Marlins run past Mustangs

Mercy's 80-48 victory over host Birmingham Marian in girls track and field was largely due to its ability in the hurdles and distance races Tuesday.

The Marlins dominated those events in the Catholic League meet at Brother Rice High School and evened their dual record at 2-2.

“I've got to hand it to our hurdles crew,” Mercy coach Gary Servais said. “We swept both hurdle races, so that was key. Our distance crew swept the mile; we went one-two in the half mile and two mile, and we won the two-mile relay. That was pretty dominating.”

Mercy started on the track with Teagan Dillon, Katelyn Toloff, Celeste White and Mary Haapala winning the 3,200-meter relay in 11:01.

Marlins anticipate more offense

Coach Butch Babler believes the Mercy High School soccer team has the potential to be much better offensively in 2011.

If that proves to be the case, the Marlins could have a very good year.

“For us this year, the key is I think we're actually going to score goals, which has always been a problem for us,” Babler said, adding the Mercy defense will be solid.

The team leaders are senior captains Whitney Morey and Kirstie Racinski. Junior Mackenzie Williams is a third captain.

Morey will start on defense and Racinski at forward, although the two are interchangeable depending on what the team needs, Babler said. Williams will anchor the midfield.