Mount de Sales girls repeat finish, then as IAAM champs

Another final-event win stuns No. 1 Maryvale by 0.5

Mt. St. Joseph takes MIAA

Indoor track and field

February 10, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER -- For the Mount de Sales girls indoor track and field team, it was vindication. For the Mount St. Joseph boys, it was business as usual.

Mount de Sales got a first-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay to shock top-ranked Maryvale, 124-123.5, and win the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship with an upset over the Lions for the second straight year.

Bryn Mawr finished third with 60.5 points.

Meanwhile, Mount St. Joseph, aided by two individual titles from long-distance ace Chris Wright and a dominating performance in the field events, won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title for the sixth straight year, scoring 149 points to finish way out ahead of Loyola (95) and McDonogh (81).

Both meets took place at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.

"We expected to win this," said Mount St. Joseph coach Gene Constantine. "We've been pointing to it all year."

The Gaels led the boys meet nearly the whole way, leaving the drama to the girls' side.

The Sailors, who needed a first-place finish in the 1,600 relay last year to secure the win, trailed the Lions by 16 1/2 points going into the last two events.

After the Sailors' Megan Adams recorded a second-place finish in the pole vault, the relay team of Jamie Reisinger, Ashley Duckett, Jane Ryan and Adams captured first place and the decisive points.

"I didn't expect this at all," said Mount de Sales junior Martha Raver. "Maryvale had been ahead by so many, we just had to close."

Raver won the 55 hurdles (9.1 seconds), came in second in the 300 and third in the 55. Her younger sister, freshman Kearney Raver, was the big winner for the Sailors, earning first in the 500 (1:23), the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and the long jump (15-6 1/2 ).

"I felt Maryvale deserved it as much as we did. It was anyone's meet," said Sailors coach Kenny Mills, whose team lost to Maryvale in two previous meets this season.

Other big performances were turned in by Maryvale's Lauren Parker, who won the 55 (7.2) and the 300 (42.1), and Bryn Mawr's Laura Drossner, who won both the 800 and the 1,600.

Drossner shattered the meet record in the 1,600 by nearly 25 seconds.

Mount St. Joseph had its share of big performers, too. Maryland-bound football player Pascal Abiamiri won the high jump (5-10), and got second-place points in the long and triple jump. Mike Blanchard won the shot put, throwing 51-4 1/2 .

Then there was Wright, who blew past the field and set meet records in both the 1,600 (4:26.9) and the 3,200 (9:52), along with a second-place finish in the 800 to McDonogh's Josh Perry.

"I am trying to be the best," said Wright, a senior. "I try to be a leader. We train as a team and win as a team."

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