McDonogh girls, Thomas Johnson boys capture team championships

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April 05, 2009|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Top-ranked McDonogh brought only seven girls to Saturday's Pikesville Track Classic, but the Eagles still managed to pull out a tough victory.

Despite holding out three of their top athletes, the Eagles used the talents of Kristen Brown and six teammates to finish with 68 points, beating Thomas Johnson (61), No. 7 Catonsville (58.5) and No. 3 Western (55) in the 40-team meet at Pikesville.

"We only brought a handful here, but we did well," said Alrick Munroe, McDonogh's co-coach with Jeff Sanborn. "They really stepped up."

Brown won the 100 hurdles in 14.38 seconds and took second in the long jump. Moriah Young finished second in the shot put and third in the discus. The Eagles' Jessica Caldwell (34 feet, 6 inches) and Nyerre Osiomwan (34-4.5) took first and second in the triple jump.

Maura Linde from Century had one of the top individual performances, winning the 1,600 (5 minutes, 10.04 seconds) and the 3,200 (11:40.20).

Thomas Johnson of Frederick County won four field events and took second in another to take the boys team title with 62 points. Severna Park was the top local finisher, taking third with 38. No. 10 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel finished fourth with 34, and top-ranked Mount St. Joseph was sixth (28).

Injuries have hampered Mount St. Joseph, which was missing Dorian Johnson (out for the season with a foot stress fracture) and Kyle Fuller (hip problem, possibly back in a week). Still, the Gaels received strong showings from Duane Parker (long jump, 21-10) and others.

"I saw a lot of good things here," Mount St. Joseph coach Vince Fuller said. "We ran three freshmen today, and they really did well."

Zach Sullivan of Archbishop Spalding turned in one of the meet's most impressive performances, running away from Atholton's Graham Bazell to win the 3,200 in 9:11.36. Sullivan broke away in the final laps to win by nearly 27 seconds.

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