McDonogh girls, Gilman boys repeat as track conference champions

McDonogh coach Sanborn thinks this year's team is one of the best in school history

February 04, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

LANDOVER — — The No. 1 McDonogh girls and No. 2 Gilman boys both repeated as conference champions at Friday's title meet — and neither had much trouble doing it.

Gilman used a mid-meet surge to take command en route to its second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association team title, winning by 51 points. But McDonogh left everyone even farther behind, posting an astounding 103-point margin of victory in the meet at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

The McDonogh girls turned the meet into a laugher almost immediately and finished with 182 points, far ahead of runner-up Spalding (79). McDonogh won 12 of the night's 15 events and eventually set five meet records while winning a third straight IAAM title.

The Eagles opened the meet by winning the 3,200-meter relay in 9:48.49, smashing the old meet record by 19.41 seconds.

Madeline Dulac (1,600 and 3,200, 5:02.02 and 11:14.61), Autumn Franklin (500, 1:19.05) and Jessica Caldwell (triple jump, 40-0) also set new marks. Caldwell's effort ranks number one in the entire nation, according to track site dyestat.com.

"We think it might be the [school's] best all-around team," said McDonogh coach Jeff Sanborn. "We've got six nationally-ranked events, which suggests this may be one of the best teams ever at McDonogh."

Caldwell said this team always wants to keep improving.

"We're pushing ourselves; that's what I like the most about our team," Caldwell said. "There's no cockiness. We work hard."

The Gilman boys finished with 151 points to beat out No. 4 Mount St. Joseph (100) and No. 5 Curley (95.5). Gilman's victories in the high jump and pole vault pushed it into first for good midway through the meet.

Peter Merritt took the high jump (5-8), and Michael Kane won the pole vault (12-6) for 20 points that put Gilman in charge. Merritt later won the 800 (2:02.60), and teammate Chris Watson set a meet record in the 500 (1:07.05).

Will Meadows added an impressive victory in the 3,200 (9:59.30).

"We try to score points in clumps," said Gilman coach Johnnie Foreman. "We try to get points in that manner."

Maggie Rampolla of Maryvale (pole vault, 9-0) and the Loyola 3,200 relay (8:05.02) also set meet records.

Kevin Tapper from Calvert Hall and Mount St. Joe's Ian Miles also had strong individual performances. Miles won the 55 dash (6.61), the 55 hurdles (7.97) plus the 300 (36.64) and ran on the victorious 800 relay. Tapper won the long jump (20-6.5) and the triple jump (43-0).

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