Unbeaten Mt. St. Joseph finishes sweep

Gaels edge Calvert Hall in championship event

McDonogh wins IAAM

MIAA track and field championship

High Schools

May 16, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Only three years had passed since the Mount St. Joseph track and field team last won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship -- not a terribly long time by many standards.

Yet when the No. 1 Gaels captured the title at Calvert Hall yesterday, shouts of joy could be heard with sighs of relief.

"It feels like a weight off our shoulders," said Mount St. Joseph coach Jack Peach, whose team had just one crown to show for four consecutive undefeated dual-meet seasons in the MIAA. "We'd do well during the year, but then we'd get to this meet, and things would happen that didn't allow us to win. ... We showed we could pull it out today."

The Gaels needed all 127 of their points to nip No. 3 Calvert Hall, which had 124 points.

The key for Mount St. Joseph was the 800 meters. Trailing the Cardinals by four points with two events left, the Gaels collected a win and 10 points from Ryan Audy (2 minutes, 4.3 seconds) and a fourth-place finish and four points from Pat Burnett.

Meanwhile, Calvert Hall's third- and sixth-place finishes added up to seven points and gave Mount St. Joseph a three-point lead.

Needing to stay close to the Cardinals in the final two races, the Gaels finished second and fifth in the 400 and 1,600 relays, respectively. Calvert Hall was third and fourth, respectively.

The Cardinals had a triple winner in George Panniell, who took the 110 high hurdles (14.62 seconds) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (38.55) and teamed with Jasper Ihezie, Lemar Williams and Lucas Pardew to take the 800 relay (a meet-record 1:30.01).

Jarell Clinton won the long (21-9 1/4 ) and triple (44-4 3/4 ) jumps, but coach Adam Seripoonsup could only smile ruefully at a missed opportunity to extend the program's conference-leading championship total to five.

"The loss [to Mount St. Joseph] earlier in the season brought the team together, and they worked a lot for this," he said. "We're very disappointed."

IAAM championships

Three months removed from collecting the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title during the indoor season, No. 6 McDonogh won the outdoor version at the conference championships at Calvert Hall in Towson yesterday.

McDonogh registered 103 points. Runner-up and No. 5 Bryn Mawr -- which was aiming for its third conference title -- finished with 86 points.

The key for the Eagles, who lost to the Mawrtians last week in a dual meet, was sprinting.

Sophomore Devin Robinson, who skipped two races last week to conserve her energy, claimed the 100 meters (12.29 seconds) and the 200 (a meet-record time of 25.24 seconds). She also teamed with Anastasia Wynn, Brittany Harris and Brooke Staton to set meet records in the 400 relay (49.73 seconds) and the 800 relay (1 minute, 45.50 seconds).

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