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Source: The Charlotte Observer, Saturday - Apr. 13, 1991|
Allen still watching Queen City Relays
The year was 1955. Eisenhower was president. The old Brooklyn Dodgers finally beat their old nemesis, the New York Yankees, in the World Series, and Stuart Allen, who'd eventually approach legendary status, came to Charlotte to coach football and track at Myers Park High.
Over the next 16 years, Allen coached the Mustangs' track teams to 11 state championships. He resurrected the Queen City Relays, which had virtually died when officials at the old Central High decided to drop the relays.
This morning at 9 at the Myers Park track, the 35th annual Queen City Relays will begin with 50 boys and girls track teams entered from more than 30 high schools in the Carolinas. And Allen, a grandfather now retired from high schools and track and everything else, will be in the stands watching.
The most valuable athlete at today's games will receive the Stuart Allen Award and on Sunday, several of Allen's old athletes will honor him with a special luncheon held, appropriately, on Allen's old track. (All former Myers Park athletes are invited. For information, call Nick Karres at xxx-xxxx).
"He was just a great coach," said Karres, a 1967 Myers Park graduate.
Karres, admittedly was an average shot putter and discus thrower. Plenty of guys were stronger, had better technique, but somehow, some way, Allen pushed Karres to two discus state championships.
TO YOUR MARK
Myers Park High coach Richard Prince feels that this year's Queen City field is one of the strongest ever. Field and running events begin at 9 a.m. Running finals start at 1 p.m. Admission is $3. Here's a look at some of the top runners:
- Dave Adair, Garinger High -
- Brian Ellis, North Rowan High -
- Reggie Barnes-Smith, North Rowan High -
- Kala Boulware, Spring Valley (S.C.) -
Sunday - April 14, 1991:
By Herb White - Special Correspondent
For West Charlotte sprinter Tarsha Bess, there's no better motivation than watching people rush by her.
When it happened Saturday at the Queen City Relays at Myers Park, the senior took it seriously, coming back from a slow start win the girls 100 meters with a time of 12.3 seconds.
"My start was pretty good, but I just didn't pump my arms," Bess said. "Then something just clicked in my head that I wasn't going to lose this race."
Bess' legs responded to the challenge, passing North Forsyth's Monique Wilkins to defend the title she won last year with a meet-record of 11.7. The only disappointment was that Bess didn't lower the standard. The chilly weather had as much to do with that as the slow start.
The athletes, representing 30 schools from the Carolinas, had to compete against the elements as well as each other. Early-morning rains made the track treacherous.
"That's one of my greatest concerns," Bess said. "I didn't want to pull anything, so I just wanted to get the win."
Kala Boulware of Spring Valley (S.C.) and Darius Brewington of High Point Andrews were named outstanding athletes of the relays.
Boulware, a nationally ranked distance runner, scored decisive wins in the 3,200 meters and 3,200 relay. Her time of 11 minutes 31 seconds in the 3,200 was 22 seconds better than second-place Ami Herrman of Providence. Boulware anchored Spring Valley's 3,200 relay team to a clocking of 10:09 to outdistance East Mecklenburg's 10:12.
Brewington was a close second in the boys' 100 to Terrance Scott of Spring Valley, losing out in a last-ditch lean at the finish. Brewington finished with a time of 10.6, one-tenth slower than Scott's 10.5. Brewington anchored three victorious relay teams, however, capping Andrews' wins in the 400, 800 and 1,600 meters.
Raham Mateen of Greensboro Smith won the girls long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 1 inch and high jump at 5-4. Eddie Robertson of T.W. Andrews and Mark carter of A.L. Brown dominated the strength events, with Carter taking the discus with a toss of 173 feet and third in the shot put with 50.5 feet. Robertson won the shot at 56-3 and took third in the discus with a toll of 158-5.
