Western girls, Poly boys repeat as city champs

Track And Field

January 27, 2009|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Different year, same results.

The Western girls and Poly boys had little trouble repeating as Baltimore City champions at the title meet last night at the 5th Regiment Armory.

For No. 3 Western, it was the team's 18th consecutive championship. The Doves have won each since they moved from the then-Maryland Scholastic Association (now the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association), and they took this title by showing their depth to post 133 points and beat out Digital Harbor (109).

"It was pretty much using what we have in all areas," said Western coach Alicia Williams, who ran on a few of those title teams. "We just try to keep our spirits high and have fun."

The Doves removed the fun for their opponents by winning seven of the night's 12 events. Brinae Robinson won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 31.26 seconds) and the 1,600 yards (5:37.00).

The No. 8 Poly boys stuck to the same formula for their third straight championship under coach Steve Williams. Getting a lot of points from a lot of places helped the Engineers pile up 124 and run away from runner-up Edmondson (61).

Poly also won seven of the 12 events, scoring all over the place to pull out the victory. Michael Houston won the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and the 500 (1:08.95). Vincent Parker took the shot put (39-11), and Kenneth Andoll (7.93) won the 55-meter hurdles.

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