Gaels pull away, 83-63, with sweeps in the final two events

Six MIAA track & field records were broken when Loyola Blakefield visited Mount St. Joseph for an MIAA A Conference meet, won by the host Gaels, 83-63.

The team competition came down to the final two events with St. Joe sweeping the top three spots in both the shot put and discus to pull away for the 20-point victory.

St. Joe broke a pair of relay records as the 4×800 unit of seniors Kevin Zaleski, Sean Miller and Will Sakowicz, along with freshman Charlie Butler shattered the previous school record by 3.5 seconds, with a time of 8:02.06. St. Joe also set a new MIAA mark in the 4×200 (1:34.3) and the Gaels’ Hunter Murphy ran 53 flat to set a record in the 400 meters.

Loyola also broke three league records as its 4×100 relay cruised at 43.50, Aaron Ray scooted to victory in the 200 (22.12) and also won the 300 intermediate hurdles in a record time of 40.9.

“It was really a great meet today,” said St. Joe coach Kyle Reagan. “It took a full team effort to beat a very good Loyola team. Beautiful weather with some top-notch marks on both sides. It came down to the last two events.”

Pictured above: Mount St. Joseph’s 4×800 relay team of (from left) Kevin Zaleski, Sean Miller, Will Sakowicz and Charlie Butler set a school and MIAA record with their time of 8:02.06 in the Gaels’ victory over Loyola.