Gilman, Mount de Sales win MIAA, IAAM track & field championships; Mervo boys, City girls win Baltimore titles
By Jeff Seidel
For The Baltimore Sun|
May 11, 2019 at 9:40 PM
The No. 2 Mount de Sales girls team dominated the middle- and long-distance races, ruled the relays and nipped No. 1 McDonogh to win the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title in the meet that concluded Saturday at Archbishop Spalding.
This was a two-day meet for the boys and girls with day one in different places and on different days. But everyone came to Spalding on Saturday, and the Sailors’ combination of Juliette and Bella Whittaker plus Samantha Facius led the way.
Mount de Sales finished with 195 points, beating McDonogh by 20. Juliette Whittaker, a freshman, won the 800 and 1,600 (2:10.16 and 5:11.74) and also ran on the first-place 3,200-meter relay (9:41.21).
Bella Whittaker, a junior, took first in the 400 in 54.71. She also ran on 800 and 1,600 relays that finished first (1:44.20 and 4:03.24). Mount de Sales won three of the four relays.
Facius won the 3,200 on the first day in 11:41.00. She beat out Juliette Whittaker in that race also finished second to her in the 1,600 Saturday. Between the relays, Facius and the Whittakers, the Sailors came up with 70 points from those wins.
In the B Conference. Roland Park rolled to an easy victory. The Reds (221) easily defeated Pallotti (124.5) for the team title.
Alayna Gibson led the way for Roland Park with victories in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
The top-ranked Gilman boys won their third consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
Gilman found lots of ways to score points despite winning just four of 18 events. But the Greyhounds still edged out No. 2 Calvert Hall, 161-145. They compiled top-three finishes in 11 of the 18 events, and all of those points were enough to beat out the Cardinals, who won the title indoors last winter.
“I thought the kids…competed the way we coached them to do,” said long-time Gilman coach Johnnie Foreman. “Everyone had a role. We like to get points, and that’s the thing.”
Baltimore City championships: The Mervo boys and City girls came away with the titles at the Baltimore City Track and Field title meet, which concluded on Saturday.
Mervo finished with 149 points, and the Mustangs edged Digital Harbor by six points. Poly was behind them at 126.
On the girls side, City finished with 160 points and easily took first place, beating out both Mervo (125) and Poly (124).
For the Mervo boys, Joseph Ewan won the 200 and 400. Teammate Kevin Brown took the shot put and discus -- and the combination gave the Mustangs 40 points and their only wins, which proved to be enough.
Digital Harbor’s Almighty Williamson won the 110 hurdles and long jump to help the team stay close, but Mervo had too much.
For the City girls, they got wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 relay for 20 points.
Then, in individual events, Julia Harrington pulled off the tough double of winning the shot put and discus for the Engineers.
Kayla Ross won the 200 for City, which finished with five victories. The Engineers, like the Mervo boys, also came up with a number of top-three finishes that helped them compile points and score the championship.
MIAA Track and Field Championships (at Spalding)
Team scores (top 5): 1. Gilman, 161; 2. Calvert Hall, 145; 3. Mount Saint Joseph, 115; 4. Loyola, 98; 5. McDonogh, 76.