Mount de Sales and Roland Park win Conference Titles
Sailors win back to back A Conference championships; Reds win first B Conference track championship
By: Louis Foudos
The Mount de Sailors defended their outdoor championship against McDonogh in a battle of titans. Coach Steve Weber said, “We knew it was going to be a close battle with McDonough but the last 6 events in particular the girls stepped up and we were a powerhouse. We scored points in every single event and it was a great team effort.” De Sales held a comfortable lead after day 1, but the points swung heavily after the Saturday morning field events.
McDonogh scored 16 points in long jump with Jada Seaman and Nyla Cherry finishing first and third. In the discus, AJ Davis, Dara Balter, and Kaden Olivier finished first, third, and fourth to score twenty-one points and overtake de Sales.
In the afternoon, Jada Seaman set the league record in the 100 dash, as the Eagles picked up seventeen total points in the event. De Sales mounted their comeback with the 1600, however.
Juliette Whittaker, Samantha Facius, and Elizabeth Freymann finished first, second, and seventh to net twelve points. Following the 1600, de Sales won the 4x100 with a strong anchor leg from Edeline Davies. Bella Whittaker then set the league record in the 400 dash running 54.71. In the 300 hurdles, Lexi Hamilton, Keelin Becker, and Claire Nilan finished second, third, and eighth for the Sailors.
After 15 of 18 events scored, de Sales held a tenuous 2 point lead.
De Sales continued their roll in the 800. Juliette Whittaker set a league record running 2:10.16, while her teammate Sam Facius finished fourth, giving the Sailors an eleven point lead.
While the 4x400 is always the last event, the 200 determined if the 4x400 would have any meaning. Jada Seaman ran another league record with a 24.12 to take the win, but Bella Whittaker and Edeline Davies finished second and third, giving the Sailors a fifteen point lead, sealing the deal.
In the B conference, The Roland Park Reds won their first Outdoor Track and Field Title blowing out the rest of the field, as they won by nearly one hundred points. Coach Jason Ruby said, “This team worked hard all season and they clearly showed they deserved the championship with their great attitude and effort all season. Congratulation to the schools and the competitors. Thank you to all the coaches for all their hard work.”
The Reds scored in every event while winning eight events.
Their top events include the 100 where Tavianne Maultsby, Amani Green, and Georgia Szoke finished second, third, and fourth; the triple jump where Solai Cockrell, Emilia Current, and Brylen Hatcher finished second, third, and fifth; and the 400 where Sophia Ellerkmann and Alayna Gibson finished first and second.
Alayna Gibson completed quite the quartet of events, as she won the 800, 1600, and 3200, while finishing second in the 400.
Pallotti finished second overall, for their best team finish. Their best performances included Kamlyn Padgham winning the 100 and 200; Delaina Callaway winning the high jump and finishing second in long jump; and Cynthia Roberts and Orianna Moore finishing first and second in the shot put.