By Louis Foudos
After the first day of competition at the track and field championships on Thursday, Maryale sits atop the A Conference standings by a slim two-point margin.
The Lions' biggest marks came in the field event when Erin Shaffrey won the high jump, Sara Jackson was second in pole vault, and Claire Neff won the shot put.
Moreover, Maryvale has earned three qualifiers in the 100 dash, the 100 hurdles, and 400 and still have points in the discus and long jump they can pick up when the meet reconvenes tomorrow morning at Calvert Hall.
Mount de Sales sits just two points behind Maryvale after having success in multiple events when Sam Facius won the 3,200, Keelin Becker was second in triple jump, Mae Smith was second in high jump and the Sailors also won the 4x800 in a close finish with Bryn Mawr.
Looking to Saturday, they still have a lot of potential points on the board by qualifying three runners in the 100 hurdles, the 300 hurdles, and the 200.
They also look forward to the 1,600 and 800 on Saturday, where more points are available.
While they only sit in fourth, McDonogh is certainly still a team to watch because it still has the potential to shoot up the standings with the long jump and the short sprint events.
The Eagles' top performances included winning the 4x200, finishing third in the 4x800, and Devyn Greenfield jumped to a third place spot in triple jump.
The Eagles also have three qualifiers in the 100, three qualifiers in the 200, and the top two seeds in the 400.
In the B conference, Catholic is holding a sizable 25-point advantage over Glenelg.
The Cubs' top performances included their second-place finish in the 4x800, Briana Baier winning the triple jump, Abby Baummer finishing second in the 3,200, and Rebecca Perry and Shannon Taylor taking second and third in shot put. Potential points in the distance races and discus are still in play for Catholic.
While Glenelg sits 25 points behind in second, that is far from an insurmountable number because the Dragons have the top-two seeds in the 100, the top seed in the 100 hurdles, the top two seeds in the 200, and the top seed in the 300 hurdles.
The Dragons' top performances included a victory in the 4x800 and a runner-up performance in the 4x200.
In addition, Taylor Gillis claimed a victory in high jump and Laura Littlefield finished third in the 3,200.