Mt. St. Joe, Catholic secure titles Gaels win season finale

2nd-place does it for Cubs

Indoor track

January 25, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Having split the first two league meets with Calvert Hall, top-ranked Mount St. Joseph went into yesterday's final MIAA group meet at Essex Community College knowing it needed a victory to nail down the regular-season title.

The Catholic Cubs traveled to Essex knowing they needed at least a top-three finish to claim the Catholic League's first official indoor title.

Missions accomplished.

Seniors Shaz Brown, Joe Brent and Andre Reid, a trio that Gaels coach Gene Constantine calls the "heart and soul of the team," picked up the bulk of the team's 112 1/2 points. Calvert Hall got strong efforts from two-mile champion Jed McCormick and Joe Bryson, who won the mile run in 4 minutes, 41.6 seconds, before settling for second with 98 1/2 .

Brown, who recently accepted a football scholarship to Villanova, helped the Gaels' cause by winning the 300-meter dash in 34.7 seconds and finishing second in the 60 dash (6.5), one spot ahead of Reid (6.6). Brent contributed by clearing 6 feet to win the high jump and finishing third in the 60 hurdles.

"There's not that much distance between us and Calvert Hall, it all came down to the fact that our people really stepped up today," said Constantine. "I still stand on my opinion that we're the top two teams around. We've seen everybody and I still haven't seen anybody that can beat either one of us.

"We've had a successful season. We've been all over Pennsylvania, Delaware and everywhere else and my guys take it seriously."

McDonogh, a team that finished fourth and fifth in the first two Catholic League meets, looked serious as they pulled off a surprising victory in the season finale. But even the Eagles' 69-68 1/2 win over Catholic wasn't enough to deny the Cubs the league title.

"I figured McDonogh would move up some but they did a lot better than I thought. We weren't expecting that," said Catholic coach Rob Torres, who must now prepare his team for the league championship meet on Feb. 20. "I was looking for Mount de Sales but McDonogh showed that they have some phenomenal athletes. They are going to be the one to beat when Shani Moore [who plays basketball in the winter] comes back."

Beth Hurtt led the way for McDonogh by winning the high jump and 60 hurdles and finishing third in the shot put.

Kacie Remeto took first in the mile for the Eagles and teammate Chanel Lattimer finished in a tie for first with Bryn Mawr's Miles Whitman in the 300 dash (40.5).

Kelly Zuknick helped Spalding's up-and-coming program finish fourth with a victory in the two-mile run and a runner-up finish in the mile.

Spalding's boys contingent was well represented by Mark Cunningham. Cunningham won the 600 dash in 1: 15.1 and was fifth in the mile.

Wayne Brown of Curley was the only double champion on the boys side, winning the 60 dash in 6.5 and the 60 hurdles in 7.6.

Felix Isuk's victory in the shot put (49-8 3/4 ) and runner-up efforts by Jack Linehan (300 dash) and Sina Ekundato (60 hurdles) enabled Gilman to lock up third-place.

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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