Mount St. Joe sprints past Calvert Hall Frey, Catholic out-kick Mt. de Sales in girls meet

Indoor track

January 11, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Even though she had plenty of excuses to choose from, Calvert Hall coach Mary Bondyra refused to give any yesterday after watching her top-ranked Cardinals get knocked off their perch by No. 2 Mount St. Joseph in an MIAA league meet.

"This loss was probably the best thing that could have happened to this team," said Bondyra, while seated at the scorer's table at Essex Community College. "I'm sure this will make them mad."

The Cardinals' feathers were ruffled early in the meet when two of their runners -- and two others from Spalding -- were disqualified from the 600-meter run for failing to make it to the starting line in time for their heat. It resulted in a 25-point swing in favor of the Gaels, who went on to win, 134-107 1/3 .

Mount St. Joe would have won more convincingly had its pole vaulter, Matt Ruiz, not been disqualified for failing to wear a uniform.

Gaels coach Gene Constantine was happy to learn that the disqualifications had only effected the score and not the overall outcome. "Calvert Hall and us have two of the best teams around," he said. "Things just kind of went our way today. Tomorrow could be another story."

In the second Catholic League girls meet of the season, which was held in unison with the boys meet, No. 7 Catholic won the meet, just as it did the first. But the Cubs did not win as soundly as they did the first time.

Unranked Mount de Sales, which finished third behind No. 9 Bryn Mawr in the newly formed Catholic League's inaugural meet, made a run at Catholic but fell short, 74 1/2 -68.

"I knew Mount de Sales would be there. They always are," said Catholic coach Rob Torres, whose team won the first meet by 27 points. "They have some great athletes and so do we. Fortunately, everyone came through for us today."

Beth Frey led Catholic by finishing second in the 600 and third in the 300. Just seconds after running the 300, Frey and freshman Lindsay Polec were called on to run a leg of the 1,600 relay and their team's second-place finish proved the difference in the meet.

"Beth is our superstar and she is used to running 300 and the mile relay but Lindsay isn't," said Torres. "I pulled her aside after the 300 and told her we needed her in the relay to help us win and she ran great."

So did some others.

Spalding's Kelly Zuknick finished first in the two-mile run and was second to McDonogh freshman Kacie Remeto in the mile. McDonogh senior Beth Hurtt cleared 4 feet, 4 inches to win the high jump and later finished second in the 60 hurdles.

Jenn Aversa paced the second-place Sailors by winning the 600 and claiming third in the mile.

Pub Date: 1/11/98

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