Lattimer leads McDonogh romp over AIS-Catholic field Freshman fights injuries for victories in 4 events

May 24, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

McDonogh freshman Chanel Lattimer walked away from yesterday's Association of Independent Schools-Catholic League Track and Field Championships with a fist full of gold medals. That's good, because she may well need them to pay her medical bills.

Despite a bruised knee and twisted ankle, Lattimer won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs, and ran a leg on the winning 400 relay team, to earn co-most outstanding performer honors with teammate Katie Remeto as McDonogh cruised to the team title.

The Eagles took first place in 13 of 17 events, amassing 168 points to beat out Catholic (120), Bryn Mawr (71), Notre Dame Prep (58) and Archbishop Spalding (49) in the nine-team field.

For Lattimer, however, what on paper liked like the meet of her dreams in reality was anything but.

"It was the meet of my nightmares, maybe," said Lattimer, who said her times were slower than usual due to the injuries. "I'm just glad I was able to run."

On Friday, Lattimer bruised her left knee, leaving the joint slightly swollen. Then yesterday, she twisted an ankle while attempting to stop following her win in the 100.

Still, she proved invaluable to her team, which has dominated all season with a mix of young talent and veteran leadership.

"I think there's a nice blend between the young girls and a group tTC of four or five seniors who've been with us for four years," said Eagles coach Andy Gill, whose team was fresh off its victory in last week's Private Schools state meet. "They're kind of the balance."

The youth includes another freshman in Remeto -- who won the 1,600 and 3,200, and ran a leg on the winning 3,200 relay team -- and sophomore Anne Eder -- who won the 800. The veterans include seniors Beth Hurtt (high jump, triple jump), Cristina Hufenbecher (300 hurdles) and Amy Iager (discus), who each captured gold.

Junior Christine Johnson also added a win in the long jump, while another standout performer, high jumper Shani Moore, was out of town and unable to compete.

Runner-up Catholic won just one event -- the 800 relay -- but managed to rack up big points with its depth. The Cubs scored in all but three events, placing three in the top six in the 100 and 300 hurdles, triple jump and high jump.

Pub Date: 5/24/98

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