Mount St. Joseph, along with Calvert Hall toast of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association to date, knows how to get the most out of its athletes.
The Gaels' leading point scorers are Cordis Stanfield and captain Dan Ramirez. They run four events in a meet, including relays, and usually earn points in each.
In the first MIAA meet of the indoor season, Stanfield was second in the mile, third in the 600, fifth in the mile and tossed in a leg on the victorious 3,200-meter relay for good measure.
"Cordis is a dream for a coach," said coach Gene Constantine. "He's a tireless worker who leads by example."
Ramirez, a junior whose PSAT results indicate a potential for a 1,200 SAT and who carries a 3.6 grade-point average, can be counted on at any distance from 400 meters to 2 miles.
Senior Glenn Littlefield leads the field event contingent, having snapped off high-jump victories at the MIAA and Towson Relays at 6-2 and at the Dickinson Invitational at 6-4.
"Glenn is going to jump 6-6 in competition soon, because he does it every day in practice," said Constantine.
At Dickinson, a 38-school affair, Calvert Hall led the boys' meet with three first places. Allen McDavid doubled in the 55 and 200-meter dashes and set a Kline Center record in the latter (23.35). Mike Talbott had the Cards' other win in the long jump (20-8).
In the girls' meet, McDonogh's Kacie Remeto won the 800 (2: 27.8) and took second in the 1,600 (5: 21.4), Glen Burnie's Susan Sperduto captured the shot put (38-1), teammate Katie Sloan was third in the mile (5: 24.8), Catholic's Ann Thomas took fourth in the 2-mile (12: 07.2), and Meade's Shakia Johnson was sixth in the 55-meter dash (7.7).
The running at the 5th Regiment Armory was just about through, and Poly distance man Alex Scally was assessing his evening. "Not too good," he said despite scoring a mile-2 mile double. "The 1,600 earlier was too easy. I ran alone most of the way."
Scally followed up the 4: 52 with an 11: 10 breeze in the 3,200-meter test. Once again, he found himself circling the track accompanied only by coach David Mack calling out his lap splits: 44 45 46 42 40. Finished, let's go home.
"I should have done 5: 05 in the first mile, not 5: 22. Pushed, I should do 5: 15 in the second mile," said the city cross-country champion who, as he put it, "got blasted in the states, finishing 24th."
There's a reason why the junior all-Baltimore City-County selection pushes so hard. "I have to get a scholarship to go to college -- have to," he explains, simply.
Individual winners at a Baltimore County meet at the 5th Regiment Armory Tuesday:
Boys: 55-hurdles, Brown (Woodlawn), 7.7; mile, Mitchell (Towson), 4: 51.6; 55-dash, Cromwell (Western T&E;), 6.7; shot put, Marion (Lansdowne), 44-5; 500, Harvey (Dulaney), 1: 14.2; high jump, O'Hara (Parkville), 5-10; 300, Donaldson (Woodlawn), 38.9.
Girls: 55-hurdles, Henderson (Woodlawn), 8.8; 1,600, Daehille (Dulaney), 5: 53.1; shot put, Wolfe (Perry Hall), 28-6; 500, Twardzik (Dulaney), 1: 28.5; 55, Bernstein (Dulaney), 7.4; pole vault, Pann (Perry Hall), 8-0; 300, Bernstein (Dulaney), 45.6; high jump, Kuehne (Dulaney) 5-4; 3,200-relay, Perry Hall, 10: 44.6.