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 the 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 team, Wright set records in the 110 (14.3) and 300 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.
"This team has accomplished a lot, especially considering that we have three freshmen, and 20 of our 25 boys return next year, " Constantine said.
Mount St. Joseph went undefeated in dual meets to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference this spring, and the school goes after the MIAA meet title Saturday at Calvert Hall. Calvert Hall won last year's McDonogh meet, but did not participate in yesterday event.
Severn distance runner Chris Foster joined Wright, Bullis sprinter Cliff Woodard of Bullis and Gilman thrower Tom Turner as double winners.
Foster won the 800 and 1,600; Woodard set meet records in the 100 (10.6) and 200 (21.6); and Turner tossed the discus and shot put for golds.
Another Severn winner was Hunter Barkes (high jump) and the Bowling Brook 1,600-relay team relay set a meet record at 3:28.1.
On the girls side, sophomore runner Nyam Kagwima and throwers 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."
In addition to winning the 800 and 1,600, Bryn Mawr's Kagwima also anchored the 3,200-relay team that included Drosner, Ellett George and Ashley Campbell. It broke Good Counsel's mark of 9:59.9, set last year, with a time of 9:46.
McDonogh's superb 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, and just missed winning a third event after place second in the 400.
Pole-vaulter Kate Smalkin also won a gold medal for the Eagles.
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 points) and Franklin (84 points) were second and third, respectively.- Mike Frainie