Hazel helps Maryvale cruise at IAAM meet

Mount St. Joseph boys overcome Calvert Hall

High Schools

Indoor track and field

January 07, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

At this time last year, Maryvale, a school of about 250 girls, was just beginning an indoor track program. Now, the Lions are very nearly a track power.

A month ago, when Maryvale won the first private schools' meet at CCBC-Essex, the term "fluke" was bandied about. Yesterday, the Lions thrashed their Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland colleagues soundly.

Paced by Casey Hazel -- who had a win, two second-place finishes, and anchored a winning relay team -- Lauren Parker and Stephanie Sybert, Maryvale piled up 85 points to 53.75 for runner-up Mount de Sales and 48.5 by third-place finisher McDonogh.

In the accompanying Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association boys meet, it all came down to the mile relay for long-time antagonists Mount St. Joseph and Calvert Hall.

Although Calvert Hall won the race with football player Mahatma Jackson running a strong anchor, it wasn't enough for the Cardinals to overcome MSJ, which won the meet.

The Gaels, who thumped the Hall, 152-102, in the first meet, built up their usual early lead thanks to Nick Wright winning the hurdles and high jump, Chris Wright winning the two-mile and Rob Ludwig taking the pole vault.

Then Calvert Hall began closing the gap. Jackson chased Tim Rider home in the 60-meter race, then these two streakers traded places in the 300. The Cards went 1-2 in the 600. Then, in the race of the day, Frank Glover knocked off Wright in the mile.

"It's hold your breath time," said MSJ coach Gene Constantine, heading down the stretch.

"I didn't know how good we were going to be this season," Calvert Hall coach Mary Bondyra said, "but these kids have come on like gangbusters."

As has become her habit, U'Tonna Sherrod of Archbishop Spalding took both distance events among the girls, while All-Metro long sprinter Chanel Lattimer of McDonogh, running in a slow heat, captured the 300 in 41.1 seconds. Parker won the fast heat (41.3) and it could be quite a show when they get together in the same race at the next meet Jan. 27.

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