McDonogh girls, St. Joe boys win titles

Points in 10 of 14 events at IAAM key

Gaels take 8th MIAA crown in row

Indoor track

High Schools

January 24, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - McDonogh's girls indoor track and field team came out of hiding just in time.

Despite not winning a meet during the regular season, the No. 6 Eagles erupted at the right time and captured an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) championship at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex last night.

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) crown, which was run in conjunction with the IAAM, went to No. 1 Mount St. Joseph for the eighth straight year.

McDonogh joined Archbishop Spalding (2000) and Mount de Sales (2001-03) as the only programs to win IAAM championships even though the Eagles were shut out in the regular season.

That didn't bother McDonogh, which scored in 10 of 14 events to compile 89 team points.

"They knew we were a force, but they didn't expect us to do what we did," said senior Rochelle Murray, a co-captain with senior Mackenzie Paull. "We use other meets to gauge ourselves for the championships. ... Championships are our focus."

The Eagles boasted gold medalists in sophomore Devin Robinson, who won at 55 meters in 7.1 seconds, and freshman Brooke Staton, who took the long jump with a record leap of 16 feet, 4 inches.

Second-rankde Bryn Mawr finished second with 79 points despite a record-setting performance from senior Cassandre Tanner. Tanner shattered her own record in the triple jump, leaping an additional 2 feet to record a mark of 35 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

Senior Laura Drossner defended the 800 title she won last season, winning in 2:29.1.

The biggest surprise was Towson Catholic, which took third place by gaining all 74 points from Rokesha Williams and Devon Williams.

Rokesha Williams' time of 1:21.1 in the 500 eclipsed the previous record of 1:22.9 set by Mercy's Jessica Pabich last year.

The junior's mark of 5 feet, 1 inch in the high jump was 3 inches better than the record held by three.

Devon Williams' time of 40.0 seconds was 2.1 seconds faster than the previous 300-meter mark set by Maryvale's Lauren Parker in 2002. The freshman also took the 1,600 in 5:19.9 and the 3,200 in 11:49.1.

"You look at Bryn Mawr, Mercy, McDonogh, and they're coming with 30, 40 kids," said Owls coach Dion Hylton. "I came with two."

Mount de Sales, fourth with 73 points, swept all three relays and was paced by junior Ashley Duckett, who won three gold medals in the 55 hurdles (a record time of 8.4 seconds) and the 800 and 1,600 relays.

Mercy senior Suzanne Mufareh retained her shot put crown, tossing a meet-best 32-3.

In the MIAA, the Gaels continued their torrid ways as they scored 140.5 points and extended their undefeated regular season into the title meet.

"It's a real honor to win against different people," said senior Phil Taylor. "It's a new challenge every year."

Senior Pat Burnett won the 500 (1:08.3), while senior Luke Hiteshew led a trio of shot putters who finished 1-2-4. Sophomore Justin Payne collected a title in the triple jump (40-10 1/4 ).

Fifth-ranked Calvert Hall was second with 101.5 points, thanks to wins from senior George Panniell in the 55 hurdles (7.70), senior Jarell Clinton in the long jump (20-4 1/4 ) and senior Rob Hritz in the pole vault (12-6).

McDonogh was led by junior Tristram Thomas, who claimed the 1,600 (4:33) and joined senior Rory Sanborn and juniors Scott Allen and Brian Weiss to win the 3,200 relay (8:23). Junior Darrius Heyward-Bey added a victory in the 55 (6.2 seconds).

Archbishop Spalding, ranked No. 9, got a lift from junior Cedric Zellner's victory in the 300 (36.2 seconds) and senior Brian Parker's win in the 3,200 (9:57).

The 800-relay squad of senior Will Maye and juniors Rob Daniels, Glenn Williams and Will Squire-Rogers won (1:34.6), and junior Jake Amato joined Maye, Daniels and Squire-Rogers to win the 1,600 relay (3:33) for No. 10 Archbishop Curley.

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