Western, Mervo come away with city titles

Doves win 10th straight girls crown

Mustangs take sixth boys title in row

Track and field

January 30, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Western's indoor track and field team might be human, after all.

The No. 5 Doves, who have dominated the sport in Baltimore City, had to work to stave off a potential upset from Mervo and capture their 10th straight city championship at the 5th Regiment Armory last night.

Mervo captured its sixth consecutive boys crown - its ninth in the last 10 years - in accumulating 86 points.

But the story of the meet was Western's grip on the girls title - a grip that appeared to be loosening after Mervo had upended the Doves in a meet earlier this season.

The girls crown has resided with Western since championship meets began during the 1994-95 season, and sophomore Theresa Lewis made sure the trend continued.

Lewis claimed the 55-meter dash in 7.2 seconds, the 55 hurdles (8.2) and the shot put (32 feet) to pace the Doves to 114 points.

"Everybody was looking forward to see who won the city championships because we had competition this year," she said. "We kept it up. We still are good, even without everybody who graduated last year."

Sophomore Shalaiyah Sommerville chipped in with a victory in the 300 (41.4).

No. 3 Mervo, which compiled 97 points, was powered by a pair of freshmen. Quantika Stepney won the 500 (1:19.1) and the 800 (2:35.0), while Brittany Everett collected the 1,600 (5:56.0) and the 3,200 (13:25.2).

The duo then joined junior Martia Coleman and sophomore Joi Briscoe to take the 1,600 relay (4:26.1). And Coleman and Briscoe teamed with freshmen Nykiesha Sewell and Quantika Stepney to win the 3,200 relay (11:02.9).

Mustangs coach Ronald Neal said he expected his team to fall short against Western.

"We knew it would be close, but we're young," Neal said. "We're coming. It's not going to slow us down."

No. 10 Edmondson finished third with 56 points, courtesy of a victory in the 800 relay from its foursome of juniors Sherie Brown and Sierra Layne, sophomore Shawnte Dixon and freshman Diane Hunter (1:51.6).

Southern sophomore Josetta McDonald captured the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches).

On the boys side, Mervo settled things early, scoring at least eight points in 10 of 12 events to accumulate 136 and distance itself from the pack.

Senior Brandon Lynch, who picked up firsts in the 300 (38.1), 500 (1:10) and 800 (2:05.0), admitted he and his teammates had some worries.

"You're always nervous," he said. "That's why [winning] doesn't get boring. It's all about respect."

Junior Julius Coleman added a victory in the 1,600 (4:45.3), while freshman Milo Barry won the 3,200 (11:54.1).

The Mustangs won all three relays. The team of senior Steve Ladson, juniors Orlando Brown and Brandon Eaton and sophomore Roosevelt Cooper took the 800 relay (1:39.0); Brown, Eaton, Cooper and sophomore Richard Cannie the 1,600 relay (3:58.3); and senior Brandon Williams, sophomore Don Womack and freshmen Issac Richardson and Domonic McRay the 3,200 relay (9:53.6).

Poly, which finished second with 50 points, got two victories from senior Tyrell Smith - in the 55 (6.7) and the 55 hurdles (8.1) - two events that have traditionally belonged to Mervo.

"It feels pretty good because Mervo has been dominating the whole city, and this was my chance to show what I could do," Smith said. "They still got me in the 300 [third place in 39.0 seconds], though. I should've done better."

Southern, which placed third with 42 points, boasted winners in senior Ryan Jones in the high jump (5-10) and junior Gerome Jones in the shot put (47-3).

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