In the final event of the final league meet, Calvert Hall left no doubt that the Cardinals reign supreme in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association this indoor season.
The Cardinals cruised to a 6.5-second win in the mile relay, to post a 123-116 victory over runner-up Mount St. Joe and clinch the MIAA indoor team title at CCBC-Essex.
Loyola, bolstered by a 1-2 finish in the mile, finished a distant third in yesterday's meet with 40 points.
Before this year, Mount St. Joe had lost just one league indoor meet in four years. But Calvert Hall swept all three meets this season.
As in the other two meets, Calvert Hall relied on its speed yesterday. The Cardinals won the 60, 300 and 600 events and swept all three relays. Mount St. Joe's won the 60-yard high hurdles, but Calvert Hall offset that by finishing 2-3-4.
Mount St. Joe held an 88-74 edge midway through the meet, but then Calvert Hall outscored the Gaels, 24-1, in the 300, with Alan McDavid leading a 1-2-3 Calvert Hall finish.
"Our strength is in the sprints and we were able to hold our own in the distance events," said Calvert Hall coach Mary Bondyra.
McDavid also took the 60-yard dash. The race did not quite resemble the five-way photo finish of the last meet, when the first five runners were clocked in 6.6 seconds. This time, McDavid and Mount St. Joe's Rusty Potee each was clocked in 6.5 seconds, and placement judges declared McDavid the winner.
Mount St. Joe's got a pair of wins from Nick Wright, in the 60 high hurdles and the high jump.
In the accompanying Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (girls) meet, Spalding won five events and piled up 107.5 points, nearly twice that of runner-up Mercy (54.5). That clinches the IAAM team indoor title for the Cavaliers, who had won both previous league meets this season.
Spalding's distance contingent again was dominant. U'Tonna Sherrod and Grace Wetzel went 1-2 in both the mile and 2-mile, and the Cavaliers breezed to a 14-second win in the two-mile relay. Kelly Zuknick also won twice for Spalding, in the 600 and the high jump.
The only other individual double-winner in the IAAM meet was McDonogh's Chanel Lattimer, who won the 60 and the 300.