El­iz­a­beth Se­ton girls, Good Coun­sel boys de­fend crowns

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL - BY DAN ROTH

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.

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