Western, Mervo still reign supreme

Eighth consecutive title for Doves girls

Mustangs' 4th straight boys crown

Indoor track and field

January 27, 2002|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

New site, but it was the same results at the Baltimore City Indoor Track and Field Championships last night.

Mervo boys and Western girls continued their seemingly endless reign at CCBC-Catonsville. The top-ranked boys team won its fourth straight title while the Doves extended their girls streak to eight.

Western claimed nine of 11 events, accumulating 177 points to pace the girls competition. The Mustangs finished second and Southern was third. Mervo boys won eight events (157 points), leaving Carver (44 points) and Poly in its dust.

The finals were originally scheduled for last week at Catonsville, but were pushed back because of a snowstorm on Jan. 19. The final had been previously held at the 5th Regiment Armory, which is closed for renovations.

The change in scenery wasn't affecting Western, which knocked the field out early with a 1-2-3 finish in the 300 meters; Mariam Gondo finished first. Gondo, who has the nation's ninth-fastest time in the 55, won her second straight title in the event.

"It's not so much of winning the title, it's more about running the times," said Gondo, who ran 44.3 seconds in the 300. "It doesn't matter much if we haven't improved our times."

The Doves also received a first-place finish from Latosha Wallace in the 500, dethroning defending champion April Mullen of Mervo. Kristin Wiggins won the shot put with a throw of 29 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

Ashlae Davis won the 55 hurdles and Alicia Williams won the 800. Mullen won the 1,600 (6:01) and Tiara Moore took the high jump (4-8) for Mervo.

The Doves opened with a victory in the 3,200 relay (12:09.4) with Commia Thompson, Ayo Figueroa, Monica Halford and Monae Stokes. The quartet of Jamal Colbert, Brandon Scott, Eric Haywood and Andrew Hackett lifted Mervo to the boys 3,200 relay title.

Western completed a sweep of the relay events with wins in the 800 (230.8) and 1,600.

The Mustangs got two victories each from Jabari Bush (300 and 500) and Quinton Holliday, who won the 800 and 1,600.

The Mustangs pulled off a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 and 1,600. Hackett won the boys high jump and Kelly Jackson repeated in the shot put.

"This year we think we have a good shot at winning the states," said Bush, whose team came in winning six of the past seven city titles. "When the regionals come around, we're going show what we're made of."

Mervo and Western will be the favorites at the Class 4A-3A Central Regional meet Feb. 12 at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex. Gondo (55 and 300), Bush (300 and 500) and Mullen (500) will look to defend their titles.

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