Western, Mervo trim track meet records

Gober's upset sparking McDonogh's boys tennis


April 04, 2003|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Just about everywhere the Western and Mervo track teams go, shattered meet records are sure to follow.

The Western girls and Mervo boys - both ranked No. 1 - broke several more records Saturday at the seventh annual Benjamin Banneker Relays at Bowie State University.

The Doves set marks in the 400-meter and 800-meter events. Ashley West-Nesbitt, Theresa Lewis, Latosha Wallace and Shalaiyah Sommerville ran 48.18 in the 400 and 1:42.0 in the 800.

Western coach Jerry Molyneaux, whose team also won four other relays, said, "The competition was not there, but what's more impressive is that we were not just competing against the teams that were there, but we also ran record times against everyone who has run there in the past."

On the boys side, the Mustangs set a meet record in the 400 meters, with Orlando Brown, Ronald Wright, Frankie Wright and Damon Watson running 42.50.

With DeMatha and Archbishop Carroll, the competition was stronger on the boys side. Still, the Mustangs won three events and finished second in four.

Both teams will compete at the Woodlawn Invitational Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. before heading to Morgan State's invitational meet the following weekend.

Eagles excel

Junior Mark Gober upset defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tennis champ Brian Crook of Loyola, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 1 singles as defending team champ McDonogh won Tuesday's league match, 5-0.

McDonogh (3-0) will try to avenge a loss of a year ago when it plays host today to Landon of Montgomery County.

Friends on a roll

Last season on a Friends lacrosse team with nine seniors, youngsters Kirstin Schwab and Sarah Bancroft didn't have to do much.

This season, the two sophomores have taken over much of the attack, keeping the Quakers unbeaten in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference.

Schwab and Bancroft scored two goals each Wednesday as the Quakers edged perhaps their top B Conference foe, Archbishop Spalding, 8-7. The win gives the Quakers, 4-1 overall, a 4-0 record in the conference.

"Last year, the freshmen looked up to the seniors and let them lead the way," said Friends coach Sallie Neal. "I encouraged them last year, but now they have to step up and they have played amazing."

Schwab has accumulated 23 goals and eight assists. Bancroft, who also plays a key role handling the center draw, has 11 goals and seven assists.

Schwab scored three goals and had two assists and Bancroft added two goals in Friday's 9-5 win over Park, the other team in what appears to be a three-team B Conference race. Defenders Sarah Ritter, Alanah Webb and Abby Seiler shut down Park's top three offensive threats, allowing just one a goal toward the end of the game.

Borchers' big day

In Fallston's softball game last Thursday against Edgewood, Cougars second baseman Allison Borchers accomplished the rare softball feat of hitting for the cycle.

Borchers, a junior who hits leadoff for the third-ranked Cougars, was 4-for-5 with a single, a double, a triple, a home run, three RBI's and two runs.

Fallston, last year's Class 3A North champs, beat the Rams, 12-0, and is now 5-0.

Magic moments

Mercy sprinter Lashawna Epps set a couple of school records last week, running 12.9 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 27.1 in the 200 meters at McDonogh. Last winter, the freshman was the first Magic runner to win a 55-meter dash event.


Park School junior Jon Bookstein struck out seven batters and walked only one in Friday's 4-1, no-hit victory over Chapelgate.

Sun staff writer Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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