Mount de Sales senior Jessica Harris broke her own record at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland track championships and proved again she is one of the elite runners in the country in the 800 meters.
Harris posted a time of 2:12.51 in winning the event by nearly four seconds over runner-up Allison Glossinger (2:16.36), of McDonogh, at the meet held at the Prince Georges Sports and Learning Complex.
Glossinger’s Eagles captured the team title with 172.50 points, holding off second-place Maryvale Prep (106.83) and Mount de Sales (102.33).
Harris’ time in the 800 is the fastest in the state of Maryland and third fastest in the United States.
She bested her previous personal best of 2:14.13 and won the 800 at the IAAM meet for the third year in a row.
“I was definitely surprised I broke 2:13,” Harris said. “I honestly didn’t think I would break it.”
Although Harris didn’t compete in the 500 meters, she has already posted the fourth fastest time (1:15.59) in the nation in that event.
She contributed to the Sailors’ strong effort by taking second in the 1,600 meters (5:17.38) behind Catholic High’s Ellie Gonzalez (5:01.87).
Harris, who has narrowed her college choices to Notre Dame and Marquette universities and the Naval Academy, also ran for the second-place 1,600-meter and 3.200 relay squads.
Coach Gene Williams told Harris to back off in the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 relay so they could focus on team points and she found that harder than she expected.
“It was very hard because I’m so used to racing,” Harris said.
“We really pulled the reins in for her in those races,” said Williams, who admits that’s tough because he said ‘she runs like a Mack Truck instead of a Ferrari’ because of the way she gets up to a fast steady pace and maintains it consistently through every lap.
Harris was one of seven Sailors who scored in multiple events.
Kayla Hamilton provided points in the 300, 55 hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
Megan Prescott, Cecelia Craig and Katrina Hrabinski scored in three events and Jordan Lloyd and Caroline Arnold scored in two events.
The 3,200 meter relay team of Arnold, Craig, Hrabinski and Harris has already been invited as one of the top 12 teams in the nation to the Millrose Games in New York on Feb. 15.
They will most likely also compete in the same event at the nationals in mid-March. Harris will run in the 800 and she is hoping to maintain her blistering pace in that event.
“I hope to be (peaking), now that I’ve broken 2:13, I’m staring at 2:12,” she said.
Mount de Sales results (3rd, 102.33 points).
55-meter dash: Jordan Lloyd (6th, 7.76).
300: Kayla Hamilton (3rd, 43.09).
500: Cecelia Craig (4th, 1:22.06), Megan Prescott (8th, 1:25.70).
800: Jessica Harris (1st, 2:12.51), Katrina Hrabinski (3rd, 2:23.68), Caroline Arnold (5th, 2:31.42).
1,600: Harris (2nd, 5:17.36), Hrabinski (3rd, 5:21.63), Mary Kate Kalinock (5:32.74).
3,200: Mary Funk (7th, 12:24.69).
55 hurdles: MacKenzie Griffith (6th, 9.83), Hamilton (8th, 9.92).
800 relay: Jessica Brinker, Craig, Lloyd, Rachel Maher (2nd, 1:50.49).
1,600 relay: Craig, Harris, Hrabinski, Keelan Scharbach (2nd, 4:06.98).
3,200 relay: Arnold, Clare Basil, Harris, Prescott (2nd, 10:01.80).
High jump: McKenzie Hutchinson (tie 5th, 4-feet, 6 inches), Jessica Brinker (tie 7th, 4-6).
Pole vault: Liz Doda (6th, 6-6), Prescott (tie 7th, 6-0), Margaret Hayden (tie 7th, 6-0).
Long jump: Hamilton (tie 5th, 15-feet).
Triple jump: Hamilton (2nd, 32-8.25).
Shot put: Kathryn Calderone (25-O9).