Sailors surprise Maryvale in IAAM

Mount de Sales rises from 4th in first meet

High Schools

Indoor track and field

January 28, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Mount de Sales, which started the indoor season slowly, finishing fourth in the first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland meet seven weeks ago, sprang a surprise yesterday, topping favored Maryvale at the CCBC-Essex track.

Getting yeoman performances from Megan Adams, Lana Deptula and Jamie Raver, who combined for 57 points exclusive of relay assignments, the Sailors cruised by Maryvale, 87-75, by scoring big in the speed events and jumps.

Three weeks ago, Maryvale had outscored Mount de Sales by more than 30 points and, in December had thumped runner-up Mercy by 26 points. "Our performances were about the same," said Maryvale coach Jim McCoach. "Some other teams just got better."

Also qualifying as an upset, although mild, was U'Tonna Sherrod of Archbishop Spalding losing a distance race. Laura Drossner of Bryn Mawr, one of the IAAM's top cross country runners, ran indoors for the first time and stopped Sherrod's winning streak at eight with a 20-second victory in the mile in 5 minutes 33 seconds.

Meanwhile, in the accompanying Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (boys) competition, it was the age-old story of Calvert Hall chasing Mount St. Joseph. More accurately, it was the Cardinals and six other teams watching MSJ charge off into the dusk.

The Gaels had the jump to themselves, Rob Ludwig (11 feet, 6 inches) leading a 1-2-3 sweep in the pole vault and Nick Wright (6-2) a 1-2 finish in the high jump. Wright remained unbeaten in the hurdles, while Chris Wright and Ron Kirchner gave MSJ 1-3 and 2-3 finishes in the two-mile and mile, respectively.

Calvert Hall got all it could out of its sprint pair of Mahatma Jackson and Tim Rider, who traded 1-2 finishes in the 55 and 300, and Frank Glover ran another superior tactical race to beat Chris Wright in the mile.

Loyola finished a solid third behind the mainstays: It won the two-mile relay, came in second in the mile relay and got second in the two-mile (Gene McAuliffe) and three other third-place finishes dotting its scorecard. Pickings were pretty slim thereafter save for McDonogh's Tom So winning the shot put for the third straight time.

There's little reason to suspect Mount St. Joseph and Calvert Hall won't dominate the individual and team championships of the MIAA come Feb. 10, but the IAAM showdown could produce a squeaker.

Mount de Sales and Maryvale have to be considered the co-favorites, but Spalding, Bryn Mawr, McDonogh, Mercy and Catholic have all proven they can score in the 45-55-point range and this could have a telling effect on the final outcome.

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