Good Counsel Coach Tom Arnold hardly expected to console Katie Rogus after the Falcons' junior claimed four individual titles at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday.
But Rogus entered the meet at C.H. Flowers with goals beyond winning. Before the start of the season she set personal goals of breaking the Wheaton school's records in the four events in which she competed. Rogus did just that in two events by leaping 18 feet 1 inch in the long jump and running the 100-meter hurdles in 14.59 seconds. But she fell just short of her marks by running the 300 hurdles in 45.5 seconds and leaping 35-1/4 in the triple jump.
"After those two events you would think she had finished dead last because she looked so upset," Arnold said. "But I told her, 'You've reached two of four pretty lofty goals. You should be proud.' She's so competitive. She's never satisfied."
Rogus' personal effort also guided the short-handed Falcons to their second consecutive conference title.
Rogus totaled 40 of the Falcons' 117 team points as they outdistanced second place Elizabeth Seton (90). Good Counsel's repeat championship is even more impressive considering the Falcons field just 11 members.
"I would have loved to hit my goal times in every single one of them, but I'm happy with the ones that I did hit," Rogus said. "There was much more pressure on every one of us. Our entire team won it this year."
Rogus was not alone in leading Good Counsel to the crown. Rachel Bentley won the 3,200 meters (12:24.75), finished second in the 1,600, fourth in the 800 and was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team. Brittney Unger finished second in the 100 hurdles and ran on the winning 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. Yeaty Kponou placed second in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the 100 hurdles and was a part of the 4x200 and 4x400 teams.
"We had to double up and triple up the number of events we asked them to do and they all came through and scored points," Arnold said.