Western High wins Pikesville Track Classic

Loyola's Jablonski, bound for Penn Relays, sets meet record in 1,600

April 11, 2010|By Jeff Seidel | Special To The Baltimore Sun

No. 2 Western had a memorable indoor season, capping it by winning a state championship. The Doves found the same success in outdoor track Saturday, scoring a victory against a tough field at the Pikesville Track Classic.

The Doves finished with 77 points to easily beat Oxon Hill (52), No. 9 Old Mill (51) and No. 1 McDonogh (50). Relays played a big part in the Western victory as the Doves won two, the 400 and 3,200 meters, and took second in the 1,600 and third in the 800.

They also got some good individual performances from Desiree Vaughn, who won the 200 (25.17) and took second in the 100. Ajada Thomas finished second in the high jump, and Brinae Robinson (800) and Lahni Clifton (400) added third-place finishes.

Thomas Johnson, from Frederick County, won the boys team title with 120 points, routing the rest of the field.

Two of the day's better races came in the 1,600-meter runs. Loyola's Matt Jablonski out-kicked Robbie Creese of Glenelg at the end to edge him. Jablonski, The Baltimore Sun's Runner of the Year in cross country last fall, won in a meet-record time of 4:17.44, beating Creese by 1.07 seconds.

Jablonski also won the 800 later in the day as he prepares for the Penn Relays on April 23.

"To close like that has got to give him a lot of confidence for the Penn Relays," Loyola distance coach Chris Cucuzella said. "This was a step towards the Penn Relays."

On the girls' side, Stephanie Bryan from Thomas Johnson went out fast and held on to beat Century's Maura Linde, the Performer of the Year indoors. Bryan won in 5:01.73 (a meet record), beating out Linde's 5:03.97.

Bryan then won the 3,200 in 10:53.61, beating McDonogh's Madeline Dulac (second) and Linde (third).

Digital Harbor's Alyssa McClure won the 100 meters in 12.16 seconds. McClure recently committed to the University of Miami and looks to be all the way back from a tweaked hamstring she suffered at the indoor state championships.

"It feels good now," McClure said. "It doesn't hurt. I'm ready to go."

Also locally, Old Mill's Alexis Franklin was the only athlete to win two events. She captured the 100 hurdles (14.85) and 300 hurdles (43.23) to help the Patriots finish third overall.

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