Western, Mervo win again

Doves dominate girls field, Mustangs outpace boys in city championships

Indoor track and field

January 29, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

It was just another day at the office for the Western girls and Mervo boys indoor track and field teams.

The No. 3 Doves captured their ninth consecutive Baltimore City championship, while the No. 2 Mustangs won their fifth straight crown last night at the 5th Regiment Armory.

Both squads won in convincing fashion. Western won 10 of the 12 events and accrued 183 points -- a total that surpassed the combined score of 150 from the other seven teams.

Still, senior Latosha Wallace wasn't about to call the Doves' habit of winning tiresome.

"It never gets old," she said. "When you have a love for running, you breathe for competition. You have a need to run fast."

Wallace claimed the 300 meters in 42.4 seconds, took the 500 in 1 minute, 19.3 seconds and joined seniors Angel Thompson and Ashley Davis and freshman Shalayah Sommerville to win the 1,600 relay in 4:38.4.

Other Western gold-medal winners were senior Ashley West-Nesbitt in the 55 (7.1 seconds) and the 55 hurdles (8.4); senior Alicia Williams in the 800 (2:32.0), junior Monica Halford in the 3,200 (13:49.1) and Thompson in the high jump (4 feet, 4 inches).

Williams and Halford teamed with senior Midchild Carter and junior Nicole Stevenson to capture the 3,200 relay (11:04.4), and Thompson, Davis and Sommerville added freshman Theresa Lewis to their first-place effort in the 800 relay (1:51.1).

Mervo senior April Mullen won the 1,600 in 5:42.9 to help the Mustangs finish second with 53 points. Lake Clifton senior Timika Davis took first in the shot put (37-2).

Southern was third with 39 points.

On the boys side, Mervo collected victories in nine events en route to 166 points -- a mark that outpaced the combined score of the next four teams.

"It's the first step to states," said junior Brandon Lynch. "We use this as a training session. When we get to meets with competition, that's when we see what we can do."

Lynch and senior Frankie Wright shared top honors for the most gold medals with three. Lynch was first in the 800 (2:11.6), the 1,600 (4:57.1) and the 3,200 (11:22.8).

Wright took the 300 (38.2 seconds), claimed the 500 (1:13.4) and teamed with seniors Leon Walker and Craig Tate and sophomore Orlando Brown to win the 1,600 relay (3:57.5).

Mustangs senior Ronald Wright won the 55 (6.6) and senior William Joquin the shot put (49-8 1/4 ). Wright, who is Frankie Wright's cousin, also joined senior Damon Watson and sophomores Brandon Eaton and Orlando Brown to capture the 800 relay (1:41.7).

Carver senior Domonique Watson remained undefeated in the 55 hurdles, finishing in 7.9 seconds to help the Bears place second with 51.5 points. Walbrook finished third with 49 points on the strength of senior Davon Singleton's victory in the high jump (6-0).

Edmondson's 3,200 relay squad of seniors Bradley Hall and Michael Better and juniors Javon Corprew and Glenn Grainger crossed the finish line first in 9:20.4.

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