Mount St. Joseph shows strength, captures meet

No. 1 Bryn Mawr edges McDonogh on last event

Indoor track

High Schools

December 20, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - The Mount St. Joseph boys indoor track team picked up where it left off, while the Bryn Mawr girls squad pulled off a comeback.

The top-ranked Gaels, winners of the past seven Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships, appear prepared to collect an eighth as they compiled 150 points to win an MIAA meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex last night.

The No. 1 Mawrtians used a final event - the 1,600 relay - to skip past a hard-charging McDonogh team and win an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland meet held in conjunction with the MIAA conference.

Mount St. Joseph earned double victories from junior Miren McCoy, senior Mike Adams, senior Phil Taylor and sophomore Justin Payne.

McCoy won the 55-meter dash (6.3 seconds) and the 800 relay (1 minute, 34.9 seconds) with Taylor, senior Matt Goldberg and junior Joe Norton. Taylor, besides being on the winning 800 relay team, won the 300 (36.2 seconds).

Adams claimed the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and the was on the 3,200 relay (8:32) with senior Ryan Audy, and sophomores Brendan Morrison and Tom Tucciarella.

Payne collected wins in the long jump (20 feet, 2 inches) and the trip jump (42-3).

Despite a 63-point margin in team points over runner-up and No. 6 Calvert Hall, McCoy said the pressure to maintain the Gaels' tradition of success is palpable.

"We're targets," he said. "We play like we're 40 points down. We can't sleep on these teams."

The Cardinals picked up wins from senior George Pannell in the 55 hurdles (7.6 seconds), senior Kyle Jones in the 500 meters (1:09.7) and senior Rob Hritz in the pole vault (11-6).

In the IAAM, Bryn Mawr rallied from a one-point deficit with one event left to slip past McDonogh, 76-69.

With the 1,600 relay left to determine the winner, the squad of Lauren Drossner, and sophomores Laura Paulsen, Katy O'Donnell and Mary Pagodo secured the victory for the Mawrtians by winning the event in 4:28.1.

Bryn Mawr coach James Brown applauded his team's effort, especially that of Paulsen, who ran after placing third in the arduous 3,200-meter race.

"Laura Paulsen was very critical," said Brown, who collected a pair of wins from senior Cassandre Tanner in the high jump (5 feet) and the triple jump (33-11). "She pretty much stepped up and took us over the top."

McDonogh got victories from senior Erin Kalish in the long jump (15-6) and its 800 relay squad of sophomore Devin Robinson, and freshmen Kirstyn Atkinson, Brittany Harris and Brooke Staton (1:52.2).

Towson Catholic junior Rokesha Williams registered the evening's best individual performance, taking the 55 meters in 7.3 seconds, the 300 in 42 seconds and the 500 in 1:20.8.

Williams, who transferred from Baltimore powerhouse Western, said last night's event was her first competitive racing in nearly two years.

"I'm stronger than before," she said. "I'm still practicing, but I'm getting back to where I was before."

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