Gaels, Sailors win MIAA event

Wright's distance wins spark Mt. St. Joe

Raver sets pace for Mt. de Sales

Indoor track

High Schools

January 11, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Chris Wright won two distance events to lead the Mount St. Joseph boys to victory and Martha Raver won the 55-meter hurdles to spark Mount de Sales in the girls competition at a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association indoor track meet yesterday at Loyola High.

The No. 1-ranked Gaels won five individual events and one relay to pull away, 139-76 1/2 , from runner-up Loyola, which played host to the meet on its new indoor track, used just the second time for a meet.

Mount de Sales won three individual events and a relay to outdistance runner-up McDonogh, 134-89.

Wright, who ran the fifth-fastest 3,200 indoor in the country - 9 minutes, 38 seconds - on Dec. 8 at the New York Armory, coasted home yesterday in 10:10 with little competition. His 1,600 was a bit sharper at 4:34.

Wright's personal best in the 1,600 is 4:27, also posted in New York. He is undefeated this season in both the 1,600 and 3,200.

"We expected to win big even though we were missing Brandon Duckett, who runs the 55 dash, 500, 55 hurdles and [1,600] relay," said Mount St. Joe coach Gene Constantine. "The biggest surprise of the day for us was sophomore Ryan Audy, who finished second in the 1,600."

Audy took second by two seconds (4:54) over Loyola stalwart Eugene McAuliffe, an All-City/Baltimore County selection the past two seasons.

The Gaels' Rob Ludwig remained unbeaten in the pole vault with a 13-foot effort, and teammate Chris O'Hara was second at 12-0.

Mike Blanchard won the shot put for the Gaels with a 51-foot, 11-inch toss, the best in Baltimore this season. Teammate Dan Michalowicz was second with a 44-11 toss.

Brandon Taylor won the 55-meter dash for the Gaels in 6.7 seconds and was second in the 55 hurdles at 8.2, just behind McDonogh's Shomari Taylor (8.1).

Loyola's Jake Salter won the 500 in 1:10.9.

"Jake is one of the best middle distance runners Loyola has had in ages," said coach Chris Cucuzzella, whose team was missing its best sprinter, Stuart Johnson. Loyola senior Billy Noah won the high jump (6-0) to remain undefeated and Derreck Norgriff, also a senior, was third in the shot put.

Raver won the 55 hurdles in 9.6 for the Sailors, and added a second place in the 55 dash (7.6) behind McDonogh's Brandi Preston (7.3).

Other Mount de Sales winners included Jamie Reisinger in the 300 (48.3) and Jane Ryan in the 500 (1.28.9). The Sailors' Danielle Rhinehart finished second in the 300 at 49.3.

McDonogh's Tammy Newcomb won the 3,200 and teammate Nicole Barkley won the shot put (33-7).

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