Strategy Spells Victory In Last Lap

Posted: January 23, 1989

Brian Devine of La Salle had been working diligently on his finishing kick the last few weeks in practice. On Saturday at an indoor meet at East Stroudsburg University, his work paid off.

In the Division I (larger schools) distance-medley relay, Devine - running the mile anchor leg - came from third to win the race for teammates Joe Hohenleitner, Greg Ryan and Dave Devine.

The Devines are twins and the sons of La Salle coach Pat Devine.

Central Bucks West (Greg Dattner, Steve Casale, Mike Petry and Todd Wiley) had a 10-yard lead going into the last leg, ahead of La Salle and Haverford.

For most of the next mile Devine rode the shoulder of the Fords' Josh D'Angelo.

"I wanted to stick right behind Josh. I know he's a good runner and would pull me through."

With a lap to go the pair had passed Wiley, and with half a lap left, Devine made his move.

"I have been working on my speed in practice, running a lot of 200 sprints. So I felt pretty confident and was able to pull away."

La Salle won in 11:16.7. Wiley passed a fading D'Angelo for second in 11:17.3.

Devine's split for the mile was 4:42.

"He ran a very competitive race," coach Devine said. "By running with Josh he took a lot of pressure off himself and put himself in a position to win."

In other Division I action, the Central Bucks East team of Chuck Holliday, Kevin Handy, Bryan Kane and Jim Dowling won the 2-mile relay in 8:32.3. St. Joseph's Prep was second in 8:34.9, and the William Tennent team of Dave Bromiley, Rick Hontz, Raaj Amin and Mike Rosica was fourth in 8:42.8.

Also for Central Bucks East, Rodney Hogans, Matt Livingston, Matt Susco and Brian Callanan were third in the 880-yard relay in 1:40.1, and Hoang Tran was fourth in the 60-yard dash in 7.1 seconds.

La Salle's Frank Sistrunk was third in the 60-yard dash in 7.1 seconds, and the Explorers' Brian Waerig was fourth in the mile in 4:51.1.

Tennent's foursome of Troy Mitchell, Chris Cassidy, Jay Ruth and Chuck Ruchis was second in the mile relay in 3:36.7. Coatesville won in 3:35.5.

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In the Division II (smaller schools) meet, Wissahickon used some unusual strategy to win the 2-mile relay in 8:37.2.

Wayne Smith, the team's fastest half-miler, ran second. The strategy paid off when Smith took the baton from Glenn Malehorn and quickly opened up a lead that grew to more than 30 yards by the time he was finished.

That took the pressure off Matt Stull and Ryan Donovan, who coasted in for the win.

The Upper Dublin team of Dan Hitner, Jon Harris, Steve Dommeldinger and Andy Kuehner was second in 8:47.2.

In the pole vault, Upper Dublin's Kevin Lawlor won with a jump of 11 feet, 6 inches. Erik Siano of Westtown also cleared 11-6, but Lawlor won based on fewer misses.

On Jan. 14 the same two vaulters cleared 13-6, with the order of finish reversed.

"I had a lot of trouble concentrating," Lawlor said. "But I'm not too worried. This was only the second time I've jumped all year."

Also for the Cardinals, Keith Spencer, Dave Abee, Rohi Batra and Rodney Broaddus were third in the 880-yard relay in 1:39.2, and Dennis Joell was fourth in the high jump (5-8).

Wissahickon's Jaydeep Joshi was second in the high jump (5-10).

The shot put was a battle between Wissahickon's Darryl Williams and Cheltenham's Franklin Turner. Williams won at 50-3, and Turner took second at 49-0.

Also for Cheltenham, Bill Martin was fourth in the 1,000-yard run (2:28.6).

In the distance medley relay, the Hatboro-Horsham team of Mike Roynan, Brian Sgro, Brian Benninghoff and Dave Weiss led from start to finish, winning in 11:07.9. Glen Mills was second in 11:26.7.

In the 60-yard dash, Dwight Shirley of Plymouth-Whitemarsh was second in 6.7 seconds, and teammate Jim Bodine was third in the 2-mile in 10:21.8.

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