Girls Track and Field: Marist second to Benet in East Suburban Catholic Conference meet
By Gary Larsen For Sun-Times Media May 7, 2014 9:02PM
Updated: May 7, 2014 11:00PM
Marist’s won six of 18 events at Wednesday’s East Suburban Catholic Conference meet, but Benet’s depth proved insurmountable.
The Redwings won their eighth consecutive conference track title and their 19th in 22 years, edging second-place Marist 141-119 at Concordia College. Providence was third with 88 points and Fenwick took fourth with 73 points.
“It was a tale of two styles. Marist has a lot of stars,” Benet coach Scott Brooks said. “We don’t have a lot of stars. We just have depth. I think we scored in almost every event — and I knew that’s what we had to do.
“And I can’t even begin to name the number of PR’s and unexpected performances we had (Wednesday). They wanted this.”
Benet had two champions in long jumper Jenna Martin and discus thrower Claire Erlenborn. Martin repeated as conference champion while Erlenborn tossed a personal record of 91 feet, 10 inches in overtaking last year’s champion, teammate Olivia Bugno.
“It was a really good day,” Erlenborn said. “We’ve had horrible weather all season but (Wednesday) it was perfect and the wind was nice.”
Benet’s mix of seniors and freshmen have carried the load this season.
“I think our seniors did a good job of pushing the freshmen and getting them to step it up,” Erlenborn said. “But we’ve all been wowed at how great some of them are doing.”
Marist’s Kelly Corrollo won high jump and pole vault titles, while the finish of the day went to Marist’s AnnMarie Leonard, who finished the 3,200-meter run .13 seconds ahead of Benet’s Clare McCabe. The two finished the final 50 meters shoulder to shoulder.
“It’s good because you have somebody to push you in that situation,” Leonard said. “I ran the 4-by-800 earlier so I knew this race would be tough.”
Fenwick’s Grace Cronin nearly won three events, taking the 100 and 300 hurdles and finishing second in the high jump. Cronin’s 15.69 time in the 100 hurdles was a full second faster than second-place finisher Loren Riedy, of Benet.
“I always have butterflies but not as much (Wednesday),” Cronin said. “It’s my first year in the (100 hurdles) and I’m getting more comfortable with it. And I wasn’t my best in the high jump (Wednesday).”
Marist also earned titles in the 3,200 and 800 relays while Alexis Pitts won the 100 meter dash for the RedHawks.
Providence won the 400 and 1,600 relays while the Celtics’ Emma Griffith won the 400 meters. Fenwick’s Olivia Ryan used a tremendous kick to overtake Marist’s MaryClare Leonard in the 800 meters.
Mee’Shaunda Roddy took the 200-meter title for Marian Catholic, Nazareth’s Raven Gant won the shot put and Carmel’s Hosana Huff won the triple jump.