It has taken 30 years, but someone finally broke Carolyn Forde’s Class 2A record in the 3,200 meter run. Winters Mill senior Hannah Oneda ran a 10:52.01, May 24, on the first day of the state outdoor track and field championships to break the Atholton graduate’s long-standing mark of 10:56.3, set in 1982.
From a Howard County perspective, 1982 was an outstanding year for girls track. Carolyn also set the Class 2A 1,600-meter record (4:53.2), which still stands.
And Oakland Mills’ Donna Neale won the 800 in 2:11.0. Her mark remains the all-time record.
That their records have stood for 30 years, and counting, is remarkable and an indication of the type of elite athlete that each girl was, and it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t just yesterday, or last week, that Donna and Carolyn were out there on the track representing their respective high schools.
Where does time go?
Carolyn went on to run for the University of Maryland; Donna ran for Brown University.
Both women been inducted into the Howard County Women’s Athletics Hall of Fame.