Unless the team bus breaks down or Mount St. Joseph otherwise has problems making it to Essex Community College next Saturday, the Gaels will again rule as Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association indoor track champions.
First by wide margins in the first two league meets, including yesterday's 146-point effort, all the Mount has to do is finish in the top three in the MIAA's third and final go-around on Saturday to retain its crown.
The same holds true among the girls, with Spalding flashing a similar dominance over an eight-school field.
Mount St. Joe placed 23 point-scorers in the 12 events, including a 1-2-3 finish in the high jump and victories in three other contests.
"Our team is a bunch of kids who show up and run their hearts out in as many races as we can get them into. They don't show up, compete once and go home," said coach Gene Constantine.
Individual standouts for the Gaels included Noud Vanstekelenburg, who took the shot put with a heave of 52 feet, 1 inch; Nick Wright, who won the high jump at 6-2; and Tom Batemen, who was best in the pole vault at 10-6.
Double-winners were Chris Knott of Loyola, in the mile (4 minutes, 46.4 seconds) and two-mile (10: 10.9), and Allen McDavid of Calvert Hall, in the 60 (6.6) and 300 (35.4).
Aaron Johnson of Calvert Hall, who ran a 4: 29.7 mile at a recent meet at Virginia Tech, moved down for a speed workout in the 600 and romped in 1: 12.3.
A triple-winner among the girls was Kelly Zuknick of Spalding. She ran alone in the two-mile early (12: 07.7) and, while waiting for the mile, captured the high jump in 4-10. She then completed the trifecta with an eased-up 5: 23.
Pub Date: 2/14/99