Mt. St. Joseph, Century ease to Falcon Invitational titles

Gaels take crown by 65

Knights' girls win by 35 1/2

Track and field

High Schools

April 04, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Mount St. Joseph boys and Century girls track and field teams each took home first-place trophies in the Falcon Invitational at Winters Mill in Westminster yesterday.

The No. 2 Gaels, who collected their eighth consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association indoor title this past winter, won the boys title in the 14-team field by 65 points.

The Knights, who claimed the Carroll County championship last spring, were nearly as overwhelming, winning by 35 1/2 points.

Although the invitational gave Mount St. Joseph coach Jack Peach an opportunity to experiment, with several athletes competing in events other than their primary ones, sophomore Garnell Hall said the team's mind-set was the same.

"We come with the same attitude to every track meet: We want to win," he said. "It's our school tradition."

Hall contributed to the Gaels' 157 1/2 -point total by taking the 200-meter dash in 22.6 seconds and joining seniors Marvin Webster and Matt Goldberg and junior Jim Butler to win the 400 relay in 45.9.

Mount St. Joseph, which earned at least five points in 15 of 18 events, had a number of other individual champions.

Senior Ryan Audy won the 1,600 (4 minutes, 37.1 seconds), junior Drew Libertini the high jump (5 feet 10 inches), sophomore Justin Payne the triple jump (41-11 1/2 ), senior Tyler Blatchley the discus (144-6 1/2 ) and senior Derek Walker the pole vault (12 feet).

Winters Mill, which placed second with 92 1/2 points, was paced by junior Chris Stinnette, who took the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.3 seconds) and ran legs on the victorious 800 (1:37.9) and 1,600 relay (3:39.9) teams.

Drew Graybeal of Glenelg was the only male athlete to win two individual events. The senior scored in the 400 (50 seconds) and the 800 (2:02.2) to get his final high school campaign off to a good start.

"I was hoping," Graybeal said of his expectations in the 400 and 800. "It gives you a positive outlook for the season."

Century got a major boost in its hopes for this spring by compiling 145 1/2 points. Senior Stephanie Dickerson posted victories in the 100 (12.5) and the 200 (25.9), teamed with junior Teresa Yannone and sophomores Christina Mougey and Jamie Shinault to take the 400 relay (53.3) and joined Yannone, Mougey and freshman Brittany Lewis to win the 800 relay (1:53.7).

"When you're first out of 14 teams, it shows a lot," Dickerson said. "It pretty much gives us a boost."

The Knights, who scored at least 1 1/2 points in 13 events, also boasted champions in junior Lindsay Carlson in the high jump (4-6), sophomore Dana Reeser in the shot put (38-3 3/4 ) and senior Renee Rowe in the discus (94-5 1/2 ).

Winters Mill finished second with 110 points, helped by victories from freshman Allison Hart in the 800 (2:33.6) and junior Jenna Contestabile in the pole vault (6-6).

Ashley Duckett of Mount de Sales and Kamil Maclin of Edgewood each took two events. Duckett claimed the 100 high hurdles (14.7) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.7).

Maclin, who spent much of last year in the shadow of three-time Class 2A state champion Lauren Dunn, won the long jump (15-4), then surprised herself by taking the triple jump (34-1).

"I'm not even adjusted to it fully yet," said Maclin, who hadn't attempted the triple jump until this year. "I'm just jumping, but I'm getting used to it."

Towson Catholic freshman Devon Williams, recently selected by Track & Field News as the High School Women's Athlete of the Year for indoor track, was first in the 400 (59.5 seconds) and ran a leg on the Owls' winning 1,600 relay team (4:22.5).

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