Gilman, McDonogh win MIAA, IAAM track championships

Greyhounds capture fourth straight title

Eagles take ninth consecutive crown

May 12, 2012|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Top-ranked Gilman used its depth to capture a fourth straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association track and field title Saturday afternoon at Archbishop Spalding. Taking advantage of their talent across the board in sprints, distance, relays and field events, the Greyhounds finished with 202.5 points to easily beat No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (147)

On the girls' side, top-ranked McDonogh used strong performances from Autumne Franklin, Jessica Caldwell and others for 137 points, pulling away late from Maryvale (89) for a ninth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title.

The depth that has carried the Greyhounds all season allowed them to win the title. Gilman won nine of the 18 events in the two-day meet — and several athletes pitched in.

"The [depth] definitely helps people focus on their individual events," Gilman's Peter Merritt said. "It speaks to the coaching. They prepare us so well."

The Yale-bound Merritt anchored the victorious 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams. Merritt also won the high jump (6 feet 1) and 800 meters (1:55.80). He ran with Matt Schlerf, Kevin Chen and Jibri McLean on the 3,200 relay that set a meet record in 7 minutes, 42.61 seconds.

Cyrus Jones, known for his football skills and headed to Alabama, won the 100 (10.89) and 200 (22.00). Pennsylvania-bound Will Meadows ended his MIAA career by winning the 1,600 (4:21.46) and finishing second in the 3,200.

McLean also won the 400 (49.56), and Uchenna Ihenatu took the discus (156-3).

Franklin and Caldwell led the way for the McDonogh girls. Franklin, who is headed to Harvard, took first in the 100 hurdles (14.56) and 300 hurdles (44.91). She also won the 400 in 58.28 and ran on the championship 1,600 relay team.

Caldwell, bound for Virginia, won the long jump (17-1.5) and triple jump (37-6) and took third in the 100 hurdles. Freshman Lakin Hatcher also helped by winning the 100 (12.55) and 200 (24.90).

"We just kept the faith, and we kept pushing," Caldwell said. "Everyone has their certain spots, and we all work together."

Catholic's Ellie Gonzalez ran away from the field to win the 1,600 (4:57.68) and the 3,200 (10:39.50, meet record). Mount St. Joseph got a three-victory performance from Ian Miles, who won the 110 hurdles (14.10), 300 hurdles (39.60) and long jump (22-10).

The Maryvale girls stayed close thanks to strong work in the field events. They took the top three spots in the high jump, thanks to Jasmine Brown (5-2, first), Stephanie Taylor (5-2, second) and Liz Anne Kennelly (5-0).

Also Saturday, the Poly boys and Western girls captured team titles at the Baltimore City championship meet at Mervo.

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