LANDOVER — Gilman didn't enjoy the first part of Friday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship meet, as Mount St. Joseph got off to a very fast start.
But the top-ranked Greyhounds rallied back from a 59-point hole to edge the No. 3 Gaels by one point and win a third straight title at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Gilman finished with 152 points, and the entire meet came down to the final event, the 1,600-meter relay. Peter Merritt ran the last leg and rallied late to pull out the victory in 3 minutes, 31.29 seconds. The Gaels finished fifth in the race.
"I just knew that we had to win," said Merritt, who ran the race with Chris Jackson, Jibri McLean, and John Simms.
If Mount St. Joseph had finished third or higher, it would have won the meet.
"We knew they were coming," Gaels coach Jack Peach said. "We were just hoping we could hold them off."
Merritt (800, 2:02.33) and Will Meadows (1,600, 4:20.77) both gave Gilman key wins. Merritt took second in the high jump, while Jordan Britton was second in the triple jump.
Meadows set a record in the 1,600, and runner-up Patrick Rollo from McDonogh (4:25.20) and third-place finisher Michael Wegner (4:25.96) also beat the 10-year old mark of 4:26.90.
Ian Miles helped win four events for Mount St. Joseph. The senior won the 55 hurdles (7.89); long jump (21-1.5), 300 (36.31) and ran on the victorious 800 relay (1:33.05).
The top-ranked McDonogh girls won their fourth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title with 158 points.Maryvale finished second with 87.5.
McDonogh's Autumne Franklin won the 55-meter hurdles (8.2) and the 500. She also took second in the 55 and ran on the winning 1,600 relay (3:59.64).
Jessica Caldwell also won twice, taking the long jump (16 feet, 1.25 inches) and triple jump (32-10). Lakin Hatcher gave the Eagles a win in the 300 (41.70).
Franklin and Maryvale's Maggie Rampolla each broke their own meet records. For Franklin, she won the 500 in 1:16.8, beating last year's mark (1:19.05). Teammate Sidney Hayes finished second, and her time (1:17.24) also beat the old record.
Rampolla went to work in the off-season after setting a record last year at nine feet, often heading to Washington to train with a coach, and the senior crushed her former mark with a vault of 11-6.
"It's taken a lot more effort," Rampolla said. "But it's been a lot more fun."
Ellie Gonzalez of Catholic set two records on her own with victories in the 1,600 (4:57.28) and 3,200 (11:03.28).
Jessica Harris of Mount de Sales (2:16.36) set a new mark with her win in the 800. Spalding's Caitlin Anson (2:22.26) and McDonogh's Allison Glossinger (2:24.01) also beat the old mark with their second- and third-place efforts.