Calvert Hall boys finish job, Remeto, Ford lead McDonogh girls team to second straight title

May 16, 1999|By Bo Smolka | Bo Smolka,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Calvert Hall sprinter Alan McDavid's performance in the 400-meter relay summed up the Cardinals' effort yesterday at the Maryland Private School State Championships at McDonogh.

Trailing by 7 meters when he took the baton, McDavid blazed home as the anchor and edged runner-up McDonogh at the wire to win in 44.2 seconds.

In much the same way, the Cardinals overcame an early deficit -- created in part by McDavid's disqualification in the 100 -- to win the boys championship.

The top-ranked Cardinals won five individual events and one relay en route to 106.5 points. Carroll County's Bowling Brook Prep finished second with 95, and Mount St. Joseph placed third with 87.

In the girls meet, Kacie Remeto swept the 800 and 1,600 and Jen Ford was involved in four wins as McDonogh won its second straight state private school title.

The Eagles amassed 130 points, with John Carroll (96) second and Archbishop Spalding (75) third.

McDavid's dramatic finish in the 400 relay was his third championship of the day.

He also won the 200 and 400 and might have swept all three sprints -- as he did last week at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships. But he false-started in the trials of the 100 dash, in which he was ranked first.

"I wasn't worried [after the false start]," McDavid said. "I knew I could win the 200 and 400."

McDavid's performance in the 400 relay was a virtual rerun of the MIAA meet last weekend, when he rallied to win at the wire.

In the girls meet, Remeto needed no late rally to beat her rival, Kelly Zuknick, of Spalding, in a highly anticipated 1,600 race. Remeto led the whole way, winning in 5-minutes, 11.3 seconds, a meet record.

"The first half-mile was kind of slow," Remeto said. "I knew I had to pick it up the second half, and luckily I did."

Remeto and Zuknick dueled again in the 800. Remeto surrendered the lead early in the second lap but overtook Zuknick with 200 meters to go and won in 2: 23.2.

Zuknick was a double-winner, as she breezed to the 3,200 title (11: 47.3) by 17 seconds, and anchored Spalding's victorious 1,600 relay.

Remeto was far from the only star for McDonogh. Ford won the 100 high hurdles in 15.8 and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 48.5 and ran on McDonogh's victorious 400 and 800 relays. Chantel Lattimer swept the 100 (12.3) and 200 (25.5) for the Eagles.

John Carroll finished second in the girls meet on the strength of Kim Pirisino. The senior set a meet record in winning the shot put (35 feet) and also won the discus (93-11), triple jump (33-8.5) and finished second in the long jump.

The meet's scariest moment came in the third heat of the boys' 400. Vince Weathers of Bowling Brook stumbled, fell, and lay motionless on the track for several seconds. He was eventually helped from the track with a right-knee injury.

Weathers left the stadium on crutches but not before stepping forward to accept the second-place trophy for the Thoroughbreds.

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