Gonzaga sneaks up on, then past, Calvert Hall

Cardinals miss winning St. Joe event by .34

Track and Field

High Schools

March 26, 2000

Calvert Hall and Mount St. Joseph spent so much time eyeing each other at the MSJ Track and Field Invitational yesterday that neither cast a wary eye toward Gonzaga until it was too late. Thus, the Washington high school captured the team title by less than a point over defending champion Calvert Hall and seven points over the hosts.

Gonzaga maintained an early lead when the meet's Most Valuable Performer, Jerry Kolade, collected 40 points with victories in both hurdles events, the long jump and triple jump. The team fell back momentarily and, after 15 events, MSJ led Calvert Hall, 87-86.66. It appeared a garrison finish was assured between the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rivals.

Come the last two events on the program, however, and Gonzaga was back. While it was garnering 12 points with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter relay and a second in the 1600-meter relay, Mount St. Joe scored just three and Calvert Hall was held to two after it was disqualified in the shorter relay.

"We lost by a third of a point [97-96.66]," said Cardinals coach Mary Bondyra, "I'd rather it had been 10." The Mount finished with 90 points.

Meanwhile, the girls event turned out to be even closer as Elizabeth Seton and Archbishop McNamara finished in a dead heat for first with 72 points. Carroll got up for the tie by taking the 400-meter relay while, one race later, Seton was finishing second in the mile relay. Mount St. Joseph Prep of Pennsylvania edged McDonogh, 58.33-55.5 for the third spot.

In addition to the Kolade show, other strong performances were turned in by Nick Wright of Mount St. Joe with a first, second and third in the high jump, the 300 intermediate and 100 high hurdles, respectively, and Alan McDavid of Calvert Hall, who won the 100, was second in the 200 and third in the 400 before feeling a twinge in a hamstring.

Seven records were set in the boys meet, three in relays, two in sprints and two by Kolade in the hurdles.

On the girls side, Chanel Lattimer of McDonogh had a big day with wins in the 100 and 200, her 24.9 in the latter setting a meet mark, and teammate Jenny Ford did nearly as well, winning the 300 hurdles in a record 46.2 and finishing second in the 100 hurdles.

All-Metro Monday

A special All-Metro section for high school winter sports will be published Monday, March 27. The section will highlight the top athletes and coaches in boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and boys and girls indoor track and field.

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