Alan McDavid wouldn't let a night of entertainment ruin his day of business.
The senior sprinter from Calvert Hall attended his prom Friday night, then took home four first-place ribbons from yesterday's McDonogh Invitation to complete a memorable weekend.
His standout performance led Calvert Hall to an easy team victory and established it as the team to beat at next week's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association meet at Calvert Hall.
Elizabeth Seton of Prince George's County took girls' team honors despite a triple-winning performance by McDonogh's Chanel Lattimer. McDonogh finished fourth in the meet that lost its final two relays when a lightning storm moved through the area.
McDavid, who is considering scholarship offers from Hampton, Florida State and Texas Christian, did his running in the heat of the day."I was fighting it today because I was out until 3 a.m.," said McDavid, who has yet to be beaten this year. "I was tired and I thought it was possible that I might get beat this time, so I tried to sleep on the bleachers, but everyone was throwing water on me."
Even on limited rest, McDavid was the best among the area's private school sprinters. He blistered to a 10.9 second timing in the 100-meter race, showed great stamina in winning the 400 in 50.9, then showed great versatility in winning the 200 in 22.1."That might have been my best race of the year, considering everything I went through," said McDavid, who also was on the winning 100 relay team.
Lattimer pulled the same trifecta, taking the 100, 200 and 400.
McDonogh also received a great performance from sophomore Joseph Perry, who easily won the 800 in 1:59.2, just missing the meet record of 1:59.1. Taking a quick lead, Perry was never challenged, winning by four seconds."I've never been under 2:00 before, so I'm really excited about this," he said. "This was a big meet for us because it was on our home turf."
McDonogh, like all other schools, couldn't handle Calvert Hall. The Cardinals also received a winning performance from Ben Glover, who came from off the pace to win the 1,600 in 4:39.6."We're really coming around," said Calvert Hall head coach Mary Bondyra, who founded the program 11 years ago.