The Edgewood boys and Harford Tech girls overcame early doses of adversity in the Class 2A East Region track and field meet May 16 and 18 at Chesapeake City. Both teams shrugged off the misfortunes and proceeded to win the regional championships by big margins.
Edgewood suffered a setback on Day 1 when Raymond King, the reigning state triple-jump champ, slipped on the long-jump takeoff board, straining a hamstring.
The injury kept him from qualifying in the 100 and triple jump. A mishandled baton on the third exchange of the 4x100 relay then dashed the Rams' hopes in King's fourth event. He did qualify for the state meet, but only in the long jump, reaching 20-4 before his injury occurred.
His teammates responded with outstanding performances to roll up 119-1/2 points and win by 42-1/2. The foursome of Devon Teagle, Noel Spencer, Jeremy Middlebrooks, and Izaiah Sneed raced to a new county record in the 4x200 relay, 1:29.73, at the end of the first day of the meet. The four then went on to score well in individual events.
Spencer won the 200, nipping Fallston's Chris Johnson in 22.79 after finishing second to Johnson in the 100. Teagle finished second in the 400 in 50.53, third in the 100 in 11.26, and fourth in the 200 in 23.55. Middlebrooks finished second in the 300 hurdles in 41.94, and Sneed was second in the 110 hurdles in 15.65 and third in the 300 hurdles in 42.18.
Middle-distance ace Lenier Tucker accounted for 34 of the Rams' points. He won the 1600 in 4:33.08 and the 800 in a personal best of 1:57.46. He also anchored the 4x800 to third place and the 4x400 to second.
Fallston finished second in the field of 14 teams with 77 points. The Cougars won the 4x100 relay in 44.14 with the team of Jacob Hatcher, Ean Hall, Chris West, and Chris Johnson. The same foursome finished second behind Edgewood in the 4x200 in 1:29.90.
Johnson won the 100 in 11.01. Hatcher was fourth in 11.29 after placing fourth in the long jump at 20-4 3/4. Hall took third in 400 in 50.74. Sam Burgess ran 10:42.86 to finish second in the 3200.
Isaiah Gills was a double winner in the jumps, going 43-6-3/4 in the triple jump and 20-9-1/4 in the long jump to score 20 of Harford Tech's 50 points, leading the team to sixth place. Dennis Pink was third in the long jump at 20-8 1/2 and fourth in the high jump at 5-10. Darnell Pink was fourth in the 110 hurdles in 17.09.
Patterson Mill, which placed 11th, qualified Essa Rizkallah in the shot put at 38 feet and the 4x400 relay team at 3:40.87.
Corbin falls, then leads
Tech's Charice Corbin, the top hurdler in the UCBAC, took a head-first dive onto the base of the fifth hurdle to begin the second day of the 2A East meet.
As Corbin fell to the track, Cierra Singleton, newly returned from a leg injury, took command of the race to win it in 16.07, with teammate Kamryn Henderson fourth in 17.84.
Despite the mishap, Tech netted 38 points from the two hurdle races. Corbin later won the 300 hurdles in 47.58 with teammates Shannon Conlon second in 49.91 and Briana McAllister fourth in 50.87.
The Cobras also scored well in the relays, winning the 4x200 by a 50-meter margin in 1:44:42 and the 4x100 by 25 meters in 49.35. Charice Corbin, her sister Marietta, and Paige Chapman ran on both relays. Jada Jones was on the 4x200 team, and Singleton, who also took third in the high jump, ran on the 4x100. Tech's 4x400 team finished second and the 4x800 team, fourth to qualify for the state meet.
Chapman collected four blue ribbons in the meet: two in the relays, one for winning the long jump at 15-6 1/4, and one for the 100 dash, 12.38 seconds.
Brittney Chavis won the discus at 98-5 and was second in shot put at 33-9. Also for Tech, Megan Doleschal placed third in the 800 in 2:30.73; McAllister was third in the triple jump at 33-6; and Marietta Corbin, third in the 200 in 26.48.
