Minimal squad, maximum results: Bryn Mawr nips Mount de Sales

10-athlete team repeats as champs by five points

IAAM track and field

May 19, 2002|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Bryn Mawr did a lot with a little at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland track and field championships yesterday at Calvert Hall.

Despite having only 10 athletes, coach Jason George's Mawrtians repeated as the IAAM champions by holding off Mount de Sales for a five-point victory.

Bryn Mawr finished with 124 points, just ahead of Mount de Sales (119) and McDonogh (110). The Mawrtians are a much different team than last year's championship group, having lost five seniors from that squad. But everyone contributed this season and gave the coach a pleasant surprise.

"These kids really overachieved," George said. "We knew we'd be strong in distance, but the field events really came through."

Ashley Campbell and Laura Drossner each participated in four events and led the scoring parade in distance races. Campbell edged Drossner to win the 1,600 (5 minutes, 31.29 seconds), took second in the 3,200, placed fifth in the 800 and ran on the second-place 3,200-meter relay team.

In addition to the runner-up finish in the 1,600, Drossner nipped Campbell to win the 3,200 in 12:02.70, took third in the 800 and pitched in with a great anchor leg for the 3,200 relay team. Campbell and Drossner helped score 44 of the team's points.

"We had 10 [people] today and in order to have any [chance], we all really had to come through," Campbell said.

Said Drossner: "I think we were ready for it."

Cassandre Tanner and Zakiya Shivers also contributed in a big way. Tanner won the triple jump (33 feet, 2 inches), took second in the high jump and fourth in the long jump. Shivers won the discus with a throw of 114-6, destroying the meet record by nearly 16 feet. She also took second in the shot put.

Mount de Sales stayed close with wins in the 1,600 relay plus victories from Ashley Duckett (100 hurdles, 17.02) and Mary Kate Ohlmacher (300 hurdles in 50.20, just ahead of Duckett).

Lena Tillett and Trina Small helped McDonogh rule the sprints. Tillett won both the 100 (13.58) and the 200 (27.07) and took third in the 400. Small was second in the 100, third in the 200 and won the 400 (1:00.72). Nicole Barkley won the shot put (34-4 3/4 ) for the Eagles' other first-place finish.

Angel McCoughtry of St. Frances was the only other two-event individual winner, taking the high jump (5-2) and long jump (16-1 1/4 ).

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