Wihelmina Austin is top performer for Towson indoor track team

Wilhelmina Austin of Edgewood was honored for her performance in the Gulden Invitational indoor track and field meet in Lewisburg, Pa., Saturday.

The Towson University sophomore won the long jump and placed second in the triple jump after leading the competition until the final leap. With the 18 points she scored, she led the Tigers to third place in the meet, held in the Bucknell University fieldhouse.

Austin, who holds the Harford County record in the triple jump, was named Outstanding Field Event Performer of the meet. The 19-year-old actuarial science major long-jumped 17 feet, 11 1/2 inches and triple-jumped 37-1. The two marks rank in Towson's top-10 all-time bests for the jumps.

Elsewhere, two other Edgewood grads – Noel Spencer and Raymond King – were leaders for the Wesley College track team in the Muhlenberg Invitational in Allentown, Pa., Saturday.

Spencer took part in a Wesley sweep of the dashes. He placed second in the 55 dash in 6.64 seconds and third in the 200 in 23.63 on Muhlenberg's 160-meter track.

King, a former Maryland state champ in the triple jump, placed in three events – second in the triple jump at 43-2 1/2, second in the long jump at 20-1 and third in the high jump at 5-9.

At the Captain's Invitational in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Jheniel Kelly of Edgewood finished third in the 800-meter run. The Harford Tech grad, a University of Maryland Eastern Shore sophomore, ran 2:21.94. Teammate Donisha Porter, a freshman from Aberdeen, placed sixth in the shot put at 33-4 3/4.

Also at Newport News, C. Milton Wright grad Kathy Kammerer placed fifth in the pole vault. The Salisbury University freshman cleared 9 feet. Senior Kara Tolson (Patterson Mill) anchored Salisbury's 4x200 relay team to fifth place.

Cierra Singleton of Edgewood opened her freshman season for Baldwin Wallace University with a 55-meter hurdle race Jan. 17. The Harford Tech grad ran 9.55 seconds to qualify fourth in the semifinals but fell in the finals.

Kiana Wright, a freshman engineering major at Lehigh University, finished second in the triple jump at the Lehigh-Lafayette dual meet Saturday. The John Carroll alumna jumped 35-8 3/4 after a best of 36-0 the previous meet. She also placed fourth in the long jump at 16-4 1/4.

Jimmia McCluskey of Aberdeen placed sixth in the long jump at the Terrier Invitational in Boston Saturday. The Temple University freshman jumped 18-9 1/4. Her next indoor meet is the Penn State National Open Saturday.

In high school track

The Harford Tech track team tuned up for its upcoming regional meet Feb. 3 with competition in the Last Track to Philly indoor meet in Bethesda Saturday.

Darnelle Pink tied for second place in the high jump, clearing 5-8. The team of Paige Chapman, Charice Corbin, Ann Luna and Kamryn Henderson placed third in the 4x55-meter sprint-hurdle relay in 34.34 seconds. The relay team also ran 1:54.98 in the 4x200 on the 200-meter indoor track of Georgetown Prep. In the boys' 1600, Tech's Tyler Moran ran 5:25.66.

In local road running

Geoffrey Rinehart and Christine Trzcinski led the way as 63 runners competed in the RASAC Fox 5K in Bel Air Sunday.

Rinehart won in 19:10, finishing 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Mike Feinberg. David Stevenson took third in 19:47, Juantonio Rivera, fourth, 20:13; and Mike Andrews, fifth, 20:19.

Trzcinski led the women in 22:16. Finishing in the top five were Jennifer Perkovich, 24:27; Cathy Bartholomew, 24:52; Renee Gray, 26:40; and Megan Stevenson, 35:11.

Coming races

Feb. 2 – RASAC Noble's Mill 5 Miler, Churchville (Test Track parking lot), 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com

Feb. 9 – RASAC Get Schooled 5 Miler, HCC Parking Lot T, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.

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