Two Harford County athletes climaxed their indoor track and field seasons with victories in the MPSSAA state meet in Landover Monday and Tuesday.
Lauren Woollen of Fallston won the Class 2A girls' high jump and Kevin Mackey of North Harford won the 3A boys' shot put. Both meets were held in the Prince George's Sportsplex adjacent to the Washington Redskins' Fedex Field.
Woollen arched her body over the bar at 5 feet, 4 inches in winning the high jump Monday afternoon. Woollen, who placed third in the state outdoor meet as a sophomore last spring, breezed through the early jumps without a miss.
She and one other competitor, Izzy Laurel of South Carroll, cleared 5-4, but Woollen held the advantage of fewer misses when the bar was elevated to 5-6. Woollen missed twice at that height but clinched the win as she watched Laurel miss at 5-6 a third time.
Mackey's shot put victory on Tuesday could not have been closer. He took the lead on his first throw then lost the lead to Collin McKenny of Huntingtown on the second and regained it on the fourth. Mackey led by 3/4 inch as he entered the ring the final time to launch his best throw, 50 feet, 3/4 inch. McKenny's last throw landed 1/4 inch short of Mackey's mark, at 50 feet, 1/2 inch. Mackey's throw was the best among all four classes in the state meet.
Mackey was one of three North Harford athletes who qualified for the meet. Pole vaulters Pete Meehan and Jake Creighton also competed, placing eighth and ninth at 11-6 and 11-0, respectively.
The Harford Tech girls captured two second-place finishes in the 2A meet. Brittney Chavis, the 2A outdoor state champ in the shot put last spring, came close to winning the indoor title. She broke her school record with a throw of 38-11 3/4, but finished 4 1/4 inches short of defending indoor champ Megan Mounts of Walkersville.
Tech's Paige Chapman, Marietta Corbin, Cierra Singleton and Charice Corbin - the same four who won the outdoor 4x200 title last spring – took second place in the 4x200. Charice Corbin delivered a strong performance on the anchor leg, closing to within 0.37 second of Largo's anchor runner. The performance earned the Tech foursome a consolation prize - a school record of 1:46.76.
In her individual events, Singleton placed sixth in the 55 hurdles in 9.26, 11th in the shot put at 31-3 1/4 and 16th in the high jump at 4-6. Marietta Corbin was seventh in the 55 dash in 7.60 and her sister, Charice, was 10th in the 55 hurdles in 9.16. The Tech girls' 4x400 team placed eighth in 4:32.67. Justin Morris finished 12th in the boys' 800.
Joppatowne's Meads 3rd in 55 dash
Joppatowne junior Brittany Meads clocked 7.47 seconds to place third in the 2A girls' 55 dash, finishing about 2 meters behind the winner. Before the 55 final, she placed fifth in the 300, completing 1 1/2 laps of the 200-meter track in 45.96 seconds.
Joppatowne's Jhaimel Johnson placed ninth in the boys' shot put at 39-10 and Destiny Buie was 19th in the girls' high jump at 4-6.
Edgewood's Devon Teagle finished seventh in the 2A boys' 300 in 36.77. He teamed with Matthew Foster, Jeremy Middlebrooks and Aaron Parker to finish fourth in the final event, the 4x400 relay, in 3:40.30.
Fallston senior Ean Hall set a school record in the 500-meter dash, running 1:09.37 for sixth place in the 2A event. Sophomore Noah Kudla ran a personal best of 4:52.81 in the 1600, placing 12th, and Fallston's relay team of Chris Johnson, Ean Hall, Kevin Merrill and Jacob Hatcher placed ninth in the 4x200 in 1:38.04.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun