Mt. St. Joe saves best for last, beats Calvert Hall

Gaels avenge three loses to Cards

Spalding girls win

MIAA track

February 13, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

After losing to Calvert Hall three times during the regular season, Mount St. Joseph got some revenge against the Cardinals yesterday, winning the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships at CCBC-Essex.

Other surprises included the McDonogh girls finally getting it together to challenge powerful Spalding and Alan McDavid of Calvert Hall losing a sprint for the first time in 11 tries.

Just about unbeatable in anything up to a quarter-mile both indoors and out, McDavid had racked up 10 straight victories in the 55-meter and 300-yard dashes at Essex before his streak was halted in the 55. The culprit was teammate Mahatma Jackson.

The first four finishers in the race were timed in 6.5 seconds. McDavid's streak in the 300 continued, but it wasn't easy as teammate Tim Rider was a whisper behind his 34.8 clocking.

Consistently, the McDonogh girls have given indications that they could advance out of the also-ran category to challenge Spalding for a team title. During the three regular-season meets, Spalding won by an average of about 30 points, always over Mercy. McDonogh finished fourth, fifth and fifth.

With Chanel Lattimer winning the 55 and 300, Anna Eder the 600, Jen Ford contributing a second and a third, and a pair of thirds in the relays, however, McDonogh doubled its usual point output. In fact, with two events remaining, it led Spalding, 78-77.5.

Pressed, the Anne Arundel County school responded well, outscoring McDonogh, 16-8, in the shot put and mile relay to take the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title.

Frustrated after being beaten by four, 12 and seven points in earlier meets, Mount St. Joe wasn't about to be denied this time. At one point, it led the Cardinals by 36 points as it went 1-2-3 in the pole vault and the Wrights, Chris and Nick, won the two-mile and hurdles, respectively.

Pub Date: 2/13/00

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