LANDOVER - Top-ranked McDonogh's girls and the No. 3 Mount St. Joseph boys each took different paths to their track championships last night.
McDonogh turned the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title meet into a laugher very quickly, but Mount St. Joseph needed to win the final event to edge No. 2 McDonogh and take the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Mount St. Joseph and No. 2 McDonogh were tied heading into the last event, the 1,600-meter relay. The Gaels' team of Kyle Fuller, Duane Parker, Phil August and Dorian Johnson jumped in front quickly and won in a meet-record time of 3:28.77. St. Joe finished with 92.5 points, beating McDonogh (88.5) and top-ranked Gilman (82.5).
"Everybody basically just did their job," Mount St. Joseph coach Vince Fuller said. "The seconds and thirds helped also. Everyone has to do what they can do."
Parker (500, 1:07.20) and Arlan Liverman (high jump, 6-2) were the Gaels' lone individual winners, but the team also won two relays. In addition to the final event, Parker combined with Fuller, Renard Robinson and Artis Holt to take the 800 in 1:32.14.
McDonogh's girls had no troubles, finishing with 186.5 points, running away from defending champion Seton Keough (59). Kristen Brown set two meet records for the Eagles, in the 55 hurdles (8.13) and the long jump (18 feet, 1.75 inches).
Amanda Kimbers also set a meet record (55 meters, 7.13). She later took the 300 (40.49). Jasmine Robinson (500, 1:19.89) also won as McDonogh, which also captured two relays, finished first or second in 13 of the 14 events.
McDonogh's Justin Gross (55 hurdles, long and triple jumps) and Erin Laschinger of Notre Dame Prep (800, 1,600 and 3,200) each won three individual events. Gross set a meet record (46-1) in the triple jump while Laschinger did the same in the 800 (2:24.17).