2005 Individual Boys? High School Preview

Carlos Mattis (Kingston College H.S., Jamaica) is trying for Penn Relays history in the boys' triple jump, hoping to become the first four-time winner of a high school boys' event. He has the best mark for the current season, 49-9 1/4, 2 inches better than fellow Jamaican Ryan Taylor (Calabar).

Two girls are four-time winners of high school events:

* Nicole Sims (Plainfield NJ), shot put 1990-93

* Carol Lewis (Willingboro NJ), long jump (1978-1981)

The boys' long jump will be a rematch of last year, when Dennis Boone (Thomas Dale, Chester, Va.) defeated Alain Bailey (Kingston College) 23-6 1/4 to 22-11 1/4. Both have had distinguished 2005 seasons. Boone was the nation's leading jumper indoors, going 24-9 3/4, while Bailey jumped 25-10 1/4. The Relays record is 25-2 3/4.

Markino Buckley (St. Jago), 2004 runnerup, is one of four top Jamaican entries in the 400 hurdles. Josef Robertson (Calabar) was Boys' Champs winner this year, 51.17, while Buckley has run 52.06, Sheldon Wilkinson (St. Jago) 52.77 and Romel Lewis (Holmwood Tech) 52.79.

Dan McManamon, a member of last year's winning DMR from Shenendehowa (Clifton Park NY) , moves up from 3 laps to 4 this year, by entering the boys' mile. McManamon, a junior, won the National Scholastic indoor in March in 4:13.44

He will be challenged by Bryan Scotland (St. Benedict's Prep, Newark NJ), 4:14.35; Kevin Tshirhart (Northport, NY), 4:12.69 in '04, and Sandy Roberts (Broughton, Raleigh NC), who ran 9:03.44 in the 2-mile at the Arcadia Invitational in California this month.

The top entrant in the 3k is Steve Murdock (Saratoga Springs NY), who has run 9:11.40 for 2 miles.

In the remaining field events:

Discus -- Ryan Whiting (Central Dauphin, Harrisburg Pa) has thrown 199-7. Whiting, the nation's leading shot putter this winter, is passing up that event. A year ago at the Relays, he no-marked in the shot.

Shot put -- John Hickey (Tappan Zee, NY) has put 64-4.

Javelin -- Chad Radgowski (South Park, Pa) 213-8

Pole vault -- Brian Duggan (Monsignor Farrell, Staten Island, NY) has cleared 16-2, Eric Sparks (Hickory, Heritage Pa) 16-0. The last NYC winner of the event was Greg Farah, Brooklyn Tech, 13-6 in 1965.

High jump -- Juan Cave (St. Joseph's Prep, Philadelphia), who has gone 6-10 3/4, was 2nd last year. He will face 7-foot jumpers Ryan Fritz (Octorara, Atglen, Pa.) and James Blocker (August Martin, Queens NY). The last NYC of THIS event was Bill Jankunis (New Dorp, SI) in 1974.

~Written by Jack Pfeifer