Weekly Feature

2010-04-20 / Sports

Thunder’s White sets MMA 100 meter record


Mount St. Mary’s Malayah White sets a new Monsignor Martin League record in the 100 meter dash on Tuesday, April 13. White’s record breaking time was 12.2 seconds. Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Mount St. Mary’s Malayah White sets a new Monsignor Martin League record in the 100 meter dash on Tuesday, April 13. White’s record breaking time was 12.2 seconds. Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Malayah White has already broken track records in just one season at Mount St. Mary Academy. She’s now turned her attention to breaking Monsignor Martin Association records in her second year.

At last Tuesday’s track meet held at St. Francis High School between Mount St. Mary, Mount Mercy, Nichols and Cardinal O’Hara, White, Mount St. Mary’s sophomore track star, broke the Monsignor Martin 100 meter relay record with a time of 12.2. It was the first meet of the season for White and she finished three-tenths of a second better than her time from last year.

White already holds Mount St. Mary’s school record in both the 100 and 200 meter relay. The current MMA 100 meter record holder, White’s next goal is the league’s 200 meter record, which she is only two-tenths of a second off of.

“That’s a credit to all her hard work,” said Thunder track coach Chris Monaco. “She has a bright future ahead of her.”

The future looks promising for the sophomore, but White has already built an impressive resume for herself in just one year. As a freshman, White qualified for States in the 100 meter relay. The only sprinter who ran faster than her in the qualifier was the previous MMA 100 meter record holder. White broke her record less than a year later.

“I really think she’s one of the top three or four runners in the area and the top runner in the league,” Monaco said.

What impressed Monaco the most about White is her strong commitment to track. White trains regularly at the Thurman Thomas Sports Academy to improve her skills. During the winter, White excelled on the indoor track team, finishing first in the 50 meter and 300 meter events at the MMA All-Catholic Championships in January and was named to the All-Catholic First Team in the 55 meter, 300 meter and 4x150 meter relays.

Monaco said White’s commitment to track is a rare quality.

“Track can be just a filler for a lot of kids who play football or basketball or something else,” Monaco said. “This is her main focus. She works hard at it. Her commitment to the sport is great.”

White’s goals this season include winning performances at all-catholics and at states. She’s hoping to improve her time in the 400 meter relay and even has tried some long jumping, which Monaco called a work in progress.

This summer, one of White’s goals will be to qualify for the Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships to be held July 27-August 1 in Sacramento, Calif.

Meanwhile, the Mount St. Mary track and field team is off to a good start, winning their matches against Nichols/Cardinal O’Hara and Mount Mercy last Tuesday. Monaco said though that the team shouldn’t get too comfortable yet with matchups against some of the better teams in MMA still on the horizon. Monaco specifically mentioned Nardin as a team the Thunder will have to measure themselves against.

“We haven’t had any matchups with Nardin yet,” Monaco said. “They are a powerhouse. They have more kids on the team than most schools. We’re doing well. We ’ve had a good start, but we face some heavy hitters ahead.”

In order to stave off those heavy hitters, the Thunder will need strong performances from their best thrower, Jessica Harms. A junior, Harms was First Team All-Catholic for shot put during the Indoor Track season. She had a shot of 27 feet, three inches during Tuesday’s meet. Harms is the team’s captain and Monaco said she sets an example through her hard work.

“She’s a great leader,” he said. “She works with all the new kids. She works her butt off.”

Other key top performers returning for the Thunder include junior Danielle Stewart, whom Monaco called Mount St. Mary’s second fastest sprinter. Stewart’s best event is the 400 meter relay. She just missed qualifying for the event in states last year. Another key performer will be sophomore Kristian Walker, who was a long jump champion during indoor track season and finished second in the event at the state meet.

The Thunder have the week off due to spring break but will next compete against Holy Angels at 4 p.m. next Wednesday at Canisius High School.

Mount St. Mary’s Schedule 4-28 Holy Angels (Canisius) .... 4 p.m. 5-1 at Depew Relays ............ TBA 5-5 St. Mary’s/Immaculata ....... 4 p.m. 5-8 at Pioneer Invitational .. TBA 5-12 Sacred Heart/Nardin (Canisius) .................................... 4 p.m. 5-15 at Starpoint ................... TBA 5-18 All Catholics (Canisius) .. 4 p.m.

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