Fallston finished fourth among the 14 girls' teams. Marissa Walker won the pole vault at 9 feet, and Lauren Woollen, the high jump at 5-1. Nicole Wohlfort lowered her personal best to 5:29.27 in placing second in the 1600. The Cougars 4x100 team of Jasmine Martinez, Kayla Puglisi, Walker, and Kori Melton placed third in 52.44.
The Patterson Mill girls finished eighth, led by Steph McCartney, who was second in 3200 in 12:20.35 and fourth in 1600 in 5:31.08. The Huskies' 4x200 relay took second in 1:51.80 with the foursome of Qalea Ismael, Jordan Brown, Jenna Staton, and Brooke Staton. Ismail was fourth in 200 in 26.98, and the 4x100 relay, fourth in 53.18.
Brittany Meads scored 22 points to give Joppatowne a 12th-place finish. She finished second in the 100 in 12.66, second in the 200 in 26.39, and third in the 400 in 1:01.65.
Edgewood freshman Victoria Bankole ran 5:29.83, personal best, in placing third in the 1600.
McCluskey leads Eagles
Jimmia McCluskey led the Aberdeen girls to third place in the Class 3A North Region Meet at North Harford May 18, earning a return trip to the state meet in which she last year won the 100 and long jump, the latter in a Harford County record of 19 feet.
McCluskey won the 100 in 12.29, the 200 in 24.87, and the long jump in 17-11-3/4. She then ran with Jazmine Harris, Aria Real, and Cierra Reid to win the 4x100 relay in 50.04.
The Eagles also got a win from Taylor Cole in the shot put, 33-2 1/2, with Alexis Tyler third in 32-4 1/2. Donisha Porter threw the discus 92-8 for fourth place.
Milford Mill won the meet with 145 points, edging Hereford by 1 1/2 points. Aberdeen scored 87.
Kathy Kammerer won the pole vault at 10 feet, giving C.Milton Wright its only win and 10 points toward a fifth-place finish. Bethany Riley was the runner-up in the high jump at 4-10, and Lena Sharesky was third in the triple jump at 33-7. The Mustangs' 4x800 team of Shannon Rogers, Emma Martin, Megan Pavlitsa, and Emma Krebs placed second in 10:09.91. Both the 4x200 and 4x400 teams placed third.
Distance runners Megan Tidey and Casey Welsh scored 22 of North Harford's 43 points. Tidey was third in the 1600 in 5:23.59 and third in the 3200 in 11:50.82. Welsh placed fourth in both the 1600 and 800 in 5:23.94 and 2:28.80.
Mackey, Fransham lead Hawks
The North Harford boys got big performances from their two most reliable performers — Kevin Mackey and Nick Fransham — to finish third in the 3A North Meet on their home track.
Mackey won the discus at 147-6 and the shot put at 47-0 1/2. Fransham won the 3200 in 9:43.11 and was second in the 1600 in 4:36.21.
Tyler Campbell finished second, close behind Mackey in the shot put at 46-3-1/2. Tyler Ayers qualified with a fourth place in the discus at 125-6.
Hawks' vaulter Pete Meehan placed third at 11-6, and teammates Jake Creighton and Gabe Lackey qualified at 10-10. The 4x800 relay of Fransham, David Roloff, Ian Fiser, and Justin Asch finished third in 8:29.97.
Hunter Smith led Bel Air to a seventh-place finish. He took third in the 200 in 23.04 and anchored the team of Josh Jones, Devin Bowers, and Joe Whilden to second in the 4x100 at 44.28. The Bobcats' Chris Davis was third in the triple jump at 40-0 1/2.
The C. Milton Wright boys qualified all four relay teams for the state meet, with the 4x400 foursome of Andrew Corson, Kenny King, Will Hazelton, and Matt Riggins placing the highest, second in 3:31.50.
HdG advances five
Havre de Grace qualified five athletes for the state meet in the 1A North Region meet at New Town High School May 18. In the girls' triple jump, Maddie Larrimore took third at 30-10-3/4, and Ihuoma Okehie, fourth at 29-11-1/4. Amy Kling was third in the shot put at 27-10. In boys competition, Scott Elliott was fourth in the long jump at 19-7, and Geno Napi qualified in the high jump at 5-10.