McDonogh girls upset

Mt. St. Joe rolls to win

Indoor Track

January 20, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

LANDOVER -- The top-ranked Mount St. Joseph boys had little trouble rolling to an easy victory in last night's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association indoor track and field championship meet.

That wasn't a surprise to many. But what happened on the girls' side, in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title meet, was a much different story, as No. 3 Seton Keough upset top-ranked McDonogh for the team title at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

McDonogh was the defending champion, but Seton Keough got a lot of points from a lot of places to finish with 145, edging the second-place Eagles (129).

"I thought 140 points would win the meet," Seton Keough coach Jim Lancaster said. "I told the girls that we've got to be a team, and tonight's their night. They had an amazing night."

Colleen Shea and Erin Brooks led the way. Brooks won the triple jump (36 feet, 11 inches) and the 55 meters (7.17 seconds). She also took second in the 300 and long jump - giving Seton Keough 36 points on her own.

Shea captured the 500 (1 minute, 21.27 seconds) and the 800 (2:20.90) and ran on the victorious 3,200 relay team (10:18.40). That helped the Gators score 30 more points.

Teammate Allison Doyle won the 3,200 (11:50.05), while Megan Voorhees captured the pole vault (7-6).

For McDonogh, Christina Barnett won the 55 hurdles (9.13) before the Eagles took first in the 800 relay (1:46.83) and, later, the 1,600 relay (4:15.99).

Chante Sandiford (39-8 1/2 ) and Lily Benjamin gave McDonogh a 1-2 finish in the shot put. Jemeice DeCoster won the 300 in 40.68, edging Brooks in that race. Brooke Staton gave the Eagles their other victory, beating Brooks in the long jump (16-10 3/4 ).

On the boys side, Mount St. Joseph took charge early. The Gaels won last year's regular-season conference title before falling to McDonogh in the championship meet.

Last night, the Gaels' Duane Parker won the 300 (36.51), long jump (21-5 1/2 ), triple jump (42- 11 1/2 ) and led off the victorious 800 relay team (1:34.80).

Jordan Harris won the 55 hurdles (7.80 seconds), an event in which Mount St. Joseph got 22 points, thanks to Chas Oliver (second) and Aaron Watts (fourth). Matt Parks gave the Gaels another victory, in the high jump (6-0).

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