Mt. St. Joe boys, McDonogh girls take first at meet

track and field


January 06, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

LANDOVER -- The top-ranked Mount St. Joseph boys and McDonogh girls took the suspense out of last night's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association/Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland meet at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Both teams used their depth and talent to take command early, and each had first place wrapped up by the midway point.

Each also regularly scored points with more than one person in each race, allowing them pull away. Mount St. Joseph finished with 131 points to easily beat out No. 3 Gilman (68.5) on the boys' side. The McDonogh girls found similar success, accumulating 147 points in their win. No. 3 Seton Keough took second with 104.25.

Dwane Parker led the Gaels with wins in the triple jump (42 feet, 11 inches) and the 300-meter dash (36.1 seconds). He also finished second in the long jump. Mount St. Joseph also used victories from Chas Oliver (55 hurdles, 7.7) and Matt Parks (high jump, 6-2) plus a win in the 3,200 relay.

Tom Meyer, Kevin Abdo, Jimmy O'Keefe and Pat Terranova ran in that race, and the Gaels won in 8 minutes, 18.9 seconds. The Gaels won five of the 14 events and scored points in 12, coming up empty in only the 3,200 and the shot put.

"We had a lot of depth," Gaels coach Gene Constantine said. "We've improved by leaps and bounds in [each meet]."

Amanda Kimbers led McDonogh with wins in the 55-meter dash (6.9) and the 300 (41.0). She also ran on the victorious 800-meter relay (1:49.9) with Gloria Ogunsola, Nyerre Osiomwan and Tonamy Paterakis.

Kimbers also finished fifth in the long jump. She won the 300 in her first attempt at the race, and said the Eagles won't hesitate to try different things to score points.

"I feel like our team can do anything it wants," she said. "Everyone is trying to do new stuff, and we're coming out with points."

The Eagles also got wins from Christina Barnett (55 hurdles, 9.2), Chante Sandiford (shot put, 38-11) and Brooke Staton (long jump,16-6) along with winning the 1,600 relay in the night's final event. Ogunsola, Osiomwan, Barnett and Jameice DeCoster won that race in 4:20.7.

Said McDonogh coach Jeff Sanborn: "We're blessed with a lot of depth across the board."

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