RESULTS (hand timing)
BOYS Shot Put 1. Eddie Robertson, High Point T.W. Andrews 56-3 2. Terran Clinton, High Point T.W. Andrews 53-9 3. Mark Carter, Kannapolis A.L. Brown 50-0.5 Discus 1. Mark Carter, Kannapolis A.L. Brown 173-0 2. Sean Boyd, Gastonia Ashbrook 162-2 3. Eddie Robinson, High Point T.W. Andrews 158-5 Long Jump 1. Brian Ellis, North Rowan 22-10.5 2. Lethon Flowers, Spring Valley (SC) 21-9.75 3. Duane Hill, High Point TW Andrews 21-0.75 Triple Jump 1. Robert Johnson, Morganton Freedom 45-7 2. Rod McDougald, Richmond County 43-1.5 3. Rodney Pearson, Morganton Freedom 42-8.5 High Jump 1. Quincy Kins, North Rowan 6-2 2. Michael Gill, North Mecklenburg 6-2 3. Bernard Wright, Gastonia Ashbrook 6-2 Pole Vault 1. Jamie Harbison, Morganton Freedom 12-6 2. Richard Kratz, Gastonia Ashbrook 12-6 3. Shannon Pope, High Point T.W. Andrews 12-0 3200 1. Bryan Zmijewski, Monroe Sun Valley 9:41 2. Ryan Squires, Charlotte Myers Park 9:48 3. Mark Hill, Monroe Sun Valley 9:49 100 1. Terrance Scott, Spring Valley (SC) 10.5 2. Darius Brewington, High Point T.W. Andrews 10.6 3. Montell Stokes, North Rowan 10.7 300 Hurdles 1. Danny Grant, Kannapolis A.L. Brown 40.9 2. Leonard Williams, Greensboro Ben L. Smith 41.0 3. Clavon Stitt, Charlotte Providence 41.2 4x800 1. Rock Hill (SC) 8:25.6 2. East Mecklenburg 8:25.6 3. Richmond County 8:31.9 Shuttle Hurdle Relay 1. Richmond County 59.1 2. Charlotte Harding 60.1 3. Rock Hill (SC) 60.2 4x100 1. High Point T.W. Andrews 42.2 2. Spring Valley (SC) 42.8 3. North Rowan 42.8 4x400 1. High Point T.W. Andrews 3:23.5 2. Richmond County 3:28.3 3. Charlotte Providence 3:31.8 Distance Medley 1. Rock Hill (SC) 11:00.4 2. East Mecklenburg 11:02.3 3. Spring Valley (SC) 11:18.4 4x200 1. High Point T.W. Andrews 1:28.3 2. Charlotte Garinger 1:29.0 3. Spring Valley (SC) 1:30.7 Sprint Medley Relay 1. North Mecklenburg 3:49.0 2. High Point T.W. Andrews 3:49.3 3. Rock Hill (SC) 3:51.0
GIRLS Shot Put 1. Tracey Randolph, Spring Valley (SC) 34-10 2. Laron Talbert, Spring Valley (SC) 33-4 3. Tanisha Parrish, Charlotte Garinger 32-2 Discus 1. Tracy Hoback, North Mecklenburg 110-10 2. Christine McQueen, Rock Hill Northwestern (SC) 109-6 3. Elizabeth Harrison, Monroe Sun Valley 104-4 Long Jump 1. Raham Mateen, Greensboro Ben L. Smith 17-1 2. Grace Crawford, East Mecklenburg 16-1 3. Rhonda Hunter, Kannapolis A.L. Brown 15-10 Triple Jump 1. Wynvonia Hamilton, Albemarle 33-4 2. Rhonda Hunter, Kannapolis A.L. Brown 33-1 3. Lavonia Brown, Kannapolis A.L. Brown 32-5.5 High Jump 1. Raham Mateen, Greensboro Ben L. Smith 5-4 2. Halima Haith, Greensboro Ben L. Smith 5-0 3. Shairee Young, North Mecklenburg 4-10 3200 1. Kala Boulware, Spring Valley (SC) 11:31 2. Ami Herrman, Charlotte Providence 11:53 3. Lisa Barrington, Monroe Sun Valley 11:59 100 1. Tarsha Bess, West Charlotte 12.3 2. Monique Wilkins, North Forsyth 12.5 3. Juanita Williams, Spring Valley (SC) 12.9 300 Hurdles 1. Yohanna Chavis, Charlotte Myers Park 48.0 2. Chloe Williams, Spring Valley (SC) 48.7 3. Wynvonia Hamilton, Albemarle 50.5 4x800 1. Spring Valley (SC) 10:09 2. East Mecklenburg 10:12 3. Rock Hill Northwestern (SC) 10:53 Shuttle Hurdle Relay 1. Charlotte Myers Park 1:13.3 2. Charlotte Harding 1:15.8 3. East Mecklenburg 1:16.4 4x100 1. Spring Valley (SC) 50.4 2. Kannapolis A.L. Brown 52.3 3. Rock Hill Northwestern (SC) 52.4 4x400 1. Greensboro Ben L. Smith 4:02.0 2. Spring Valley (SC) 4:11.0 3. East Mecklenburg 4:11.2 Distance Medley 1. Spring Valley (SC) 13:15.2 2. Monroe Sun Valley 13:36.9 3. East Mecklenburg 13:47.8 4x200 1. Greensboro Ben L. Smith 1:46.1 2. Spring Valley (SC) 1:47.2 3. East Mecklenburg 1:48.7 Sprint Medley (100-200-300-400) 1. Spring Valley (SC) 2:32.4 2. Rock Hill (SC) 2:32.7 3. West Charlotte 2:38.3
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