Western's girls and Mervo's boys won the City Indoor Track Championships at the 5th Regiment Armory last night. Ho-hum.
Western has never been challenged for the title since the championships were inaugurated in 1994, although Mervo gave the Doves a run for their money early before succumbing, 147-96.
Meanwhile, Mervo, which has won every year but one, blistered its field by piling up 152.33 points. Poly finished second with 61.33 points.
Western was considered vulnerable this time, considering its graduation losses from last season. Although the Doves weren't as dominant as last year, when they scored 195 points, they still swamp opponents in waves.
Leading the charge this time was Sharonda Boone, winning the 55 and 300, Takee Jobe, who took the 2-mile and was second in the mile, and Shannon Ramsey, who took the high jump and was second in the hurdles. All told, Western won four events, finished second in four more and captured all three relays.
Individual honors have to go to April Mullen of Mervo, however. She won at 500 meters and just seemed to keep on going while winning the 800 and 1,600 and running a solid leg on the 3,200 relay. Mervo was still within striking distance after five events, but then Western went on a 46-9 tear in the hurdles, dash and high jump.
Mervo led just 12-10 after two events and was still within hailing distance after three, 27-20, when the Mustangs took off. Quickly, Jabari Bush won the 500, Kevin Merrick took the hurdles and Kelly Jackson won the shot.
After getting just a third in the 55, Mervo was back cruising with Merrick and Andrew Hackett sweeping the high jump, both at 5 feet, 6 inches, and Colby Smith, Reggie Stevenson and Jamaal Colbert finishing 2-3-4 behind Poly's Alex Scally in the 2-mile.
Hackett added the 800, and Mervo won all three relays. Scally turned in a distance double, taking the mile in 4: 47 and ran a decent quarter as Poly got up for second in the mile relay.