Sean McGorty started his season with a flourish Saturday at the Southern Maryland Indoor Track Classic, clocking the fastest time in the country in the 3,200-meter run in Landover.
The Chantilly senior had to swing out wide to lap the slowest runners during the 16-lap affair before accelerating to the line and freezing the clock in 9 minutes 7.50 seconds in his indoor debut.
“I have no complaints about that time,” McGorty said.
No competitors came close to finishing near McGorty Saturday. Senior teammate Logan Miller was runner-up in 9:35.71.
Nobody even comes close to McGorty in the national rankings. Kyle Levermore of Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) is the No. 2 performer in the land, running 9:14.66 for a full two miles at a meet in December.
McGorty, who is committed to Stanford, had a long cross-country season that began last August and culminated last month in a runner-up finish at Foot Locker nationals. Instead of jumping into the indoor season right away, the All-Met Athlete of the Year took several weeks off to let his body rest and recharge.
A break didn’t mean a breakdown. Fans at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, sensing the specialness of what he was about to accomplish, erupted in applause Saturday as McGorty was coming home and spurred him to the sensational time that was just two seconds off his career best.
McGorty ran 9:05.51 to win the Virginia AAA 3,200 meters title last June. But he had been training all season long and was at his peak when he did that.
He nearly matched it on Saturday—in his season opener no less and on an indoor track that generally isn’t as fast as the ones outdoors.
“It was a great race to come back and get adjusted,” McGorty said. “It definitely helped me get the old indoor track feeling back.”
Elsewhere at the meet, Wootton senior Gwen Shaw was one of the top female performers, winning the 300 by almost a full second over Bowie’s Janice George in a personal-best 40.55. The All-Met also placed second in the 55 hurdles in 8.31, just .01 of a second behind Howard’s Christine London.
Two girls were well over 40 feet in the shot put in Bowie’s Antonella Taylor and Clarksburg’s Claudia Ababio, but it was Taylor who remained unbeaten this season with a toss of 45 feet 0.50 inches. It wasn’t her best effort of the year — Taylor is the national leader in the event at 46-4.25 — but it was more than four feet further than Ababio threw and the No. 2 throw in the country.
South County senior Felecia Majors won four events at the Southeastern Invitational on Saturday, showing off her incredible range and versatility in Hampton.
Majors, the two-time defending All-Met Athlete of the Year in indoor track, beat Grassfield’s Brittnee Perry to the line by almost two full seconds in the 300 meters and froze the clock in a personal-best 40.10 at Boo Williams Sportsplex. She also won the high jump with a personal-best 5-6.
The Tennessee recruit also took the pole vault with 11-0 and ran a leg on the Stallions’ 4x400 relay team that squeaked past Cosby in 4:02.83.
Majors currently owns the top marks in Virginia in the 300, long jump, pole vault and triple jump.
Bishop McNamara senior Brielyn Rogers won the triple jump Saturday at the Hispanic Games in New York City.
Rogers, who recently committed to Tennessee, stayed undefeated this season, beating out New York’s Imani McGhee wish a leap of 39-1.5.
Mustangs senior Jordan Martin lowered his Maryland-leading time in the 55 hurdles with a victory Saturday in 7.46.
Riverdale Baptist sophomore Rashad Manning also made the trip to the famed Armory and found success. Manning, the Maryland state leader in the shot put, finished third at the Hispanic Games with 55-8.