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Track Wins the MIAA Championship

So they’ve done it! Mount Saint Joseph has won their first MIAA championship in 12 years. MSJ has proved how good of a team they truly are, bouncing back after not being ranked in the top 10 Track and Field teams by the Baltimore Sun at the beginning of the season. The Gaels used their motivation from not being able to compete in the Indoor Track championship to fuel them throughout this entire season of Outdoor Track.

The Gaels went undefeated in all dual meets this season, which gave them the title of dual meet champions (regular season) before competing in this year’s championship. They started off with a bang by wining the Loyola Relays. They then went on to defeat Calvert Hall, Curley, Spalding, Gilman, Loyola, and McDonogh. The Gaels relied on their depth to score in multiple events and dominate their competition. In day one of the MIAA championships, MSJ had to overcome a very rainy afternoon. Conditions were much better for the Gaels on second day of championships as they were able to pull away for the title. The Gaels ended up winning six out of the eighteen male events. They went on to score 157 points, which was 23 points ahead of runner up Gilman. The JV track squad actually were runner ups to Calvert Hall, as the Gales were edged by one point (Calvert Hall 150, MSJ 149). Throughout the two days there were multiple stellar performances, PR’s (personal records), and new records for the MSJ Track and Field record books.

The team was led by senior Emmanuel “Manny” Patterson who won four gold medals. Patterson won the open 100 meter race with a time of 10.68 seconds, won the open 200 meters with a time of 21.89 seconds (the second fastest 200 meter time in MSJ track history), and anchored the gold medal winning 4×100 meter and 4×200 meter relay teams.

Patterson, along with Juan Mendoza, Jadan Blue, and Darren Dunmoodie have put together a dominant 4×100 meter relay team, registering the third fastest 4×100 meter time in MSJ history and winning most of their races. The same can be said about the 4×200 meter relay team. Runners Joseph Jones, Dunmoodie, Blue, and Patterson ran the 6th fastest 4×200 meter time in MSJ history and won the gold medal at championships.

Ikena Obi and Chris Haley also had stellar performances in the 4×100 meter and 4×200 meter races respectively and look to step up and continue excelling, especially with the departure of seniors Patterson and Blue next year.

Alex Whittaker got a silver medal as he broke the 3200 meter record by 6 seconds. His time of 9 minutes and 32 seconds is by far the best 3200m time in MSJ history, and with another year left for Alex, he can only look to improve upon this mark. Alex was within five seconds of the number 1 distance runner in the state, Dalton Hengst.

The 4×800 meter relay team was awarded a bronze medal as they finished third in their race. The team of Michael Lochary, Calvin Parker, Joe Ruf, and Justin Russell ran a time of 8 minutes and 14 seconds. This is the second fastest 4×800 meter  time in MSJ history.

Jadan Blue got fifth place in the open 400 meters with an impressive time of 51.74 seconds. He also received a bronze medal in the long jump.

Whittaker and Russell placed fifth and eighth in the open 800 meters and placed fourth and fifth for the 1600 meters.

The Gaels also dominated the field events as Quinton Coe won the high jump and Christian Carter won shot put. Christian Heyward was second in the discus throw, and Darren Dunmoodie placed fifth in the triple jump.

Some impressive performances on the Junior Varsity side were Brendon Dawkins finishing third in the open 100 meters, while Ari Weems finished fifth. Luke Hansen got second in the 110 meter hurdles. Andrew Black placed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles. Andrew Brinker placed second, and received the silver medal, in the 1600 meters with his personal best of 4 minutes and 42 seconds. Garret Keidel placed sixth in that race. Sophomore standout Joey Zietowski ran great over the two-day event, placing third in the JV 800 meter race and again placing third in the JV 1600 meter race. Brinker also received a silver medal in the 3200 meters with a time of 10 minutes and 30 seconds. Gabe Antone placed fourth in that race with a time of 10 minutes and 39 seconds. The JV 4×400 meter relay team placed third with a time of 3 minutes and 46 seconds. The 4×800 relay team placed third. Killian Garvey finished third in the high jump. Nick Hershfeld placed third in the pole vault. Kendall Carter was second in the triple jump. Liam Fitzsimmons placed fourth in the open 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes and 7 seconds.

Although the Mount will be losing some very talented seniors, the team still has a lot of impressive underclassmen who will work hard to defend their MIAA title. Also, with the class of 2020 coming in, who knows how good of a team the Gaels can have next year.

The 2015-2016 season will go down as a running season for the ages, as MSJ won the Cross Country MIAA Championship, the Indoor Regular Season Championship, and the Outdoor Regular Season and MIAA Championship. Congratulations to all the runners who have made sacrifices and dedicated themselves to the sport of competitive running this year. Their efforts have definitely paid off.

Can the Gaels repeat all of this success next year? Stay tuned for next season to find out. But until then, the Gaels will have fun celebrating this hard-fought victory!

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Running Away With A Win

A great start to the season! Mount Saint Joseph dominated, winning the Loyola High School Relays.

