In last race, Mount St. Joseph pulls away

Stroup, Wall stand out with record performances

High Schools

Outdoor track and field

April 01, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Mount St. Joseph won the battle, and River Hill's Shane Stroup and Atholton's Ashley Wall set the records yesterday in the Mount St. Joseph track Invitational.

The meet, in its sixth season, featured 30 teams from Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The host Gaels used the eight points they got for finishing second in the 400-meter relay, the last event of the day, to pass Frederick and claim the boys title by five points. Prince George's County's Oxon Hill was third.

Elizabeth Seton of Washington edged Atholton by one point to claim the girls title.

For Stroup, yesterday was a red-letter day. The junior set meet records in both the 800 (1:57.00) and 1,600 (4:22.00) for the Hawks.

"When I saw what [the records] were, I knew I could break them," Stroup said. "My goals this year are to run a 4:10 in the 1600, and a 1:54 in the 800, so I think this was just a start," said Stroup, who was named the outstanding boys track performer for the meet.

Another Howard County runner also got off to a good start. Atholton's Ashley Wall won three events (high jump, triple jump, and long jump), setting records in the first two.

Wall broke the high jump mark by a full two inches with a jump of 5 feet, 2 inches, while her triple jump effort of 35-1 was almost two feet over the meet record. For her effort, Wall was named the outstanding girls field performer for the event.

A number of other meet records also fell yesterday. For the boys, Frederick's Vikas Gowda threw the shot 55-11 3/4 to break the 5-year old meet record of 51-6 1/2 set in 1996. Gowda also won the discus with a toss of 154-1 1/2 . He was named the boys outstanding field performer for the meet.

Spalding's Dusty Leib, The Sun's Cross Country Runner of the Year, set the meet record in the 3,200. Leib shaved a full 16 seconds off the meet record with a time of 9:37.70.

"I was surprised by how well I did," the senior said. "That was my best time ever. I was injured most of the indoor season, so I'm not in my best shape. My mileage isn't where it should be."

For the girls, Elizabeth Seton's Denise Cruse shaved almost three seconds off the meet record in the 400 with a time of 56.90. In doing so, she broke her own record of last season (59.60).

Frederick's Imani White set a record in the 200 with a time of 24.70. She also won the 100 with a time of 12.10. She was named the girls outstanding track performer for the meet.

Stacey Downs of Atholton tied the meet record in the pole vault with a vault of 8-0.

Relay teams from Oxon Hill (with a time of 43.50 in the 400 relay) for the boys, and Archbishop Carroll (4:07.50 in the 1,600 relay) and Oxon Hill (49.40 in the 400 relay) for the girls also set meet records.

Several other local athletes won medals yesterday. Bryn Mawr's Laura Drossner won the girls 1,600 with a time of 5:17.00, besting Annapolis' Erin Masterman by one second. Masterman won the 800 with a time of 2:23.30.

Masterman's teammate, Rachel Dalby, won the 3,200 with a time of 11:58.20, a full 18 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Atholton's Lindsay Grigorien took the shot put with a throw of 34-1 3/4 .

For the boys, host Mt. St. Joseph's Nick Wright won both the 110 high hurdles (15.00) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (40.65). He was one of only two Gaels to win an event, making his team's victory all that more impressive. Rob Ludwig won the pole vault (11-6).

River Hill's Evan Prucha won the high jump with a leap of 6-0.

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