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Harford athletes win 20 events on track and on field

Three win triple events and three others are double winners

BY BILL BLEWETT, Aegis correspondent

June 24, 2011

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Harford athletes won 20 events in the AAU Maryland District Championships held in Baltimore June 11-12. The meet is Maryland's largest annual age-group track and field event.

The performances included triple wins by Katherine Eckart, Mylique McGriff and Isaiah Everett and double wins by Christina Riggins, Chance Singleton and Akeen Mooring.

Eckart, a member of the Harford County Track Club, easily won each of her three races in the age-12 competition. She led the 800-meter run by 10 seconds in 2:39.46, the 1,500 by 21 seconds in 5:18.13, and the 3,000 by 1 1/2 minutes in 11:49.5. Teammate Emma Bowditch finished second in the 3,000 in 13:17.72.

McGriff, a member of the Aberdeen Soaring Eagles, won the age-12 dashes, clocking 12.64 seconds in the 100 and 26.01 in the 200. He also won the long jump.

Everett, also from the Aberdeen club, won the same three events in age-13 competition. He ran 12.54 in the 100 dash, 25.78 in the 200, and he long-jumped 16-0 1/2. He also ran a 59.57 in the 400 for third place. Djimon Harried of Bel Air took second in the 100 at 12.97 and third in the long jump at 15-6 3/4 behind Everett.

The meet included nine age divisions ranging from under-8 to 17-18 with single-year age groups between 9 and 14.

Among 12-year-olds, Riggins, of Bel Air, won the high jump at 4-8 and the long jump at 14-7 1/2. She placed second in the 100 dash in 13.59 seconds, 0.15-second behind the winner.

Singleton, of the Joppatowne Roadrunners Club, won the 100 in 14.08 and the 200 in 29.64 in age-10 competition. Mooring, of Joppatowne, won the long jump in 17-18 at 20-8 1/2 and the triple jump at 42-9 1/4.

Kiersten Bond of Aberdeen produced an outstanding mark in the long jump, a personal best of 18-3 1/2 in winning the 17-18 competition.

Among 10-year-olds, Jahmaad Stansbury of Aberdeen won the 400 dash in 1:11.03. Jasmine Ayala of the Joppatowne club won the age-14 javelin throw at 32-4, and Keivon Bowman of Aberdeen, the age-11 discus at 54-0. Teammate Nicholas Alleyne was second at 49-11.

The Harford Track Club's 13-14 boys relay team of Chris Jones, Mark Pickett, Jonathan Sayihe and Matt Chin won a closely contested 4x400 relay in 3:59.86. It was the club's first win in a sprint relay at the state level.

Chin added third-place finishes in the 100 (11.99), 200 (24.59) and 400 (55.26) in age-14 competition. Pickett was second in the 800 in 2:17.05, second in the 3,000 in 10:14.85, and third in the 1,500 in a personal best of 4:41.25.

There were several other second-place Harford finishes in the girls competition: Sydney Rhodes, 14, 800 in 2:34.85; Esther Cross, 15, 1500 in 5:25.73; Madison Whitehurst, 7, 100 in 16.74 and 200 in 34.93; Ashleigh Deems, 8, 800 in 3:29.9; Destiny Presbury, 12, discus, 53-1; Nia Alleyne, 17, triple jump, 35-7 3/4; Shawnta Bradford, 17, discus, 96-7; Brittney Keene, Esther Cross, Marisa Abbey, and Breanna Keene, 15-16, 4x400 relay in 4:32.76.

Finishing second in the boys competition were Alex Love, 17, 100 in 11.35; Nicholas Brown, 18, shot put, 35-0; Raymond King, 16, long jump, 19-6 1/2 and triple jump, 38-10 1/2; Heard Ayala-Ray, 8, 100 in 16.68 and 200 in 34.47 and 400 in 1:19.18; Keivon Bowman, 11, shot put, 24-10; Djimon Harried, 13, 100 in 12.97; David Price, 13, high jump, 4-4; Stephen Blackwell, 13, shot put, 25-7; James Blackwell, 15, shot put, 32-6; Joppatowne Roadrunners, 17-18, 4x100 relay in 45.33.

Finishing third among the girls were Jessica Rogers, 11, 800 in 2:39.09; Briana McAllister, 13, 100 hurdles, 20.37 and long jump 13-3 3/4; Sabrina Rhodes, 14, 3000 in 12:48.42; Marisa Abbey, 15, 3000 in 12:37.2; Nia Alleyne, 17, high jump, 5-0; Shawnta Bradford, 17, shot put, 33-8 1/2; Lacey Presbury, 15, shot put, 28-4 1/2 and discus, 80-11 1/2; Kiersten Bond, 17, triple jump, 35-2; Emma Bowditch, 12, 1500 in 6:03.11.

Third-place boys' finishes: Alex Love, 17, 200 in 23.11; Seth Rickey, 13, 3000 in 13:22.93; Jahmaad Stansbury, 10, 200 in 31.51; Daesean Winston, 11, 100 in 14.08; Tyrell Lacoste, 11, long jump; Nicholas Alleyne, 11, shot put, 22-5; Sam Queen, 12, 100 hurdles in 17.25; David Blackwell, 8, long jump; Keyon Brown, 9, 100 in 15.46; Niles Alleyne, 9, long jump.