Eagles and Dragons Capture Championship Crowns
Eagles clip past de Sales, Maryvale for first team title since 2015;
Dragons cruise to B Conference title
By: Louis Foudos
Friday’s championship meet was certainly one of the most competitive championships the league has seen. Three teams came in with a real chance to win, and with a few events remaining, the score had not been settled.
McDonogh came roaring out of the gates. Nyla Cherry and Ayobami Olatidoye took first and second in the hurdles, followed by Jada Seaman, Emma Tilson, and Ayobami Olatidoye taking first, second, and sixth in the 55 dash to rack up thirty-nine quick points. That was not enough for them, however, because in the next event, the 4x200, the Eagles took the win in championship record time.
Next up was the 1600, the event Mount de Sales was waiting for to get things started. Sam Facius and Juliette Whittaker took first and second relatively easily, as expected, though they had to switch gears in the last 200 to make sure Rachel Thomas from Maryvale or Olivia Ozbolt from McDonogh did not steal the win. Bella Whittaker rolled through the 500 for de Sales, though Maryvale took the edge in that event over de Sales by two points.
The 800 almost spelled disaster for the Sailors of Mount de Sales. Returning from the 1600, Juliette Whittaker and Sam Facius took first and second again, but it appeared that neither runner wanted to beat their teammate. Though they had a sizeable lead on the field coming into the bell lap, their indecision allowed Olivia Ozbolt and Rachel Thomas to make up a lot of ground in the last 100. All four runners were separated by less than a second, and the complexion of the meet would have changed in a hurry if the Sailor’s 1-2 punch was broken up.
In the 300, Bella Whitaker won the fourth straight event on the track for the Sailors, in championship record time. Jada Seaman finished second for McDonogh, but Maryvale still kept pace in the event by scoring twelve points overall. In the 3200, another primetime event for de Sales, the duo of Sam Facius and Juliette Whittaker toed the line again. The pace started as a jog, but Facius took over at the mile, and cruised to a thirty second victory over her teammate. Though de Sales scored eighteen points, Maryvale hung around with a dozen of their own in the event.
In the field events, McDonogh dominated the long jump and shot put. Jada Seaman and Nyla Cherry finished first and second in long jump, while Kaden Oliver, Dara Balter, and Jordan Bugg finished first, third, and fourth for the Eagles in shot put. For Maryvale, Tara Coyne, Lydia Phillips, and Anna Welsh gathered eighteen points in pole vault, while the Lions also took 10 points in both high jump and shot put. Mae Smith and Meredith Buller finished first and third for the Sailors in high jump.
While most meets end with the 4x4, the triple jump ended up being the last event taking place and ultimately scored. McDonogh was leading by 8.5 points over de Sales, and in triumph or heartbreaking fashion depending on one’s allegiance, McDonogh held on for a narrow 2.5 point victory over Mount de Sales.
On winning her first indoor title at McDonogh, Head Coach Devin Robinson described her team’s win: “This championship meet was a fight for us. We began the season without a track - training on our gym floors, soccer fields, turf fields; however, we did not use that as an excuse to not perform well at the track meets. The girls fought hard and competed extremely well - I am super proud of them and I am looking forward to seeing what they can do during the outdoor season.”
De Sales Head Coach Steve Weber reflected on finishing just short. “Looking over the whole season we have been at the top at such outstanding meets and we have stars at the top. We won 8 of 15 events. This was close. This was a battle. Every point mattered. We came up a little bit shy but we take it in stride. We gathered and we said our prayer so we’re not bitterly disappointed. We came close but among ourselves we appreciate what we did accomplish.”
The B conference championship was the most competitive team-wise and event-wise it has been in its three short years. Three teams scored over 100 points, and there were event records in eight events.
Glenelg claimed their second indoor title mostly by power at the top. They won six events, and finished second in six events, which accounted for 108 of their 146 points.
On their team’s victory, Coaches Bonn and Koffel said, “The girls’ team had a great performance today as a team and individuals. They set a goal to win the championship and worked hard all season to get it done. It was our goal since the end of last season. We executed perfectly.”
The Dragons began the meet finishing second in the 4x8. Aniya Diggs and Amanda Ruffin kept it rolling for Glenelg by finishing second and third in the 55 dash. With Kate Sites winning the 500, the Dragons were up by twenty points early on. Roland Park was in the rear view mirror, but with Tavianne Maultsby winning the high jump, and Alayna Gibson sweeping the three distance races, Roland Park had creeped up to Glenelg. At one point, Glenelg only held a 103-96 lead over Roland Park.
Pallotti was also hovering around with their stellar day. Kamylin Padgham won the 55 and was second in the 300. Nya Moore won the hurdles and Quai Skeete-Ridley was third in the 500. In the field, Cynthia Roberts and Orianna Moore were first and second in shot put while Delaina Calloway and Skylia Day were second and third in high jump. Though Pallotti was second for much of the meet, they ultimately fell to third.
Glenelg closed out the meet with Emily Shorb, Emily Kavic, and Erin Jacobs taking second, fourth, and fifth in the 3200. Deja Ravenell won the triple jump, and they put the icing on the cake with the win in the 4x4.
Team and Individual Results
A Conference Team Standings
- Mount de Sales-154
B Conference Team Standings
- Roland Park-110.5