Even for Good Counsel's Katie Rogus, a four-victory performance at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference track and field championships yesterday was not just an average day at the track.
Rogus won the triple jump and the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and set a school record in the long jump to lead the Falcons to the girls' team championship on a warm day at C.H. Flowers High in Springdale.
"I'm used to doing it, I do it all the time, but there's a little more pressure because you're going for team points," Rogus said. "I love doing it. I love the challenge, to try to prove to yourself that you can do it."
Rogus accounted for 40 of the Falcons' 117 points as they won for the second straight year. Elizabeth Seton, which got victories from Alicia Clement in the 200 and 400, was second with 90 points, and Holy Cross followed with 79.
In the boys' competition, Gonzaga used three field-event wins from junior Kenyon Churchwell to capture the title with 175 points. DeMatha, led by All-Met Dominic Berger's three wins, was second with 133 points.
Churchwell, a player on the Purple Eagles' basketball team, said he uses the track season to get prepared for basketball. He won the high jump (6 feet 4 inches), the triple jump (44-10 1/2) and the long jump (21-3 3/4).
"I'm really just trying to get in shape for basketball, but I found out I was pretty good at this too," Churchwell said. "It's fun, but I'm still a basketball player first."
Gonzaga senior Douglas Dutch won the 200, but he finished behind Berger in the 100, the second of Berger's three races yesterday. Just moments after winning the 100 hurdles with at time of 13.91 seconds, Berger won the 100 in 10.60 seconds, just ahead of Dutch (10.62).
In the 300 hurdles, Berger, who will run for Maryland next year, won in 37.72 seconds.
This season "has been very exciting," said Berger, who is among the nation's best hurdlers in the 100 and 300. "It makes me realize how much I love track and field, how I want to do this for as long as I can."
Carroll sophomore Randy Lee won the 400 and 800, including a dazzling 400 performance in which he finished in 47.90 seconds. The Lions finished third with 78 points.
Other double winners included Drew Abernethy of Good Counsel, boys' champ in the 1,600 and 3,200, and Lysette Deshields of Holy Cross, who won the 800 and 1,600.
Rogus's long jump (18 feet 1 inch) broke the school record. Rogus won three events as a sophomore last year.
"She's one of the best athletes I've ever had," Good Counsel Coach Tom Arnold said. "She aims to be the best she can possibly be."