Elizabeth Seton girls, Good Counsel boys defend crowns
Elizabeth Seton senior Lauren Morgan entered Saturday’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference track and field championships with her school’s streak of 10 consecutive titles and her own streak of winning every 100- and 200-meter race she competed in, on the line.
In the 100, her first final of the day at Good Counsel in Olney, Morgan and Kelisa Cain of St. Mary’s Ryken ran stride for stride from the starting gun. The finish was too close to call until the automated result flashed on the screen.
“I thought I lost. I was shaking,” said Morgan, who edged Cain by one thousandth of a second to win in 11.936 seconds. “I was like, ‘Oh man, I ruined the streak and I didn’t get enough points for my team.’ When I heard I won, I was really excited and really relieved, and when I found out I got the [meet] record, I was really happy.”
Morgan clocked 23.99 for her fourth consecutive title in the 200, and junior Georgia Coleman swept the discus throw (105 feet 7 inches) and shot put (37-3) as the Road Runners secured their 11th consecutive girls’ team title with 169.33 points.
With sophomore Hilerie Knights winning the 1,600 (5:18.92) and as part of Good Counsel’s first-place 4x800 relay team (9:55.58), the Falcons finished second in the team standings with 106 points.
Sophomore Alahna Sabbakhan and junior Kasey Ebb powered St. John’s to a third-place finish with 99 points. Sabbakhan clocked 2:16.7 to claim the 800 title, Ebb burned a 55.85 for the 400 title, and both were members of the Cadets’ winning 4x200 (1:42.25) and 4x400 (4:01.46) relays.
“Last year, I was nowhere close to having this many medals and [contributing] this many points, so I’m really proud of myself,” Ebb said.
Aiming to add to his legacy on his home track and set the precedent for Good Counsel’s runners of the future, senior Darnell Pratt clocked a meet-record 47.78 to win the 400 title. After getting it done in the distance events last year, the Falcons repeated as boys’ WCAC champions with 161 points on the strength of their sprinters.
“I wanted to leave Good Counsel with another championship and leave this program on a high note so that people want to come to Good Counsel and respect the track program,” said Pratt, who ran the anchor leg of the Falcons’ 4x200 team, which crossed in a record 1:26.63.
St. John’s senior Eric Harrison Jr. knew that he would need a sizable cushion over Pratt around the curve of the 200 if he was going to hold him off down the stretch and lock up his second title of the day.
“I knew if he wasn’t close to me by the end of the curve, then I had it,” said Harrison, who crossed in 21.33 for the win. “His last 150 [meters] is just crazy.”
Earlier in the meet, Harrison bolted to a win in the 100 in 10.67. He also ran the opening leg of the Cadets’ 4x100 team, which won in 42.28. Arik Smith won the discus throw with a record mark of 159-9 and also won the shot put (49-6.5), while Demani Hansford took both the triple jump (41-01/2) and 110 hurdles (14.79) as the Cadets placed second with 130 points.
Senior Harry Monroe earned victories in the 1,600 (4:24.86) and 3,200 (9:57.84) and was the opening leg of the Eagles’ winning 4x800 (7:57.85) relay paced Gonzaga to a third-place finish with 91 points. Sophomore David Giannini, meanwhile, anchored the 4x800 team and won the open 800 in 1:58.14.