Gilman claims MIAA indoor track crown; Maryvale repeats in IAAM
Gilman School came so close to winning at last year’s MIAA indoor track championship meet. The Greyhounds fell to Mount St. Joseph by 7.33 points, and that proved to be a driving force for them this winter.
Maryvale Prep had won the IAAM title in cross country plus indoor and outdoor track for five consecutive seasons before seeing that streak derailed last spring. Then, the Lions came up short again in cross country this year.
In other words, Gilman and Maryvale came to Friday’s MIAA/IAAM championship meet as determined teams, and that fire paid off as each scored impressive victories in the event held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
The B Conference competed separately for a second straight winter– for the girls — and Catholic won that division thanks to three victories from Briana Baier.
Maryvale lost a number of key seniors from last winter’s title team, and coach Jason Miller said they were, in a way, they were kind of rebuilding and needed good efforts from the younger girls.
“They really stepped up,” Miller said. “Everyone from top to bottom came through.”
That’s a big reason the Lions finished with 146 points and claimed the A Conference crown. Haley Wehberg, a freshman, won the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 28.64 seconds and also took the 3,200 (12:25.26).
Alex Martinez won the long jump (16-4.75) while Erin Shaffrey captured the high jump (4-10). The Lions also took first place in the 800 relay.
The Brooklandville school has won three consecutive IAAM indoor track titles.
“I’m so excited,” Wehberg said. “I just wanted to keep it going. We’ve all been encouraging each other and [working hard].”
McDonogh came in second with 105 points, led by two victories from Jada Seaman (55 and 300).
The situation was similar for Gilman. Last year’s close loss to St. Joe (120.33 to 113) left a bitter taste in the Greyhounds’ mouths.
The Greyhounds used that as a source of inspiration this season. They vowed to work hard and finish strong, giving them a better chance to take home the title.
Coach Matt Tully said it kind of became their mantra. Julian Arrington agreed with him.
“We were hungry,” said Arrington, who won the triple jump in 41-7. “We knew wanted it. We put in all the hours [of work and practice].”
That work paid off, especially in the field events, as the Greyhounds swept all five of them. Mason Freeman took the long jump in 22-5 and also won the high jump at 6-4, in addition to Arrington’s effort.
Sal Ricci won the pole vault at 12 feet and Thomas Booker finished first in the shot put (48-6.5). That’s a big reason the Greyhounds finished with 146.5 points, far ahead of defending champion Mount Saint Joseph (118.33).
McDonogh’s Dalton Hengst, who won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at each of the past two indoor title meets, didn’t run Friday.
Team officials would not comment on Hengst’s absence.
Catholic led the way for the girls in their B Conference competition. Baier won the triple jump (33-6), high jump (4-8) and long jump (15-9.25) for 30 points that helped the Cubs roll to 146 points and top Glenelg Country School (125).
Alayna Gibson helped Roland Park Country come in third (115 points) with wins in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.