1,600 duels to highlight meets at Poly

MIAA, Catholic events feature mile showdowns


The mile, once the glamour event of track and field, is making a comeback. Big time.

At least that's the situation in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (boys) and Catholic League (girls) championships, which conclude on Poly's track tomorrow, with field events starting at 10 a.m. and running at noon.

While Chris Knott and Aaron Johnson, rivals from Loyola and Calvert Hall, respectively, are settling their differences over 1,600 meters, the long-awaited rematch of McDonogh's Kacie Remeto and Archbishop Spalding's Kelly Zuknick probably deserves top billing.

Zuknick prepped for her 1,600-800 double against Remeto yesterday by cruising to victory in the 3,200, one of four finals contested by the girls.

As if anyone's appetite for tomorrow's showdowns needed whetting, Remeto and Zuknick ran nearly as one in an 800 semifinal before the former prevailed by a stride.

Other Catholic League individual champions included McDonogh's Christine Johnson in the long jump, Mount de Sales' Megan Cavanaugh in the discus and Notre Dame Prep's 3,200 relay quartet.

McDonogh leads the girls competition with 28 points, followed by Spalding's 24, Mount de Sales's 22 and regular-season champion Catholic High's 21.

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Knott gave Loyola a flying start in the 3,200 by leading every step of the way and posting a 9: 39.4 time, 60 yards ahead of the field.

Meanwhile, Johnson, in addition to running an 800 qualifier, dipped well under 2 minutes while anchoring Calvert Hall's 3,200 relay squad to a smashing 8: 05.3 victory. His running mates were Jon Lever, Nick Capan and Tim Knapp, who assured victory by making up a 40-meter deficit and handing Johnson a lead.

Mount St. Joseph, which assumed a first-day lead in the team competition with 37 points to Loyola's 24 and Calvert Hall's 15, scored big in the high jump with Glenn Littlefield and Nick Wright going 1-2 on efforts of 6 feet, 4 inches and 6-0, respectively.

The Gaels probably would have gone 1-2-3 in the event but had lost 6-2 jumper Derrick Levroney to an injury in a recent traffic accident.

Pub Date: 5/07/99

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