Track & field

Seton's Adenike Pedro rekindles her success at Georgetown Prep Private School Invitational

By Carl Little
Sunday, February 14, 2010

When the first snow buried the area roughly 10 days ago, Adenike Pedro welcomed the break from her routine of school and sports. But when the second blizzard hit, what previously made her feel cheery started to make her feel caged.

Pedro was happier to compete at the Georgetown Prep Private School Invitational Saturday than at any other track meet in recent memory. With a chance to finally unfurl her nearly 6-foot frame, the Elizabeth Seton senior shook off enough rust to win two events, setting a meet record in one of them in North Bethesda.

"I was bored out of my mind. I needed something to get my body moving," said Pedro, shaking out her arms and legs.

Everybody got moving for Elizabeth Seton, which won the girls' unofficial private schools championship. The Roadrunners finished well ahead of Good Counsel and Georgetown Visitation.

Gonzaga won its second straight boys' championship behind Bill Ledder, who won the 1,600 in 4 minutes 13.42 seconds, slicing an astonishing 16 seconds off the meet record he set last year. DeMatha held off Good Counsel by one point for second.

Pedro said she couldn't practice at all during the snowstorms, other than a few runs on a treadmill, and it became obvious early that the extended layoff had taken its toll. On her third attempt in the long jump, she took off from behind the board, missing it entirely before skipping awkwardly into the sand. In the 55-meter dash, she got stuck in the blocks when the official fired the starter's pistol.

But her athleticism made up for a lack of sharpness. Pedro, who signed with Ohio State last week, jumped 18 feet 4.75 inches on her fourth and final attempt to break the meet record she set last year by 1.25 inches. She also recovered in the 55, sprinting past two competitors and winning in 7.18 seconds.

"Once I get back in the rhythm of my training I'll be okay," Pedro said. "It's crazy, but I'm actually not too far off."

Surprisingly, neither were a lot of other competitors. Classmate Ambrosia Iwugo won the 300 in a meet-record 40.31.

DeMatha senior William Kellogg breezed to victory in the boys' 500 in a meet-record 1:05.14.

Gonzaga senior Aaron Shepperd and McDonogh's Justin Gross both broke the meet record in the first round of the 55 hurdles, with Shepperd taking the fastest time into the final. But Gross gained separation from Shepperd over the final two hurdles and won in 7.61. Shepperd was runner-up in 7.66.

Georgetown Prep Private School Invitational

Easier for a Carr: Georgetown Visitation sophomore Grace Carr won the 1,600 in 5:26.75 before capturing the 3,200 in 11:48.53.

Need for speed: DeMatha, Good Counsel and Spalding all broke the meet record of 1:32.9 in the 4x200, but DeMatha won (1:32.17).

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