This is already looking like an amazing season for Mount Saint Joseph’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Track teams. Before the first meet at Maryvale, head coach Luke Spurrier asked the team to guess what rank they thought the Baltimore Sun gave Mount Saint Joseph in the ranking of the top-ten track teams. The team was shocked when Coach told them that they weren’t listed in the poll at all. He quickly reassured the team that despite what anyone says, we have a good team. He emphasized that if the team wins a championship, preseason polls won’t matter because we’ll have proven that we are the best.

All the pent up frustration, emotion, and passion has driven the Gaels to three straight wins on the teams in the first three meets. The Gaels dominated the Loyola Relays and took home the first place trophy, despite the cold and inclement weather. The distance medley relay team of Hunter Petrik, Justin Russel, Alex Whittaker, and Carter Williams broke an all-time school record with a total time of 10 minutes and 53 seconds! They are just 17 seconds away from qualifying for the Penn Relays.

The Gaels went on the road and dominated Calvert Hall on both the Varsity and Junior Varsity squads. The Varsity won a lopsided 113-33 victory over the Cardinals. The JV score was 91-54. Manny Patterson broke a 35-year-old school record as he cruised to victory in the 100 meters. His time of 10.2 seconds was truly an unbelievable feat. Justin Russell was able to maintain focus, despite losing his shoe, to win the Varsity 1600 meter race! The lost shoe didn’t seem to bother him much at all as he led the race from start to finish and finished six seconds within the next runner. Calvin Parker was able to win the 400 meters. The team of Juan Mendoza, Okena Obi, Jaden Blue, and Manny Patterson were able to win the 4×100 meter relay.

Both teams also won the second meet against Archbishop Curley. Varsity edged the Friars 88-48 as JV outed Curley 80-47. It looked as if it could be a rainy, stormy meet during warm ups. When the meet started, conditions were fairly clear. However, the rain would eventually come, pouring down as conditions turned dismal. The Gaels wouldn’t let the cold and rain get to them as they won multiple events. The 4×800 meter relay team of Calvin Parker, Michael Lochary, Joe Ruf, and Chantley Levi started off the meet strong as they came from behind to win the race. Sadly, the 4×200 meter relay team would be disqualified because of a botched hand-off. JV runner Joey Zitowski looked strong as he won the 1600 meter race. Alex Whittaker had an impressive win in the 3200 meter race, as he won it with a time of 10 minutes flat.

So the team seems very amped up and strong so far. They have proven that hard work, dedication, and effort payoff as they’ve dominated all their competition so far this season. Next up, the team has the Woodward Relay meet. This is a great opportunity where the distance medley relay team can work on their goal to go to the Penn Relays. It’s also an opportunity for the 4x800m, 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relay teams to put forth a great effort, continue to progress, and strive to win. The Gaels will also be running a 4x1600m team that will have a strong chance for victory

Mount Saint Joseph already has a 4×400 meter relay team registered to go to the Penn Relays. The pool of athletes who could run are Jaden Blue, Calvin Parker, Justin Russell, Quinton Coe, Josh Vaughn, and Michael Lochary. This is the second year in a row the team will send a 4x400m relay team to Penn, and they hope they can improve upon their finish of third out of 12 teams.

Some other notable upcoming meets are a duel meet versus rival Gilman on April 23rd, a dual meet against Loyola on April 27th, Penn Relays on the weekend of April 29-30, and the MIAA Championships on May 11th and May 14th.

The flame that started back in the championship cross country season has not died as the Gaels have performed outstandingly ever since. The disappointment of not being able to  compete for the triple crown (winning an MIAA championship in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track) will continue to fuel the Gaels as they press on this season. So come out and support the Gaels for the rest of the time left this season as they continue to strive for their ultimate goal… an MIAA championship!

Mount Saint Joseph Receives Golden Ball from the Super Bowl Honor Roll


The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program is part of the nationwide celebration of Super Bowl 50. This season, the NFL has been recognizing schools that have had a positive impact on the history of the Super Bowl. High schools across the nation, and around the world, are receiving a Wilson brand Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from the school and was part of a Super Bowl roster. This program is recognizing over 2,000 high schools and about 3,000 players and coaches.

SAN DIEGO – DECEMBER 11, 1994: Offensive tackle Eric Jonassen #74 of the San Diego Chargers battles against defensive end Dennis Brown #96 of the San Francisco 49ers during a game at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Mount Saint Joseph graduate Eric Jonassen has been honored with a Golden Football that the Mount is proudly displaying now in the main office. Jonassen is a member of the Mount Saint Joseph class of 1986. He was a part of the Penn State team of 1987 who won the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl National Championship. He then went on to play in the NFL as a left tackle for the San Diego Chargers. In the 1994 season, the team made it to Superbowl XXIX and competed against the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s a great accomplishment to be able say that the Mount has produced a football player who made it to not only the highest level of football, but to the pinnacle of success in the NFL. This may inspire current athletes of the Mount to realize that anything is possible and athletic dreams can come true. This may also be a lasting inspiration for future Mount athletes as well.