myers Park 4:34.0
House Richardson Would Build
^tadium Promises To Be
State Of The Art Facility
By Herbert L. White
lilE CHARLCriTE POST
The group hoping to bring professional foot
ball to the Carollnas feels it's one step closer
t(i realizing a dream.
Richardson Sports of Charlotte unveiled
pjans for a 72,300-seat stadium uptown
should the NFL grant a franchise to the area.
The league, which plans to set a price of up to
$200 million for two expansion teams, has
five suitors: Carollnas, Memphis, St. Louis,
Baltimore and Jacksonville, Fla.
'The Carollnas have all the pieces," said
Mark Richardson, general manager of Rich
ardson Sports. "We've shown the strength of
our market with three suc
cessful preseason games. We
have an ownership group that
not only has tremendous fi
nancial strength, but repre
sents some of the most re
spected business and civic
1 ^^ ^ leaders tn the Carollnas."
^ _ * The stadium is a state-of-
i the-art facility that is a little
* bigger than the 70,000 seats
originally planned in hopes
of landing a Super Bowl. It
would Include 8,300 club
seats, 102 luxury suites and 61,230 seats In
the upper and lower levels.
'We grew the stadium slightly in our efforts
to execute the kind of seating and access con
venience we wanted at each level," Richard
son said. "Since 70,000 is the minimum for
Super Bowl consideration, we didn't want it
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vBhat it hopes
will be the
new home of a
NFL team. The
league is ex-
pected to an
ies in the fall.