LANDOVER - While the Mount St. Joseph boys indoor track and field team caught no one by surprise, the Bryn Mawr girls had to hold their breath.
The No. 2 Mawrtians needed a victory in the final event - the 1,600-meter relay - to hold off unranked Mercy and win an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland meet last night at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.
The top-ranked Gaels easily took home the honors in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association meet, which was run in conjunction with the IAAM meet.
The evening's most exciting moment came in the last event, which Bryn Mawr entered leading Mercy by 1.3 points and No. 4 McDonogh by two.
Seniors Laura Drossner and Alexandra Thomas and sophomores Laura Paulsen and Mary Pogoda came through, taking a lead they would not relinquish en route to winning the race in 4 minutes, 20 seconds.
Thomas, who ran the anchor leg, said coach James Brown informed the girls of the situation before their race.
"Before we started, we gathered together and said we were going to go all out," Thomas said. "We told ourselves that we were going to run hard and collapse at the end."
The Mawrtians, who recorded 85.3 points, were paced by senior Cassandre Tanner's victories in the high jump (5 feet) and long jump (16-2).
Mercy collected 82 points and boasted a win from senior Suzanne Mufareh in the shot put (31-7 3/4 ).
Sophomore Devin Robinson's victory in the 55 (7.2 seconds), freshman Brooke Staton's first place in the triple jump (34-7) and a win from its 800 relay squad of Robinson, Staton and freshmen Kirstyn Atkinson and Brittany Harris (1:51.9) paced McDonogh to a third-place showing with 73.3 points.
Other winners included Towson Catholic junior Rokesha Williams in the 300 (42.2) and the 500 (1:20.1); Maryvale junior Glenna Sullivan in the 1,600 (5:24.1) and the 3,200 (11:45); Mount de Sales junior Ashley Duckett in the 55 hurdles (8.6 seconds); and Archbishop Spalding's 3,200-relay team of seniors Emily Sullivan, Erin Riggin, Lauren Nescio and Ashley Paschall (10:33).
On the boys side, Mount St. Joseph is on pace for its eighth straight MIAA championship.
The Gaels collected 144 points, far outdistancing runner-up McDonogh, with 69.
Senior Mike Adams paved the way by winning the high jump (6-0) and joining senior Ryan Audy and sophomores Kevin Morrison and Tom Pucciarella to place first in the 3,200 relay (8:29).
Mount St. Joseph also garnered victories from junior Miren McCoy in the 300 (36.3), senior Pat Burnett in the 500 (1:08.7), sophomore Justin Payne in the triple jump (41-6), senior Luke Hiteshew in the shot put (a personal-best 45-1 1/2 ) and its 800 relay squad of seniors Phil Taylor and Matt Goldberg and junior Joe Norton and McCoy (1:34.6).
No. 10 McDonogh was paced by junior Darrius Heyward-Bey's victory in the 55 (6.1) and junior Tristram Thomas' win in the 1,600 (4:38).