Mount de Sales All American Grow on the Track
Courtesy of Mount de Sales Academy Gene Williams
Like mustard seeds from the gospel parable, Mount de Sales’ results from just five girls grew to among the most impressive at the New Balance Outdoor National High School Track and Field Championships June 15-17. Competing over three days at the North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro N.C. they medaled in each of three relay events entered and twice earned high school All American honors (top six finishers in championship division events) against the best competitors from around the U.S.
Earning MDSA’s first ever outdoor track All American honors on Saturday, June 16, were Kevilyn Frazier, ’18; Edeline Davies, ’19; Bella Whittaker, ‘20; and Samantha Facius, ’19, in the 1600 Meter Sprint Medley Relay.
Running anchor Facius’ teammates gave her a one and a half second lead. She expanded that cushion to greater than six seconds and a heat winning time of 4:01.35.
With MDSA running in the second of five heats, each of those ticks of the clock were needed as the next two heats finished only a few tenths-of-a-second off pace.
Only in the final section was MDSA's time bettered. Topping MDSA were teams from Michigan, Georgia, and New York. Thirty-five teams qualified for this event at the nationals from 11 states.
The Sailors event performance is currently number one among all Maryland High Schools for 2018; the ninth best for all U.S. high school teams and a school record.
Following Saturday evening Mass, and St. Mark’s (4:26-34) mustard seed reference, the ground was sown for a repeat All American performance on Sunday in the 800 meter Sprint Medley relay. Grace Flynn, ’20, joined Frazier, Davies and Whittaker for these two laps of the Carolina blue track.
A total of 49 teams lined up in seven sections. The Sailors were seeded 8th among the eight teams in the final and fastest section. Starting from lane one, considered the slowest lane, Flynn handed off to Frazier, with Davies going next.
That trio put MDSA in seventh place when Whittaker got the baton and began her 400 meter lap. Halfway through the circuit she began cutting her way through opponents to earn a clear third place in 1:44.72 at the finish line. Teams from Virginia and New York took the top two spots. That Sailor result was another Maryland number one ranking, top 10 in the U.S. and new school record.
While not All American status events, MDSA took an Emerging Elite division third place medal in the 4x200 meter relay in opening day competition. Yet another school record, 1:42.83, and the 10th best time for all Maryland high schools this year. Flynn, Frazier, Davies and Whittaker made up that quartet.
Whittaker also ran the EE division 400 placing seventh, 55.98, out of 49 entrants.
This was the 28th edition of the New Balance Outdoor Nationals and seventh straight appearance by Mount de Sales. The meet draws about 6,000 athletes from hundreds of high schools from nearly every state.
All five MDSA competitors entered in events earned All American status.
With Edeline Davies, Kevilyn Frazier and Bella Whittaker earning the honor twice.
Samantha Facius and Grace Flynn ran on one relay each with All American results.
Mount de Sales has had two other certified high school All Americans in its 60 year interscholastic sports history.
Gail Decker, a two-time lacrosse All American in 1999 and 2000
Jessica Harris, an indoor track All American in 2012.
Below are video links to Mount de Sales’ races at the New Balance Nationals.
1600 Meter Sprint Medley, Championship Division:
800 Meter Sprint Medley, Championship Division:
4x200 Meter Relay, Emerging Elite Division: http://www.nbnationalsout.com/eprofile.php?event_id=3689&do=videos&video_id=246807
400 Meter Dash, Emerging Elite Division: