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MDSA Earns Two Silvers at Track Nationals

MDSA Earns Two Silvers at Track Nationals

A pair of silver medal performances were produced for Mount de Sales at the New Balance Nationals Indoor track and field high school championships over the weekend, March 8-10, establishing a Maryland state girls high school record.

Running the seasons U.S. number two performance in the 1600-meter Sprint Medley Relay championship section, the Sailors won second-place medals with a run of 4-minutes, 1.73 seconds at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York. MDSA was only beaten by Union Catholic of New Jersey, of the 36 other competing schools.

That time of 4:01.73 was a Maryland state record for all high schools.

Silver medalists Edeline Davies ’19, Bella Whittaker ’20, Samantha Facius ’10, and Juliette Whittaker ’22, earned All American status (top six) on Saturday, March 9.  The Sailors went into the seventh and final heat as the meet’s sixth-seeded team and worked their way into the runner-up position through two 200-meter legs plus 400 and 800-meter baton carries.  The effort lowered the MDSA school record set in 2014 by seven seconds.

The next morning, March 10, Juliette Whittaker just missed a gold medal in the Freshman Mile run. After a shoulder-to-shoulder battle with a Chicago runner, she was out leaned by .04 of a second at the finish. Her time of 4:59.40 among the top five of all freshmen in the U.S. this winter.

In the Championship 400 meters, Bella Whittaker ran 56.17 placing 16th, March 9. Her time is MD #2, and a MDSA record.

Hopes of another high placing were dashed in the opening seconds of the 4x800 relay on Saturday when leadoff runner Samantha Facius was knocked to the track.  Despite the Whittaker sisters and Emily Kosloski ‘21 completing the race with a time that no other Maryland school has run (9:31.50) this season, they placed out of contention.  MDSA had toed the starting line with the nation’s fourth best performance, 9:07.87.  A repeat time would have been second overall.

Mount de Sales’ also competed in the 4x55 shuttle hurdle relay placing 22nd out of 34 entrants.  Competing were Alexis Boyko ’21, Keelin Becker ’21, Meredith Buller ’19, and Lexi Hamilton ‘19.

While Meaghan Slattery ’20, Jennifer Taylor ’19, Hamilton and Kosloski ran in the Emerging Elite division’s 1600 Sprint Medley on Friday, March 8.

Notes: Multiple All Americans- Edeline Davies and Bella Whittaker became three-time All Americans with their SMR efforts while Samantha Facius became a two-time All American. All three girls ran on top six finishing relay teams at the 2018 Outdoor Nationals.

Over 3,000 athletes from 40-plus states and Canada qualified, entered and competed in the 21st annual championship meet.

New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship Videos:

Championship 1600 Meter Sprint Medley Relay

Freshman Girls Mile

Shuttle Hurdle Relay


 

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