By Louis Foudos
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For the first time since 2003, Mount de Sales captured the A Conference outdoor track and field championship.
The Sailors have finished second and third numerous times over the years, but everything came together for a well-deserved victory.
Down by 11 points heading into Saturday’s meet at Calvert Hall, the Sailors (168.50 points) fell a whopping 33 points behind eventual runner-up Maryvale (140.50) after the morning field events.
With the afternoon track finals looming, however, Mount de Sales remained poised to conquer.
In a wild 100 meter hurdles, which saw four runners fail to finish, the Sailors picked up 13 points.
Due to interference, Mount de Sales sprinter Alexis Boyko ran by herself in a separate heat and posted the second-fastest time overall, just two spots ahead of teammate Lexi Hamilton.
In the 100, Edeline Davies and Kevlyn Frazier finished second and fourth, respectively, to help the Sailors hold off hard-charging McDonogh.
In the 1,600, Sam Facius won with a strong final 600, while Mount de Sales teammate Amelia Getka grabbed four more points by finishing fifth.
Once they started moving, the Sailors kept rolling.
They captured the 4x100 as Davies powered away from the field down the home stretch.
Mount de Sales sealed the deal in the 800 as Katerina Boutselis and Facius finished second and third, respectively.
The 4x400 squad also prevailed in very fast 4:04, a full six seconds ahead of Bryn Mawr.
On his team’s win, Mount de Sales coach Steve Weber said, after getting the classic Gatorade ice bucket victory celebration, “We had contributions from everyone, including the seventh and eighth finishers. So many points on the edges helped us out and put us over the top. These are elusive titles and they are so hard to get. Everything has to go right. These girls are so happy.”
There were several notable performances from the meet, including Jada Seaman of McDonogh, who won the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump while setting meet records.
She was also second in the 400.
Aleah Nelson set another meet record in the 400 (55.47) to eclipse the oldest record on the books, set by Devin Robinson of Towson Catholic in 2005.
The 400 was the strongest event as Nelson, Seaman and Bella Whittaker all broke 56 seconds.
Deirdre Powell of Bryn Mawr won the 800 in 2:16.71, setting a PR by almost seven seconds.
In the B Conference, Glenelg Country School was able to breathe a little bit easier this year as the meet was concluding.
Last year, the Dragons won the 4x400 to take the championship by a single point, but this year they were up by 33 points entering the final event.
Glenelg Country was down by 25 to Catholic after the opening meet, but came back with a very strong performance Saturday by scoring in every event except for pole vault.
Alisha Netus got things going for Glenelg Country in the 100 hurdles while Amanda Ruffin and Aniya Diggs took the top two spots in the 100.
Laura Littlefield then finished second in the 1,600.
Glenelg never slowed the rest of the meet, claiming the 4x100 and the 300 hurdles behind Netus.
Diggs, Taylor Gills, and Ruffin finished first, third, and fourth in the 200, and the Dragons took the win in the 4x400 as well.
Glenelg Country coach Brian Dempsey said, “We came in with high expectations and we exceeded them. We scored in every event except pole vault. So it was an absolute overall team effort.”
A CONFERENCE TEAM RESULTS
1) Mt de Sales Academy 168.50
2) Maryvale Preparatory School 140.50
3) McDonogh School 126.50
4) Bryn Mawr School 98
5) Notre Dame Preparatory School 73.50
6) John Carroll School 58
7) Archbishop Spalding High School 27
B CONFERENCE TEAM RESULTS
1) Glenelg Country School 163
2) The Catholic High School 125
3) Roland Park Country School 90
4) St. Paul's School for Girls 76
5) St. Vincent Pallotti High School 74
6) Severn School 67
7) St. John's Catholic Prep 31
8) Institute of Notre Dame 20
9) St. Marys High School 16
10) Mercy High School 14
11) Oldfields School 13