Youngest Allen’s tri­umph in high jump gives Bullis a boys’ and girls’ sweep

The Washington Post Sunday - - HOCKEY - BY DAN ROTH dan.roth@wash­post.com

Bullis fresh­man Ash­ton Allen had to be re­minded to put on his sweats and sit down in be­tween high jump at­tempts Satur­day at the Pri­vate and In­de­pen­dent School In­vi­ta­tional.

By Allen’s es­ti­mate, it had been two years since he last com­peted in the event. Nev­er­the­less, he found him­self with the fate of his team rid­ing on his leap­ing abil­ity at Ge­orge­town Prep in North Bethesda.

With sev­eral of their top runners, in­clud­ing Allen’s old­est brother, ju­nior Eric Allen Jr., sit­ting out for ei­ther rest or re­cov­ery pur­poses, the Bull­dogs trailed Mount Saint Joseph of Bal­ti­more by three points en­ter­ing the high jump, the fi­nal event in which both schools had two ath­letes com­pet­ing. The other for Bullis was Allen’s sopho­more brother, Austin.

But if the youngest Allen was feel­ing any pres­sure, he didn’t show it as he arched his back to clear 6 feet 4 inches and com­plete the sweep of the team ti­tles for Bullis.

“I might ac­tu­ally start back up high jump­ing again,” Allen said af­ter the per­for­mance that put Bullis’s point to­tal at 69, ahead of sec­ond-place Mount St. Joseph (67) and third-place Gon­zaga (56).

DeMatha held a siz­able lead for the first three legs of the 4x200, which was fine with McNa­mara’s Xavier Wil­liams as he grabbed the ba­ton for the an­chor leg.

“Usu­ally when I’m in front, I tend not to run as hard,” said Wil­liams, who closed the gap and crossed in a meet-record 1:31.18 to win by two-tenths of a sec­ond.

Riverdale Bap­tist’s Daniel Whit­field burned a 7.60 to win the 55me­ter hur­dles, while Pal­lotti’s Bren­don Ste­wart clocked 6.53 to win the 55 and Car­roll’s Ethan Fogle crossed in 34.82 to take gold in the 300.

James Duren of Paul VI held off McNa­mara’s El­lion Trot­man down the stretch to win the boys 500 in 1:06.76. Gon­zaga’s Jack Beck­ham took the boys’ 1,000 in 2:43.61, while team­mate Omar Dibba cleared 13-7 to win the pole vault. Luke Arm­bruster of St. An­drew’s crossed in 4:25.23 to win the 1,600, and Arik Smith (50-9) of St. John’s won the shot put. Jor­dan Walker of St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes won the long jump at 22-6.25.

The Bullis girls se­cured their team ti­tle long be­fore the meet was over, fin­ish­ing with 124 points to Car­roll’s 46.5 and Ge­orge­town Day’s 45. Alexis Postell led the way with wins in the 55 hur­dles, ty­ing the state best this sea­son in 8.12, and long jump (17-2). Sopho­more Cierra Pyles, mean­while, broke her own Mary­land No. 1 mark in the triple jump at 39-0.25.

“Dur­ing long jump, I fouled all my jumps, so I was re­ally frus­trated,” said Pyles, who used a pointer from her coaches to nail the triple jump. “They told me to just bring my arms back, use arms, arms and then reach, and that would give me a big jump.”

Bullis team­mates Lau­ryn Har­ris (40.15) in the 300 and Ma­sai Rus­sell (1:17.79) in the 500 also won ti­tles, and the Bull­dogs swept the 4x200 (1:45.71), 4x400 (4:02.36) and 4x800 (10:07.94) re­lays.

Ge­orge­town Day’s Mar­gaux Ameer used a late kick to win the girls’ 1,000 in 3:05.5. Kelisa Cain of St. Mary’s Ryken pulled up limp­ing as she crossed the fin­ish line but still clocked a 7.19 to take gold in the 55. McNa­mara’s Tay­lor Nolan won the high jump on misses at 5 feet.

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