Brooks, S. Keough hit stride at IAAM

Mount St. Joe uses depth to capture MIAA title

January 19, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

LANDOVER -- Erin Brooks made sure that No. 4 Seton Keough won the Interscholastic Athletic Associatioon of Maryland indoor track championship.

The senior captured four events to score 40 points and carry the Gators to a team title for the second straight year, again surprising top-ranked McDonogh, last night at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

On the boys' side, Mount St. Joseph didn't have much trouble winning the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title for the 11th time in 13 years.

The second-ranked Gaels finished with 119.5 points, easily beating No. 6 Gilman (83) and Calvert Hall (79.5), which hung close for a while until Mount St. Joseph pulled away.

But Brooks and Seton Keough were the stories last night.

The Gators upset McDonogh to win last year but lost to the Eagles three times during this indoor season. Despite that, they kept pointing to this meet.

Brooks won the triple jump (a meet-record 39 feet, 8.5 inches), long jump (a meet-record 17-5.75), 55-meter dash (7.35) and 300 meters(42.14) to help the Gators finish with 134 points.

McDonogh led for parts of the meet, but couldn't hold on, taking second with 115 points.

"I was hoping to [win four]," Brooks said. "That was my goal. Now I'm tired, and I want to go home and lay down."

Said Seton Keough coach Jim Lancaster: "She carried us."

Mount St. Joseph used its depth to win the boys title. Dorian Johnson won the long jump (20-1.5) and triple jump (a meet-record 45-0), and took second in the 55-meter hurdles.

Teammate Terence Johnson won that race (8.18). Andy Darmody captured the pole vault (12-0), and Mount St. Joseph also won the 800 relay (1:33.7).

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