Track and Field is Underway
Maryvale and McDonogh look to take title in A Conference; B conference is wide open....
By Louis Foudos
The IAAM track and field season is underway, and as is always the case, the championship season is fast approaching.
In the A conference, the best team performance so far has been by Maryvale as they finished fifth overall out of twenty nine teams at the Pikesville Track Classic this past weekend. Their top performances included Paige Adams and Sydney King finishing first and third in the high jump, Bethany Wheeler and Sara Jackson finishing third and sixth in the pole vault, and Tadajah Lofland finishing fourth in the discus. Within the conference itself, Courtney Kenny is ranked first in the 200 and third in the 400, Emily Craig is ranked first in the 800, second in the 1600, and first in the 3200. Paige Adams and Sydney King are first and second in the conference in the high jump. Maryvale hopes to defend their championship title this season, but it will not be that easy. They are strong in most events, especially the field events, but they may be lacking in depth.
Maryvale's closest competitor is McDonogh. They have not raced much outside the league this season, with Pikesville being their only invitational so far. Their top performances included Jada Seaman finishing fourth in the 400, Marissa Vincent finishing fourth in the long jump, and the 4x200 team finishing fifth. While they may have only finished seventeenth to Maryvale's fifth, the Eagles are very good, and they should make more than a run at the title. Within the conference, Jada Seaman is ranked first in the 100, second in the 200, and second in the 400. In the shot put, Mcdonogh has three of the top four spots, and Marissa Vincent is ranked third in long jump and second in triple jump.
Mount de Sales has competed at several meets so far with the Seahawk Invite being their best performance, where they finished eighth of twenty one teams. Their top individual performances included Edeline Davies winning the 100, Samantha Facius winning the 800, and Mae Smith finishing third in high jump. Within the conference, Edeline Davies is ranked second in the 100, Samantha Facius is the top runner in the 1600, and Mae Smith and Meredith Buller are third and fourth in the high jump.
In the B conference, only a few teams have competed outside the conference. Roland Park went to Pikesville this past weekend, and their best individual performances included Tavianne Maultsby finishing eighth in high jump and Hadassah James finishing seventh in triple jump. Catholic went to the Jim Vollmer Invite this past weekend, where their top finishes included Olivia Angelini and Regena Gomes finishing sixth and seventh in the 800 and Briana Baier finishing seventh in long jump and fifth in triple jump. St. Paul's went to the Landon Relays, where they won the 4x100, finished third in the Sprint Medley Relay, and Alessandra Smith finished third in the long jump.
Upcoming meets for many teams include the Scorpion Invite on April 21st at Oakland Mills, the Knights' Invite at North County on April 22nd, and the Penn Relays on April 27th.
Pikesville Invitational-April 8th (Maryvale, Roland Park, Bryn Mawr, Mcdonogh)
Don Boyer Invite-April 8th (Spalding)
Jim Vollmer Invite-April 8th-Catholic, Mt. de Sales
Golden Ram Invite-West Chester-April 7th-John Carroll, Maryvale)
Dwight Scott Invite-Maryvale
Cougar Relays-Mt. de Sales
Maryvale Relays-Maryvale, Mt. de Sales, Roland Park, IND, John Carroll, Bryn Mawr, Spalding, NDP, Glenelg, Pallotti,
Saehawk Invite-Mt. de Sales