Same story: Mervo, Western rule the city

Mustangs win by 153 3/4

Doves: 14th crown in row

High Schools

Track and field

May 12, 2002|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Mervo boys and Western girls once again eliminated any suspense from the Baltimore City track and field championships yesterday at Poly.

Mervo scored 226 points and cruised to its 11th win in 12 years. The Mustangs finished 153.75 points ahead of second-place Carver. Western had just as little trouble in winning its 14th straight city crown. The Doves' 207 points far outdistanced runner-up Poly (88).

Both Mervo and Western used the same formula for their easy wins -- depth and several first-place finishes. The Mustangs took first place in 14 of the 17 boys' events, while Western had 11 first-place finishes in 16 events.

Frankie Wright, Kelly Jackson, Ronald Wright and Brandon Lynch each won two events for the Mustangs. Those wins alone gave Mervo 80 points, which would have beaten Carver (72.25) even if the Mustangs hadn't scored anymore.

"We've got some good depth, and some of our kids can win their events," said Mervo coach Freddie Hendricks. "We got some good performances today."

The Mustangs won the 400-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays. Frankie Wright won the long (22 feet) and the triple jumps (44-8 3/4 ). Ronald Wright captured the 100 (10.84 seconds) and the 200 (22.30).

Lynch took first in the 800 (2:05.1) and the 1,600 (4:53.0), while Jackson won the shot put (54-5 1/4 ) and the discus (144-9).

Western had just as easy a time in winning for the 14th straight year. Coach Jerry Molyneaux said the Doves used this meet to try to get ready for next weekend's tough Class 4A North Region meet.

"We got a lot of [points] from a lot of places," Molyneaux said. "It's a good tuneup for next week."

Western won the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays with little trouble. The Doves also had two-victory performances from Latosha Wallace, Ashaley Davis and Mariama Gondo. Wallace won the long jump (17-5), the 400 (55.89) and took second in the 200.

Davis took the triple jump (33-2 1/2 ) and the 300 hurdles (46.0), while Gondo took the 100 (12.03) and 200 (25.0).

Alicia Williams won the 800 in 2:18.80 and finished second in the 1,600. The junior said that the Western girls want to avoid some of the problems they've had in the state meet in recent years and used this meet to try to give themselves a good jumping-off point for next week's region meet and states two weeks from now.

"We come here to run our best times," Williams said. "We could win by 500 points, but if our times aren't improving, it's not good."

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