Athletes Of The Week

High Schools

May 08, 2002

BOYS

Shomari Taylor

McDonogh, track and field

Consistency continues to define the senior, who has helped the Eagles claim the No. 6 spot in the metro area.

Taylor set a school record in the 300-meter hurdles (38.7 seconds) at the Draper Invitational in Virginia last weekend. He also placed first in the long jump at the invitational with a distance of 21 feet, 2 inches.

Taylor also ran on the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams that set school marks at the Penn Relays two weeks ago. He has not lost in the 300 hurdles and has missed first place in the long jump once.

An All-Baltimore City/Baltimore County performer in indoor track and an All-Metro defensive end in football, Taylor will continue both sports at Yale next season.

GIRLS

Ashley Gray

Institute of Notre Dame, softball

The sophomore right hander won three games last week to help the No. 3 Indians go into the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament as one of two No. 1 seeds.

Gray's biggest win was a one-hitter that dealt Pallotti its first league loss, 2-1. She also threw a one-hit shutout against John Carroll and beat No. 12 Catholic, 3-1. Gray, who has a 0.37 ERA and has struck out 187 batters in 153 innings, struck out 21 last week and was also 4-for-9 with a double and a home run.

A transfer from Northeast, Gray (17-5) has pitched every game for the Indians and her 17 wins are the most in school history.

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