Bryn Mawr's track and field team isn't exactly loaded with depth. The Mawrtians have only about 15 girls on their team and are forced to do a lot with a little.
In fact, the lack of numbers often makes many on No. 6 Bryn Mawr compete in three or four events at meets, something that happened again in yesterday's McDonogh Private School Invitational. But the Mawrtians did just fine, as Cassandre Turner's wins in the high jump, long jump and triple jump helped them hold off No. 3 McDonogh, 96-83, for the team title.
FOR THE RECORD - An article in last Sunday's sports section incorrectly spelled the last name of Bryn Mawr track and field performer Cassandre Tanner.
The Sun regrets the errors.
The Mawrtians came away with five victories, while the Eagles won twice but used their depth to rack up plenty of points.
George Panniell and Jasper Ihezie both won twice and helped No. 3 Calvert Hall beat Archbishop Curley to win the title on the boys' side. The Cardinals finished with 91 points, just ahead of the Friars (87.5) and No. 10 McDonogh (72).
The Bryn Mawr girls had to use the first-place finishes for the bulk of their points.
"We've been able to do it with firsts," Bryn Mawr coach Sara Colangelo said of the 50 points from winning events. "Our biggest challenge is to overcome the fact that we don't have any depth."
Turner helped overcome that yesterday with the wins in the high jump (5 feet 2), long jump (16-1 3/4 ) and triple jump (34-0). The senior is headed to Dartmouth next year and has been nearly perfect, losing only once in the long jump.
"It was a good day," Turner said. "I was really focused in all my jumps."
Colangelo and Turner said the team is preparing for next weekend's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship at Calvert Hall - and this win will boost their confidence.
Laura Paulsen won the 3,200 for Bryn Mawr in 11:45.8 and also ran on the victorious 3,200 relay team with Leor Gold, Katy O'Donnell and Sinead Hyan. Paulsen also helped the 1,600 relay team finish second with Lisa Sussman, Maggie Farrand and Alex Thomas.
McDonogh's depth kept the Eagles close right up until the final events. Mackenzie Paull helped carry McDonogh by winning the pole vault (8-0), taking third in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles.
Devin Robinson gave the Eagles their other victory by taking the 100 dash in 12.5.
"You have to have quality to win your first places and get your 10 points," McDonogh coach Jeff Sanborn said. "But you have to be able to score in more than one place ... seconds and thirds add up to 14 points."
The question now is how the two teams will fare at next weekend's conference championship. Will McDonogh's depth be able to overcome the talent of Turner and friends? Laura Walls was the only other local runner to win more than once on the girls' side. The Glenelg Country School runner captured the 800 (2:24.5) and 1,600 (5:21.1).
Calvert Hall used the Bryn Mawr formula to win on the boys' side. Panniell won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles in 14.9 and 38.9 seconds, respectively, while Ihezie won the long jump (20-6) and triple jump (42-6 1/2 ).
In addition, Panniell and Ihezie ran on the victorious 800 relay team as the Cardinals won the team title despite missing a few athletes and letting most people stick to one event.
"We're gearing up for the [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association] championships next week," Calvert Hall coach Adam Stripoonsup said. "We wanted to get a couple more races under our belt and winning was a pleasant surprise."
Second-place Curley won the 400 relay and got victories from Dominic Devaud in the pole vault (11-6) plus Erik Silwick in the 3,200 (10:06.3). Third-place McDonogh rode Cameron Goldberg's wins in the discus (148-5) and shot put (45-1). Spalding's Cedric Zellner (100, 200) was the only other area athlete to win twice.