Calvert Hall exceeds its expectations

Cardinals dominate relays

Annapolis girls triumph

Track and field

High Schools

May 06, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Calvert Hall was just out to make a good showing at yesterday's Anne Arundel County Relays at Annapolis. As things turned out, they got more than they hoped for.

The Cardinals won four events to capture the boys title. Old Mill was a distant second, 26 points behind.

Anne Arundel county fared well on the girls side. Host Annapolis triumphed, edging by three points runners-up Arundel and Montgomery County's Walter Johnson.

"I knew we'd do well in the sprints, but I was very surprised by how well we did in the field events," said Calvert Hall coach Mary Bondyra. "We won the high jump and pole vault, and both of those were totally unexpected."

In addition, the Cardinals captured the 800-meter relay and the sprint medley relay. There were no individual winners; all events were cumulative points based on team members' performance.

"We started the season slowly, but we're starting to come along as a team," said Dwayne Birden, who had the best high jump at 1.95 meters.

For Annapolis' girls, the win was equally satisfying.

"We only have 12 girls on the team this year, but it's definitely quality over quantity," said Annapolis coach Mike Ballard. "Several of our girls, like Kerra Strum, C'vette Henson, and Erin Masterman, had great meets.

"With our depth, we needed a little luck, and we got a little bit."

The Panthers won the shuttle hurdle relay, the high jump and the distance medley relay.

The only other area teams to win events on the girls side were Southern of Anne Arundel, Broadneck and Arundel. The Bulldogs captured the pole vault (4.75 meters) and the Wildcats won the 400-meter relay in 50.7 seconds. The Bruins won the discus.

Local teams fared better on the boys side. Mervo won both the triple jump (38.14) and the 400-meter relay (43.2). Overlea won the long jump (18.75 meters), while runner-up Old Mill took the discus (109.92).

Gilman (shot put, 42.24) and Arundel (shuttle hurdle relay, 1:05.7) also won their events.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was the fourth-place finish by Mervo. Coach Freddie Hendricks blamed the disappointing result on injuries.

"We're pretty banged up right now," said Hendricks. "We have a week to get ready for districts, and I think we'll be a little healthier then."

The event, in its 32nd year, featured 42 schools from all over Maryland.

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