McDonogh girls, Gilman boys claim track championships

Eagles win 13 of 18 events while Greyhounds win with balance

May 14, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The top-ranked McDonogh girls and No. 1 Gilman boys once again removed much of the suspense from the championship meet for local private schools.

McDonogh used its depth to crush the rest of the field and win its eighth consecutive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland team title in the meet that concluded Saturday at Calvert Hall. Gilman employed the same formula and rolled to a third straight title.

The Eagles completely dominated the IAAM meet. They won 13 of the 18 events and finished with 189 points, far ahead of Mount de Sales (58.3) and Maryvale (57).

"At some point, it will end," said McDonogh coach Jeff Sanborn. "But we've been fortunate. Once again, we performed very well."

McDonogh racked up lots of points in the sprints and relays. Autumne Franklin won three individual events — capturing the 100-meter hurdles (14.65 seconds) as well as the 300 hurdles (45.25) and the 200 (25.27).

Jasmine Robinson and Jessica Caldwell also each won two events. Robinson took the 100 (12.12) and 400 (57.48). Caldwell captured the long jump (17 feet, 5.5 inches) and triple jump (39-2.5).

In addition, McDonogh swept all four relays, 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

Gilman didn't score as big of a rout, but the Greyhounds posted 178 points. That was more than enough to beat No. 2 Archbishop Curley (122), who got strong performances from several athletes, including Dave Ozarowski, winner of both the 1,600 (4:22.55) and 3,200 (9:31.96).

For the Greyhounds, though, it was the kind of balance that coach Johnnie Foreman likes. He said his team worked and trained harder this spring, and all of that work paid off.

"Our training was just harder this year," Foreman said. "That's how we built our team. The [harder training], that allowed us to get better results."

Football star Darius Jennings led the way in this meet. He won the 100 (11.01) and 400 (49.29) and took second in the 200. Michael Kane won the pole vault (12 feet, six inches), and the Greyhounds posted a number of points throughout the relays.

Gilman won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays for 30 more points as it pulled away in the final part of the meet.

In addition to Ozarowski, Ian Miles of Mount St. Joseph and Kevin Tapper from Calvert Hall each scored two victories.

Miles won the 100 hurdles (14.83) and the 300 hurdles (39.22). Tapper took the long jump (20-9.75 inches) and triple jump (45-3.75).

The first day of the meet was on Wednesday at Calvert Hall. The starting time for Saturday's second part of the competition was moved up an hour in an attempt to avoid the expected rain storms.

BALTIMORE CITY: The No. 5 Carver boys and No. 5 Western girls repeated as champions at the city title meet Saturday at Mervo. Western rolled up 211 points, far ahead of Poly (134.5). Carver (208) routed Digital Harbor (122.5).

For the Western girls, Brinae Robinson won the 800 and 1,600. Regina Summerville took the 100 and 300 hurdles. Carver showed its depth by winning various events, but the performance of Maurice Taylor (wins in the long jump, triple jump, 200) led the way.

BALTIMORE COUNTY: Hereford swept the Baltimore County championship meet Saturday at Pikesville, just like last year. The No. 2 Hereford girls finished with 102 points, edging out Catonsville (95). The No. 4 Bulls had an easier time on the boys' side, ending with 112 points to beat out Franklin (71).

For the boys, Charlie Ryan won both the shot and discus. The Bulls also won the 3,200 relay. Emily VandeWater won the 800 and 1,600. Catonsville got a big performance from Zoey Whittington as she won the 100, 200 and 400.

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