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Doves, Mervo take city crowns; Indoor track


Western High's girls won their seventh straight Baltimore indoor championship at the 5th Regiment Armory yesterday, and Mervo, having lost last winter, won its sixth city boys title.

All Western did, while piling up 195 points, was quadruple the score of its nearest competitor, winning all but one of the 11 events.

Western took the title for the seventh time, the same number of times the title has been up for grabs.

Mervo was nearly as impressive on the boys' side, gaining revenge for losing to City College last year, the only time it hasn't come out on top in the meet's history.

"Take these names down," said Western coach Jerry Molyneaux when asked to name the key performers in his team's success: "Toni Jefferson, Tia Burley, Layla Acirfa, Lisa Henry and Melinda McLaughlin."

The five, who between them took part in 18 events, including relays, came out with six victories, five seconds, and a sweep of the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter relays.

The only event Western didn't capture was the shot put, which went to Lisa Owens, of Douglass, with a toss of 33 feet, 10 inches.

In the boys competition, Mervo flashed its depth with wins in the three relays, the 300, 500 and hurdles, 2-3 placement in the high jump, and 2-3-4 finishers in the 800.

The race of the evening, easily, was the boys' 3,200 meters, in which Northwestern's Marvin Jerdan won by an eye-blink in 10: 57.9. Poly's Alex Scally, losing to a city competitor for the first time this season, was clocked at 10: 58.0.

"I wasn't even thinking about time, just running to win," said Jerdan, who moved out of the pack with two laps left. "At the top of the last straightaway, I moved even. Then it was a sprint."

Pub Date: 2/05/99

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