The MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships took place on Jan. 18 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, Landover. The date was different, the head coach was new, but the end result was the same with another Mount St. Joseph High School walk-away title championship.
The Irvington Gaels scored 119.5 points to Gilman’s second-place finish with a score of 83 points. Calvert Hall College High School, Towson, finished third with 79.5 points, and Loyola Blakefield, Towson, finished fourth with 62 points.
Gaels Head Coach Vince Fuller would only say that it was a total team effort. “I am extremely pleased with the hard work and commitment of these athletes,” said Fuller, who is in his first year as head coach after assisting longtime Head Coach Gene Constantine last season.
The Gaels are unstoppable in the field events and short sprints; it’s where they stockpile their points.
The Gaels scored 18 points in the 55-meter hurdles with a first- and second-place finish from Terence Robinson and Dorian Johnson, respectively. They took the top three spots, for 24 points, in the long jump with stellar efforts from Johnson, Marcus Stanback and Markeith Price. In fact, the Gaels netted points in 12 of the championships’ 15 events.
This was the Gaels’ 11th championship title in the last 13 years. The Mount St. Joe junior varsity team also took first place.