Mervo boys, girls sweep city championships again

Mustangs rule course at Herring Run Park

Cross country

High Schools

October 26, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

For the second year in a row, Mervo swept the Baltimore City boys and girls cross country championships, which were lengthened to 3.1 miles, at Herring Run Park yesterday. The Mustangs are the only team to sweep the city titles back-to-back.

In the boys meet, senior Julius Coleman of Mervo took first place after a finishing seven seconds off the pace last year. Coleman was paced by teammates Issac Richardson (second) and Bryant Brown (fifth), who finished 29 and 32 seconds behind, respectively. The Mustangs boys had three of the top five runners overall. Poly was second.

In the girls meet, the Mustangs were led by freshman Kitria Stewart, sophomore Quantikia Stepney and sophomore Nykiesha Sewell, all of whom finished in the top five.

Digital Harbor's girls were vying for the new school's first cross country championship. But the Rams' Brittany Griffin stumbled to the ground around the two-mile mark, leaving Western freshman Katara Logan and Mervo freshman Kitria Stewart to battle for first and second place. Stewart finished four seconds behind Logan, whose time was 20:28.

Both the boys and girls matches were dominated by alums of a cross country club team, the Baltimore Track Club, coached by Jerry Molyneaux and funded by the city's Recreation and Parks Department.

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