By Louis Foudos
Following a fairly long layoff, indoor track teams returned to action Friday night in a relatively low-key affair.
Coming off of winter break and working around inclement weather, many teams used Friday’s meet as a rust buster. Even with that, it was a quality meet with good all-around performances.
Team standings were close at the top as McDonogh prevailed over Mount de Sales and Maryvale, which finished second and third, respectively.
The Eagles, who edged the Sailors by just four points, had a strong showing in the sprint events behind Jada Seaman and Emma Tilson in the 55 dash, Seaman (1st), Soleil Belan (5th) and Cailtin Hoffman (6th) in the 300 and Ella Little (3rd) in the 500.
Besides claiming the 4x200 relay, McDonogh also soared in the long jump with Seaman (1st), Hoffman (3rd) and Little (4th) doing the honors.
Mount de Sales had a strong meet as well with Kevilyn Frazier third in the 55 and second in the 300, Erin Koslowski second in the 3,200, Bella Whittacker and Katerina Boutselis first and fourth, respectively, in the 500, Meredith Butler third in shot put, and Colleen Howard tops in the high jump.
Maryvale boasted several notable performances, including Sara Jackson winning the pole vault, Brittney Graff capturing the 3,200, Emma Radebaugh finishing second in the 500 and Alex Martinez earning runner-up status in the long jump.
In the B conference, Catholic sneaked past Glenelg Country and Roland Park.
For Catholic, Abbey Sullivan and Abby Baummer finished one-two in the 800 and second and third in the 1,600. Briana Baier took the triple jump and finished third in the long jump.
Glenelg had a great day in the sprint events behind Aniya Diggs and Amanda Ruffin, who went first and second in both the 55 and 300 while Kate Sites and Ashley Good finished first and second in the 500. Alisha Netus won the hurdles.
For Roland Park, Tavianne Maultsby finished second in high jump, Autumn Johnson finished third in shot put, and Alayna Gibson had a big day by winning the 1,600 and 3,200 and was third in the 800.
With three weeks left in the season, there is still enough time for athletes to round into top form and for coaches to switch their lineups before they show all their cards at championship meet.
The next league meet is Jan. 19 and the championship meet is Jan. 26. Both meets are at the PG Sports and Learning Complex, beginning at 3:45 p.m.