Dunbar girls, Gonzaga boys take home DCSAA indoor track championships

February 11

Dunbar senior runner Mecca Brown knew she was going to face stiff competition in the 300 meters at the DCSAA indoor track championships at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.

With teammate London Freeland sitting out the event Tuesday, Brown figured she’d have to dig deep and pull out a first-place finish for the Crimson Tide. She was able to do that, finishing the race in 41.18 seconds to spark her team to the girls’ overall title.

St. John’s senior Chandler Baxter placed second with a 42.63.

“Everybody else had to step up,” Brown said. “I feel I did a really good job for the team. I knew I had to push myself.”

Dunbar held on for first with 127 points. Wilson (109) was second.

Gonzaga won its second consecutive DCSAA boys’ title, edging runner-up Georgetown Day, 99-95. The Eagles picked up a big win in the high jump, with Maurice Holmes tying a personal best by clearing 6 feet 4 inches. Holmes also had third-place showings in the long jump (21-2) and the 55 hurdles (7.84).

“We were really focused on perfecting our individual events and then coming together as a team,” Holmes said. “We really wanted to come in and make a statement that we’re back again.”

H.D. Woodson junior Harvey Robinson won his sixth consecutive shot put title, counting both the DCSAA and DCIAA indoor and outdoor championships.

His throw of 49 feet was good for a win. Carroll’s Julian Nelson was second at 46-2.

“It’s a big accomplishment,” Robinson said. “I’m trying to get my name out there, get some [college] offers and get noticed.”

Georgetown Visitation distance runner Emily Kaplan picked up wins in the 800 (2:26.27) and 1,600 (5:19.97).

Carroll sprinter Stedman Cook won the 55-meter dash in one of the most exciting races of the day. A photo finish, Cook edged Theodore Roosevelt’s Maurice Morris, 6.641 to 6.664.

“As a runner, you’re worried,” Cook said. “But I trusted I did everything I needed to do and executed the plan my coaches set out for me to do.”

The St. John’s boys’ 4x200 team rallied in the final two laps to win. The Cadets’ time of 1:33.42 qualified them for the New Balance National Indoors.

“We have a lot of strong runners on our team,” said Ayron Monroe, who ran the opening leg. “At any given moment, we can pick four different runners and drop a good time.”

Monroe also won the long jump (21-9) and placed second in the 55 hurdles (7.69) behind McKinley Tech’s Moses Kennedy (7.64).

Theodore Roosevelt’s Abdur-Rahmaan Kelly won the 800 (2:01.50) and 1,600 (4:26.38). In each race, Kelly held close to the front of the pack before sprinting to wins in the final lap.

“It’s just hard work, man,” Kelly said. “Hard work pays off.”

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