McDonogh wins IAAM track title, Gilman claims MIAA crown

Brown leads Eagles to victory

Greyhounds hold off McDonogh, Curley

May 16, 2010|By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun

The No. 2 McDonogh girls removed most of the suspense from the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship meet early on.

But the top-ranked Gilman boys were forced to deal with lots of suspense.

McDonogh ran away from the field to rack up 215 points and capture its seventh consecutive IAAM team title. The Eagles had little trouble beating No. 9 Maryvale, which finished with 103.

But Gilman needed to come up big in the final few events to repeat as the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion. The Greyhounds finished with 134 points to edge No. 5 McDonogh (115) and No. 3 Archbishop Curley (90).

The McDonogh girls didn't have any problems in this meet. They showed their depth and talent to win 13 of the 18 events.

"It definitely is our showcase," said Virginia Tech-bound senior Kristen Brown. "We want to show everyone that we work really hard, and we work as a team."

The Eagles also won as a team. Brown won the 100 hurdles (14.48), long jump (17-9.5), and finished third in the 100. She also ran on the 400 relay team that was going to win before a botched handoff led to a disqualification.

Candace Hendricks easily won the shot put (36-1) and the discus (124-11). Madeline Dulac set a meet record when she captured the 3,200 in 11:08.06. She also won the 1,600 (5:12.79) and ran on the victorious 3,200 relay team.

Jasmine Robinson won the 100 (12.40), 200 (26.47) and took third in the 400 and ran on the second-place 1,600 relay team. The Eagles also captured the 800 relay, Autumne Franklin set a meet record in the 300 hurdles (45.03), Jordyn Glaser took the 400 (57.54) and Jessica Caldwell won the triple jump (37-7).

"It's one thing to be the best team on paper, but you've got to show up and perform," said McDonogh coach Jeff Sanborn. "I think we've done really well."

Gilman, McDonogh and Curley battled throughout the day. But Gilman broke it open late when Darius Jennings won the 200 (22.51). The Greyhounds then took second and third in the 800 and later won the 1,600.

"The kids really wanted it," said Gilman coach Johnnie Foreman. "They really wanted to repeat."

Gilman also won the 800 and 3,200 relays to back up the team concept that Foreman preaches. The Greyhounds won the regular-season title indoors but couldn't take the title meet. They won the team title this spring and finished the job here.

McDonogh got another spectacular performance from Rice-bound senior Justin Gross, who won four events. He won the 110 hurdles (14.91), 300 hurdles (38.35), long jump (24-2.75, a meet record) and triple jump (46-7) and nearly carried the Eagles to the title himself.

Loyola's Matt Jablonski was the other multiple-event winner as he took the 800 (1:55.47) and the 1,600 (4:24.00).

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