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Harford indoor track athletes shine in region meets

John Carroll's Kiana Wright led the way as Harford track and field teams entered the championship phase of the indoor season Feb. 1 at the Prince George's Sportsplex in Landover.

Wright won two events in the IAAM-MIAA championship meet to lead the Patriots to a runner-up finish among 14 girls' teams. Austin Markley finished first, second, third, and fourth in his four events to lead the John Carroll boys.

Wright won the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 16-1 1/2 and 34-6, respectively. She also ran on two third-place relay teams to help score 32 points, one-third of the points her team won in finishing second to McDonogh School.

In the 4x200, Wright ran with Meredith Haggerty, Meghan Thompson and Emma Wall to clock 1:53.64. In the 4x400, she teamed with Caroline Haggerty, Meredith Haggerty, and Kristen Kohles for a 4:19.44.

The Patriots scored most of their 95 points with third-place finishes. Kohles was third in both the 800 in 2:27.51 and the 1600 in 5:26.69. Also finishing third were Amanda Spaeth in the 3200 in 12:13.51; Rebecca Driver, 55 hurdles in 9.86 and high jump at 4-8; and Hannah Jacques, shot put, 29-8. Shannon Vinton took second in the high jump at 4-10. Alex Gromacki was fourth in the 3200 in 12:20.40.

John Carroll placed seventh in the boys' (MIAA) competition, with Markley and Derek Alban scoring all 36 points for seventh place among 14 teams.

Markley placed first in the pole vault at 11-6, second in the triple jump at 42-5, third in the long jump at 19-1, and fourth in the 300 in 36.94 seconds. Alban ran 4:38.60 in the 1600 and 2:07.31 in the 800, for fifth and sixth respectively.

Tech Girls 2nd

The Harford Tech girls set a school record in winning the 4x200 relay en route to a runner-up team finish in the MPSSAA Class 2A East Region meet Monday in Landover.

Paige Chapman, Marietta Corbin, Cierra Singleton and Charice Corbin relayed four laps of the 200-meter track to win by 4 seconds in 1:47.65.

The Cobras won a second event when Brittney Chavis threw 37-7 1/4 in the shot put to win by 3 feet. The versatile Singleton placed third in the shot at 32-4 and was second in the 55 hurdles in 9.16, one place ahead of Charice Corbin. She was also fifth in the high jump with a state-meet qualifying height of 4-7.

The girls' 55-meter dash concluded in a 2-3-4-5 Harford County finish. Chapman was second in 7.45 followed by Marietta Corbin, 7.53; Brittany Meads of Joppatowne, 7.55; and Charice Corbin, 7.60. Chapman also placed fourth in the 300 in 43.44, and the girls' 4x400 relay team finished third.

The Tech girls scored 81.5 points to take second behind Lackey (92 points), among 13 teams. Tech qualified eight athletes, including two relay teams, for the state meet, Feb. 18 in Landover. Justin Morris was the lone qualifier from the Tech boys, placing third in the 800 in 2:07.07.

Meads led the Joppatowne girls' team. She took third in the 300 in 42.67 and fourth in the 55 before leading the 4x400 team to victory in the final event of the meet in 4:21.50.

Destiny Buie also qualified for the state meet with a 4-7 in the high jump.

Fallston's Woollen, Edgewood's Teagle Win

Lauren Woollen did most of her jumping after the 13 other competitors had been eliminated. The Fallston senior cleared 5-3 to win the high jump by a margin of 6 inches. She then narrowly missed at 5-5.

Chris Johnson narrowly missed victory in the 55 dash. The Fallston senior ran a near dead heat with Lackey's Markael Jenkins, but the automatic timing system judged Jenkins had won by 0.01 second in 6.69.

Johnson led off the Cougars' 4x200 relay in 22.9, giving a lead to Ean Hall, Kevin Merrill, and Jacob Hatcher. The team finished second in 1:36.59.

Hall won his section of the 500 but finished fifth in a state-meet qualifying time of 1:09.98. Two other Fallston athletes qualified with fourth-place finishes: Noah Kudla in the 1600 in 4:59.56 and Jacob O'Neil in the pole vault, 9-0.

Edgewood junior Devon Teagle had a busy and tiring meet in the dashes. He won the 300, sprinting past Johnson in the final 50 meters to win in 36.89. He then finished 10th in the 500 in 1:13.06, took fifth in the 55 in 6.92 after a 6.84 in the semifinals, and ran a leg in the 4x400, finishing third in 3:45.34. Also qualifying from Edgewood were Dan Gorski, third in the 1600 in 4:57.37, and Jhaimel Johnson, fourth in the shot put at 40-11.

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