Titles become routine for Mervo, Western

Boone wins 4 girls' events, sets meet record in 100

Forest paces Mustangs

Track and field

High schools

May 14, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Two schools have settled into a comfortable routine in the Baltimore City track and field championships.

The Western girls team, led by senior Sharronda Boone's four victories, won the team title by 169 points over runner-up Mervo yesterday at Poly. This marks the 11th straight year that No. 8 Western has won the title.

On the boys' side, No. 7 Mervo used strong performances in the relays and field events to take the title. The Mustangs have won the city meet seven of the last eight years.

Western's girls won 11 of 15 events yesterday, while the Mervo boys claimed titles in nine of 16 events.

Boone, who graduates this year, won the 100-meter dash, 200, 400 and long jump. Her time of 11.70 seconds in the 100 broke the meet record."I did better than I thought, especially with the heat," said Boone, who will compete in track at Morgan State next year."As a team, we've been preparing hard for this, and I pushed myself."

Western coach Jerry Molyneaux said the meet contained few surprises for his team."It went about how I expected," he said. "Winning has never been my objective. I just want them to improve their times each time they go out. We have a very young team, and everything fell into place for them today."

Mervo's Norman Forest won the long jump and triple jump to pace the Mustangs. He also finished third in the 100 and ran on Mervo's champion 4x100 relay team."I thought I did well the first two events [the long jump and triple jump], and could have done better in the other two," said Forest, who admitted to being bothered by the heat."It's great that we did well as a team. That's what's important."

The Mustangs won three of the four relays, taking third in the other, the 4x800.

Other multi-event winners included Poly's Alex Scalley in the boys' 800 and 1,600 and Western's Shannon Ramsey in the girls' 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

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