Catholic schools competing in new league MIAA's top trio sees Gilman as threatening

scoring system revised

Indoor track preview

December 11, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Last season, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association jumped on the bandwagon and crowned its first indoor track champion.

This year, it's the Catholic League.

After competing in an unsanctioned private-school league last winter, six Baltimore-area private schools and Archbishop Spalding of Anne Arundel County will get together with MIAA boys teams on Feb. 21 at Essex Community College to determine who will wear the inaugural Catholic League crown.

Mount de Sales edged Catholic in last year's Baltimore Private School Championships, and the two schools appear to be in for another season-ending showdown.

Here's a look at the leagues:

MIAA competitors

Mount St. Joseph and Calvert Hall have the numbers, Archbishop Curley has the stars, and none of the three is counting out Gilman in the race for the MIAA indoor championship.

The league, which has only three regular-season meets, revamped its scoring system and will award the dual-meet title to the team that accumulates the most points in the three meets.

Curley won last year's MIAA indoor dual-meet title before bowing to Mount St. Joseph in the Individual Championships at Essex Community College.

Wayne Brown, defending league champ in the 55-meter dash, is back for Curley and is in position to become a four-year gold medal winner.

"Wayne is a real bona fide star," said Friars coach Gene Hoffman. "He and [Mervo's] Tyree Byron are probably the two best athletes around."

Brown should get scoring help from the Friars' "other two stars," shot-putter Brandon Dantoni and versatile Adam Kolb.

"With the talent we have and the league only having nine events, we should be OK," said Hoffman.

Mount St. Joseph's biggest problem this season will be finding uniforms to fit the 120 guys who came out for the team.

"If we have any chance of winning it, it will be with our depth," dTC said Gaels coach Gene Constantine, whose team defends its championship meet title on Feb. 21 at Essex CC.

Senior co-captains Joseph Brent (high jump) and Chaz Brown lead a senior-laden sprinting corps that includes Andre Reid, Rasaan Guidry and Alex Woodcock.

Calvert Hall lost only two members from last season's team and returns a strong trio of distance runners in Joe Bryson, Jed McCormick and Aaron Johnson.

Representing the Cards in shorter races and field events will be Uzoma Nwadike, Alan McDavid and T.J. Welsh (sprints, hurdles and high jump) and John Desi and Jimmy Stewart (shot-put).

Loyola will be led by All-Metro cross country runners Chris Knott and P.J. Prosser in the distance events, and Bryan Brice and Josh Rodriguez will toe the line for the Dons in the sprints and sprint relays.

Gilman has Jack Linehan, the MIAA outdoor champ in the 400, and Landis Kaufman, who ran with Linehan on the Greyhounds' league-champion 1,600 relay, back, along with Felix Isuk, the defending shot-put champ.

"We're young, but we'll be competitive," said Gilman coach Johnnie Foreman. "Mount St. Joe is pretty well stocked, but we'll be there."

McDonogh still doesn't consider indoor track a varsity boys sport, but that won't stop sophomore sprinter Packy Bydume, pole vaulter Babak Tabatabai and distance runner Brandon Cole from chasing after some of the league titles.

Catholic League

Mount de Sales coach Sean Moran labels indoor track as a "down season" for the Sailors, who put their main focus on cross country and outdoor track.

Despite that approach, the Sailors are still the early favorite in the league race. The team is built around distance runners Jenn Aversa, Rose O'Neill, Colleen McGarvey; Amy Miller and Terrill Hosford, all of whom played a role in Mount de Sales sharing the region's No. 1 cross country ranking.

"It all depends on how well our sprinters come along," said Moran, referring to young hopefuls Jen Maguire and Sasha Deptula. "Most of our non-distance people are freshmen and sophomores with no experience so a lot depends on how quickly they learn and develop."

Catholic appears to have every event covered but the high jump, thanks to "a bunch of soccer players" who decided to join the team. Beth Frey, defending champ in the 300 and mile-relay, returns along with shot-putter Kim Zakrzwski, sprinter Natalie Boulware and Kelly Hill (distance).

McDonogh's fate rests on the shoulders and legs of freshmen Kacie Remeto and Chanel Lattimer. Remeto is coming off a cross country season which saw her named first team All-Metro. Lattimer, a ninth-grader who coach Jeff Sanborn predicts "will be a force," will run the sprints for the Eagles.

Senior Beth Hurtt is expected to run the middle distances for McDonogh's "club" team and senior Christine Hufenbecher, a German exchange student, will fill in for the Eagles in the sprints and hurdles.

Pub Date: 12/11/97

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