Make room for two more championship trophies at Cardinal O'Hara. Once again the Lions are the undisputed kings and queens of indoor track in the Catholic League.
O'Hara won both team titles Sunday at Lehigh University, something the Lions haven't done since 2009. It was the 11th championship for the boys team in the last 12 years and the second straight and fifth crown for the girls since 2002.
The boys edged La Salle by 17 points to reclaim the title, while the girls topped Archbishop Ryan by 24 points to retain the championship.
One of the most impressive performances of the day was turned in by senior Amy Kelly. She won the mile, finished second in the 3,000 and third in the 800. The 800 and 3,000 were back-to-back events.
Kelly's victory in the mile was one of three individual titles for the Lions. Olivia Arizin captured the 800, while Erin Dolan crossed the line first in the 3,000. The Lions also won the 4 x 800 and DMR, and was second in both the 4 x 200- and 4 x 400-meter relays. Dolan also was fourth in the mile, while Grace Mancini finished second in the mile and fourth in the 3,000. Sara Hayes took third in the 3,000 and was fifth in the mile.
O'Hara took the top four spots in the 800, five of the top six places in both the mile and 3,000. In the 3,000, 10 of the first 11 runners across the finish line were from O'Hara.
Alex Patrick also came up huge for the Lions. She was second in both the long and triple jumps and took fifth in the 200. Anita Jackson scored eight big points with a second place in the pole vault.
Julianne Groshon of Bonner-Prendergast was sixth in the 800. The Pandas also medaled in all four relay events. Archishop Carroll's Gabriella Miele kept O'Hara from making a clean sweep of the medals in the 3,000. She was fifth.
On the boys side, O'Hara's domination of the distance races was nearly as impressive as the girls. Nick Smart led a 1-2-3 O'Hara finish in the 800. Jim Belfatto was second and Kevin James third. Those three also earned medals in the mile. James was second, Belfatto third and Smart fourth. Rob Morrow, Drew Pastore and Ryan James were second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 3,000.
The Lions also won the 4 x 200, finished second in the 4 x 400 and DMR and fourth in the 4 x 800. Lamont Veal captured the 60-meter dash and was second in the 200. The Lions also picked up key points in the field events. Alexander Constantini was second in the shot put. J.P. Collins was fourth in the long jump, Jeff Govanicci placed fifth in the pole vault and Dan O'Neill was sixth in the high jump.
Joe Sullivan was fourth in the 800 to lead Bonner-Prendergast. The Friars also were second to St. Josph's Prep in the 4 x 800. Christian D'Andrea of Archbishop Carroll was sixth in the triple jump.