It was fairly routine for the Mount St. Joseph boys and veteran coach Gene Constantine, but rather new and exciting for the Bryn Mawr girls and first-year coach Amy Buck.
Mount St. Joseph ran away with the boys title for the third time in four years while Bryn Mawr was the surprise girls' champion at yesterday's McDonogh private schools track and field invitational in Owings Mills.
Seven boys and five girls meet records were set yesterday in the 25-school event under sunny skies until dark clouds and some light rain came late in the afternoon.
Premier hurdler Nick Wright, long jumper Andre Jones and pole-vaulter Rob Ludwig set four meet records as Mount St. Joe amassed 139 team points. Bowling Brook was second (76.5) and Gilman third (64).
"I thought we might be kinda weak this year because we are so young," said Wright, who will run at Howard University next year.
One of just five seniors on the Gaels, Wright set records in the 110-meter (14.3 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (38.8) while Jones established a new mark in the long jump at 22 feet 3/4 . Ludwig soared 12-0 in the pole vault.
Severn distance runner Chris Foster joined Wright, Bullis sprinter Cliff Woodard and Gilman thrower Tom Turner as double winners.
On the girls side, sophomore runner Nyam Kagwima and thrower Zakiya Shivers were double winners for Bryn Mawr, while the Mawrtians' 3,200-relay team set a meet record. Cassandra Tanner (high jump) and Laura Drosner (3,200) chipped in with gold medals, each worth 10 points.
In the team standings, behind Bryn Mawr (103) were Elizabeth Seton (99.5) and McDonogh (72).
"Most of our girls had their best times today," said Buck, who has just 18 girls on her squad. "We had girls coming back strong from multiple events and running really, really smart."
McDonogh sprinter Chanel Lattimer, who is headed to Princeton, broke her own meet record set last year in the 100. She also prevailed in the 200.-- Pat O'Malley
The faces may have changed, but the results remained the same at the Baltimore County championships at Hereford.
Second-ranked Woodlawn captured its fifth straight county boys title, scoring 102 points. Dulaney was second (91), followed by Overlea (62).
Dulaney won the girls title for the third consecutive year, scoring 110 points. Randallstown (93) and Franklin (84) were second and third, respectively.
"It was a little harder this year, but we found a way to win," said Woodlawn coach Mike Sye. "We kind of set the standard a few years ago, but the level of track in Baltimore County is stepping up. Dulaney really pushed us today."
The Warriors were led by Mark McKenzie. The junior won the high jump (6-2), the 300 hurdles (39.8 seconds) and the 110 hurdles (14.3). He was also a member of the 400-meter relay team, which finished second.
For Dulaney, the win for the girls was sweet, if not expected.
"I prognosticated that we'd get 104 points, so we ended up about where I thought," said Dulaney coach Chad Boyle.
Kelley Fanshaw led the Lions, winning both the triple jump (35-6) and the 400 (58.1).
Meanwhile, Tenke Zoltani won the 1,600 (5:13.2), with teammate Christine Myers finishing second (5:16.2).
The only other multiple winners for the girls were Randallstown's Chantelle Ringgold and Owings Mills' Asha Cooke.
Other multiple event winners for the boys were Overlea's Courtney Pointer and Dulaney's Aaron Reuwer.-- Mike Frainie
Kelley Jackson, a junior, defended his titles in the shot put and discus events to lead Mervo to its third straight Baltimore City track title, and its ninth since 1993. Meanwhile, Western's strong relay field and depth led it to its 10th girls crown over Mervo.
The 6-2 Jackson finished ahead of teammate Anthony Green in the discus; Jackson's other teammate, William Joquin, was third in the shot put. Jackson's effort was a tuneup for next weekend's Class 4A North Regionals, where he was first and third, respectively, in the shot put and discus last year.
The Mustangs' Andrew Hackett swept both the high jump (6-0) and the triple jump (43-7), with teammate Tavon Stewart finishing second in the triple at 43-2. Hackett won his second straight title in the high jump, edging Poly's Marcellu Warrington, who also cleared 6-0, but missed more times than Hackett.
Mervo won eight of the first 10 events, with Eric Haywood, Silus Berry, Orlando Walker and Brandon Scott taking the 3,200 relay. Damon Watson, winner of the 100, led off Mervo's winning 800-relay squad.
For Western, Ashaley Davis, Ashley Watkins-Butler and Brittney Mosley were 1-2-3 in the 100-meter hurdles. Ashley West-Nesbitt and Michelle Carter of Western were 1-2 in the 100.
Carter, Mosley, West-Nesbitt and Commia Thompson made up the winning 800-relay squad, and Thompson teamed with Latasha Wallace, Alicia Williams and Medchild Carter to win the 3,200.
For Mervo's girls, All-Metro sophomore April Mullen, who has competed in as many as eight different events this season, won the long jump (16-3) and ran the anchor leg of the Mustangs' runner-up 3,200 relay.-- Lem Satterfield