With girls dethroning Western, Mervo pulls off its first sweep

Stepney, Everett run 1-2 to match Mustangs boys

Baltimore City cross country championships

October 29, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Mervo boys turned in their annual dominating performance yesterday at the Baltimore City cross country championship meet. But it was the Mustangs girls who really caught everyone's attention.

Freshman Quantikia Stepney won the girls race and led a young group of Mervo runners that scored a surprisingly easy victory over longtime power Western at Herring Run Park. Mervo's Brandon Lynch then won the boys race as the Mustangs captured their sixth straight city title and became the first school to sweep this meet.

Stepney won for the girls in a time of 20 minutes, 52 seconds for 5 kilometers. Classmate Brittany Everett took second (21:38), and sophomore Joi Briscoe (fifth), freshman Nykiesha Sewell (10th) and senior Heather Homan (12th) completed a solid effort from the top five Mustangs.

Mervo finished with 26 points, far ahead of second-place Western (62). The Doves had won the city title in 10 of the previous 11 years, with Southwestern's 1995 championship the only break in that run. Southern (67) also turned in an impressive performance to take third place, led by Brittney Griffin and Jalisa Bush (fourth and eighth, respectively).

"I'm happy that we beat Western," Stepney said. "We want to keep on beating Western."

Mervo coach William Vaughan's team is loaded with talented young runners who've been competing for years before coming to high school. The Mustangs had finished in the top three at the city meet for 11 straight years.

Mervo broke through yesterday. But now with four freshmen, four sophomores, one junior and one senior, it's likely that Mervo will be around for a while.

"The quality of our ninth-graders out here this year running caught some people by surprise," Vaughan said. "We're very young, but we're finally here [and] we want to stay on top of our game."

Senior Monica Hartford (sixth) was Western's only runner to finish in the top 10.

"The Mervo girls dominated the whole meet," Western coach Jerry Molyneaux said. "They did a good job today."

The Mervo boys had an even easier time. Lynch (17:20) edged junior teammate Julius Coleman by seven seconds to capture his second city title, and freshman Isaac Richardson (fourth), freshman Milo Barry (ninth) and senior Brandon Williams (13th) helped the Mustangs win with 20 points.

Caylin Young (fifth) and Irvin Cannaday (eighth) helped City finish second with 63 points. Poly (86) edged Carver (88) for third place.

Lynch, who took first two years ago in this meet while finishing second the other two years, grabbed the lead after a half-mile and stayed in front from there.

"I figured that it's my senior year, so I've got to leave on a good note," Lynch said. "Julius pushed [and helped] me."

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