Balanced St. Joe takes first MIAA championship Ballarina's leap clinches girls title for Mt. de Sales

Indoor track

February 22, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Told that Mount St. Joseph outscored his team 44-1 in the field events at yesterday's inaugural Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships, Archbishop Curley coach Gene Hoffman shrugged and said, "Hey, that's why they call it track and field. You have to do well in both."

The Gaels did, holding off Curley 97-71. And so did Mount de Sales' girls team, which staved off upstart Catholic, 90-87 1/4 , to claim the inaugural Private School Championship at Essex Community College.

"What really helped us is that we found a high jumper," said Mount de Sales coach Sean Moran, referring to junior Julia Kiehl. "She had only done the event one other time before, but she's a ballerina, and I said, 'Look, if you can do ballet, you can do this.' "

Kiehl's second-place finish in the high jump gave the Sailors eight points they weren't expecting, and those points proved to be the difference.

In the boys competition, leading the way for the Gaels were Joseph Brent and Jake Miller, who finished first in the high jump and the pole vault, respectively.

Ricky Frazier helped the Gaels' championship effort by finishing second in the high jump and Mark Shimpko chipped in with a third-place finish in the pole vault.

"We knew we were good. It was just a matter of putting it together and everybody peaking," said Mount St. Joe coach Gene Constantine, whose team picked up 18 in the high jump, 16 in the pole vault and 10 in the shot put. "The whole idea of our season was to peak for this meet."

Curley, which won the first MIAA regular-season indoor title, got a big day from Adam Siripoonsup. Siripoonsup won the 60, 300 and 600-meter dashes and was a member of the Friars' winning 4 x 264 relay.

Alex Taylor and Wayne Brown did what they could to help the Friars stay in contention for the title. Taylor, an All-Metro cross country runner, captured first in the mile and 2-mile runs; Brown chipped in 10 points by winning the 60 dash.

For someone who had never competed in an indoor track meet, McDonogh's Shani Moore sure seemed to be in her element. Moore, who spent the winter helping McDonogh's girls basketball team win the Association of Independent Schools championship, took first in the 60 dash, 60 hurdles and high jump (5 feet 4).

"I just wanted to do my best. I didn't have any expectations," said Moore, who will spend this spring competing for McDonogh outdoor track and field program and playing for the Chesapeake Hurricanes 15-and-over Amateur Athletic Union basketball team. "I love track. It felt good to come back."

Mount de Sales' talented distance crew dominated the longer races. Rose O'Neill and Amy Miller finished 1-2 for the Sailors in the 2-mile run and O'Neill and Terrill Hosford finished, second and third, respectively, in the girls' mile run.

Spalding finished third in the girls team competition, thanks to Kelly Zuknick's victory in the mile.

Pub Date: 2/22/97

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