Mt. St. Joe, Mt. de Sales stay on top

Gaels extend MIAA streak to seven

Sailors again win contentious IAAM meet

Indoor track and field

High Schools

January 25, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER -- The status quo returned to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.

The No. 4 Mount St. Joseph boys captured their seventh consecutive MIAA crown while the No. 8 Mount de Sales girls won their third straight IAAM title at last night's season-ending indoor track and field championships at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

The Gaels, who watched Archbishop Curley break their three-year unbeaten streak during the regular season in the first group meet of the year, made amends by routing the No. 3 Friars, 122-88.

True to form, the Sailors, who claimed the previous two crowns by a total of 5.5 points, edged No. 5 Bryn Mawr, 115-113.

Mount de Sales trailed the Mawrtians 113-107 with one event -- the pole vault -- left. But senior Megan Adams finished second in the pole vault, collecting eight points to ice the title for the Sailors.

Adams was supposed to run a leg of the team's 1,600-meter relay, but coach Kenny Mills instinctively switched Adams to the pole vault.

"We knew that she could definitely help us win the meet if she placed first or second in the pole vault," Mills said. "We said: `Megan, go out and do the pole vault. Show us what you can do.' "

Mount de Sales also had sizable contributions from sophomore Ashley Duckett -- who shattered senior teammate Martha Raver's record in the 55 hurdles by 0.6 of a second with a time of 8.6 seconds. Duckett joined senior Christina Stanley, junior Mattie Powell and sophomore Katie Bowen to set another meet record in the 800 relay with a time of 1 minute, 52.7 seconds, and won the 300 in 42.4 seconds. Raver broke her sister Kearney's meet record in the long jump by more than 3 feet with a leap of 15 feet, 9 1/4 inches and won the 55 in 7.3 seconds.

Bryn Mawr junior Laura Drossner was the meet's lone quadruple winner as she claimed the 800 (2:25.0) and the 1,600 (5:22.1). She also teamed with junior Alexandra Thomas and freshmen Laura Paulsen and Mary Pogoda to set a meet record in the 1,600 relay (4:18.1) and joined Paulsen, senior Ellett George and junior Kathleen Koehler to establish another record in the 3,200 relay (10:08.6).

"I get a lot of self-satisfaction from this," said Drossner, who credited a swimming regimen of a few hours a week for giving her strength and endurance. "It made me feel tougher, knowing that I could go the extra mile."

George also set a meet record in the 3,200 (11:41.2), and junior Cassandre Tanner established a record in the triple jump (33-3 1/2 ) and tied another in the high jump (4-10).

No. 4 Mercy finished third with 87.5 points as freshman Jessica Pabich set a meet record in the 500 (1:22.9) and junior Suzanne Mufareh won the shot put (31-5).

McDonogh junior Mackenzie Paull broke her meet record in the pole vault, clearing 8-6.

The scrum for the MIAA championship wasn't nearly as tense. Wins from senior Brandon Taylor in the long jump (20-7 3/4 ) and the triple jump (41-10), junior Steve Collins in the shot put (41- 3/4 ) and junior Mike Adams in the high jump (5-10) propelled Mount St. Joseph to the crown.

"Having had a piece of the championship for six years in a row, they didn't want to stop that," said Gaels coach Jack Peach. "They wanted to measure up to the teams in the past."

Archbishop Curley senior Charles Devaud claimed the 55 hurdles (7.6) and the pole vault (13-0) to help the Friars place second.

McDonogh finished third with 54 points courtesy of wins from sophomore Tristram Thomas in the 1,600 (4:27.7), 3,200 (9:54) and the 3,200 relay with senior Luke Stewart, junior Rory Sanborn and sophomore Brian Weiss (8:16.9) and Stewart in the 800 (2:02.6).

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