DeMatha senior Jamar Nash stepped up to the start of the 800-meter final Saturday at Good Counsel with his team trailing Gonzaga and three events remaining. His knee had been bothering him throughout the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships, but he was forced to make the pain an afterthought.
The Stags were looking for a big-time performance from Nash in just his first full year of track, and the senior delivered.
In a matchup with defending 800 champion Collin Crilly of Good Counsel, Nash held the lead entering the final lap. When Crilly made his move with 250 meters left, Nash kept his composure and fended off the veteran, winning the race in 1 minute 57.96 seconds and vaulting DeMatha to the boys’ team championship.
“I just knew I had to open my stride and keep up my speed so I wouldn’t decelerate,” said Nash, who competed in only two meets a year ago because of a hip injury. “I took it 100 meters at a time and made sure I put a higher percentage each time to finish strong.”
Stags junior Joe Graham placed third and junior Jeremy Langley placed fourth in the 800, providing a scoring cushion DeMatha would not relinquish. The Stags finished with 159.5 points for their third straight title. Gonzaga (145) took second.
Elizabeth Seton (200 points) dominated on the girls’ side for its eighth consecutive title, and McNamara (149) finished second.
DeMatha junior All-Met Daryl Haraway Jr. set meet records in the 200 (21.26 seconds in preliminaries) and 100 (10.51 in the finals) to repeat as champion in both events.
Roadrunners senior and North Carolina State signee Javonne Antoine accounted for 28 points and just missed a sweep of the jump events. Antoine won the long jump (18 feet 2.5 inches) and placed second in the high jump (5-2) on Friday.
In the triple jump, her specialty, she set a meet record with a jump of 39-9.
Freshman Lauren Morgan swept the 100 and 200 meter dashes (12.18 and 25.22, respectively) for Seton.
St. John’s junior Ayron Monroe earned first-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (14.55) and long jump (21-10) and placed second in the 300 hurdles (40.58).
Gonzaga senior Chris Hoyle set a meet record in the 3,200 (9:22.09). Elizabeth Seton senior Jourdyn Beverly won the shot put with a meet-record 37-8.
McNamara junior Deja Bell swept the 100 hurdles (14.53) and 300 hurdles (46.51).
— Tariq Lee
The Potomac School boys’ tennis team cruised to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I championship, beating Norfolk Academy, 5-0, in the finals at Collegiate School in Richmond.
Senior Josh Hublitz, who dropped only four games all tournament, beat Dillon Jacob, 10-1, to cap an unbeaten season at No. 1.
The Panthers clinched the title with a win at No. 3 singles and did not have to play the doubles flights or finish their match at No. 2 singles with the tournament result already determined.
“This is by far the best tennis for me this season,” Hublitz said.
— Kelyn Soong