Western girls, Carver boys roll to city track titles

Robinson wins 800, 1,600 as No. 2 Doves reclaim crown after 18-year streak ended last year

Bears capture 3rd straight championship

February 02, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The Western girls had been pointing toward this year's Baltimore City indoor track and field championship meet for a long time.

Last year, the Doves suffered a few bad breaks at the title meet and saw their 18-year winning streak end. But No. 2 Western sent a loud message to the rest of the city in Wednesday night's title meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory — the Doves are flying again.

The Doves finished with 141 points, leaving second-place Poly (60.5) far behind. Carver also turned in an impressive performance on the boys side, winning its third consecutive team title.

Western coach Alicia Williams said her team was frustrated by last year's second-place finish and is glad to be back on top once more.

"Last year was a hiccup for us," Williams said.

Brinae Robinson, who battled some tough health problems in last year's meet, came up big this time around. She won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 43 seconds) and the 1,600 (6:03) and lost by less than half a second to Northwestern's Imani Daye (1:23.40) in the 500.

"I'm glad we came back and re-started [winning titles]," Robinson said. "All season we've been talking about coming back here and winning."

The Doves bounced back last year and went on to win the region and state titles, and they've got the depth to make noise at both of those meets this year. Western swept the top three spots in the 1,600 and 3,200 — giving it 48 points right there — and also got a victory from Nakiaiah Johnson in the 3,200. Times were not available for that race.

Destiny Stokes also helped Western by taking fourth in the 55, sixth in the 300 and running on the victorious 800 relay team (1:50.97). That's the kind of balance the Doves always use.

The Carver boys used similar depth and talent to roll to their team title. They finished with 109 points to rout Digital Harbor (65) and Poly (62).

The Bears got wins in different spots. Davin Jones took the 55 hurdles (6.77) just ahead of teammate Davon Tildon's 6.78. Carlton Sheppard won the 800 (2:03), and Aaron Dove captured the 55 hurdles (8.0).

Dove strained his hamstring in practice Monday, yet got through the race and gave his team some big points as it won a third straight city title.

"He was in pain," Carver coach Stephen Kimes said. "But he battled through it. I'm proud of him."

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