Facius Leads Sailors at IAAM Track Championships

Facius Leads Sailors at IAAM Track Championships

Contributing to three event wins and a second place, Samantha Facius ’19 led Mount de Sales at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference Track and Field Championships held May 10 and 15.

Overall MDSA placed third in the completion scoring 127 points. Winning the team title was McDonogh with Maryvale second.  MDSA almost doubled fourth place Bryn Mawr’s total in the eight school conference.

A win in the 4x800 meter relay with teammates Amelia Getka, ’18, Erin Kosloski, ’18, and Katerina Boutselis, ’18, opened day one’s competition.  With her sister Sailors handing Facius the baton and a healthy cushion which she built on for the win by almost 10-seconds in 9:42.31.

The IAAM honors event winners as All Conference athletes.  All four Sailors will be recognized with that honor.
Facius later placed second in 3200 meter run on day one. 

Forecasted rain postponed the championship finale to Monday, May 15, and MDSA scored points in all but three of the 18 contested events.

Coming into the meet as the top seed in the 1600 and 800 meter runs, Facius lived up to that billing with a pair of firsts. Taking the 1600 in 5:00.60 and the 800 in 2:17.92.

Breaking a MDSA school record was Bella Whittaker with a time of 56.97 seconds in the 400 meters where she placed second.

Also contributing event points to the team score were:

  • 100 meters- 2nd, Edeline Davies, ’19; 4th, Kevilyn Frazier, ’18; 7th, Grace Flynn, ’20.
  • 200 meters- 4th, Frazier; 7th, Amanda Grebosky, ’17; 8th, Flynn.
  • 800 meters- 3rd, Boutselis.
  • 1600 meters- 8th, Getka.
  • 3200 meters- 4th, Kelly Salankiewicz, ’17.
  • 300 meter hurdles- 5th, Lexi Hamilton, ’19.
  • 4x100 meter relay- 2nd, Grebosky, Frazier, Jen Taylor, ’19, Meaghan Slattery, ’20.
  • 4x200 meter relay- 2nd, Grebosky, Frazier, Claire Nilan, ’20, Whittaker.
  • 4x400 meter relay- 3rd, Hamilton, Slattery, Boutselis, Whittaker.
  • High Jump- Mae Smith, tie for 6th, Meredith Buller, ’19; Colleen Howard, ’18.
  • Triple Jump- 6th, Buller.
  • Shot Put- 7th, Buller.
  • Discus- 7th, Katie Thomas, ’18.
  • Pole Vault- 7th, Carly Coakley, ’17.

While the league year ends with the championship meet, at least eight MDSA track athletes will continue their season at the New Balance Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 16, 17, 18 in Greensboro, N.C.  This marks the sixth straight year Sailors have qualified for the nationals.

Photo Caption: The IAAM championship winning Mount de Sales 4x800 meter relay team. From the left: Katerina Boutselis, Erin Kosloski, Samantha Facius, Amelia Getka.

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