The Calvert Hall Cardinals aren't a star-studded team. As they proved yet again yesterday at Gilman, they're just a winning team.
The Cardinals, capturing six gold medals, scored in all but one event in winning their third Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Track and Field championship in five years.
Calvert Hall used its depth to rack up 192 points, beating out Gilman (130), Mount St. Joseph (87), Archbishop Curley (53) and Loyola (41).
"I think the biggest thing for us all year is that, while we haven't won every event, we've been able to score with a lot of seconds, thirds and fourths," said Calvert Hall coach Mary Bondyra "This team just has so much depth. I think because there aren't a whole lot of standouts, they all kind of help each other along."
After finishing third at the meet a year ago, the Cardinals -- who returned all but two members from that team -- set their sights on returning to the form that gained them MIAA titles in 1994 and 1995.
What they accomplished this season, however, far surpassed that.
With yesterday's victory, Calvert Hall completed an unbeaten season, winning every dual meet and every invitational, including last week's Private Schools state meet. A year ago, the Cardinals lost by a half-point at the Glenelg Invitational. This year, they won by 40.
"We thought we might win last year, but we lost," said Colin Gause, who took first in the 400 meters with a meet-record 49.3, finished third in the 200 and anchored the winning 1,600 relay team. "After that, we said this year we were all going to work hard and win."
Other winners for Calvert Hall yesterday included Uzoma Nwadike (300 intermediate hurdles) and the 400, 800 and 1,600 relay teams. High jumper Ryan Olkowski won his event Friday with a personal-best 6-feet, 10-inch effort.
It was also a memorable day for senior Wayne Brown of Archbishop Curley, who won the 110 hurdles, 100 and 200, the latter two events for the third straight year.
The meet's most outstanding track performer finished his career with the Friars with nine gold medals.
"Once you win one time, you want to win it again," said Brown, who ran a career-best 14.3 seconds in the hurdles. "It's almost automatic. You're just pumped up for it."
Pub Date: 5/24/98