Track and field athletes from Aberdeen delivered outstanding performances on both ends of a nor'easter named Nemo over the past week.
Amanda Deller won two America East Conference titles in Boston just as the city cleared two feet of snow and reopened to transportation. Kiersten Bond earned the second victory of her collegiate career in New York City, just as Nemo swept into the city on Feb. 8.
Deller, a UMBC senior, won her fourth conference indoor title in the shot put Tuesday, tossing the 8.8-pound sphere 47 feet, 3 inches to win by 4 1/2 feet. A day earlier, she won the 20-pound weight throw with a spin-toss of 54-1 1/4. For her double victory, she was named the outstanding women's field-event athlete of the meet.
Bond, a West Chester University freshman, won the long jump in the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games with a leap of 18 feet, 5 3/4 inches. She won by a margin of 6 1/2 inches and raised her personal best for the second time this season. She recorded her previous best of 17-10 3/4 one week earlier.
It appeared that Nemo would cancel or postpone both meets - Towson University's team, with several Harford athletes, did cancel its participation in the New York City meet because of travel uncertainty - but the competitions proceeded as scheduled.
Also dodging Nemo in the New York City meet was Jheniel Kelly, a Harford Tech grad and member of the UMES 4x400 relay team, which won in 3:48.88. She also ran 1:01.07 in the 400 dash.
North Harford grad Noah Hutton anchored a UMBC relay team to third place in the distance medley in the America East meet in Boston Monday. He finished eighth in the mile on Tuesday.
Swisko Second in NEC 3,000
Chris Swisko of Aberdeen finished second in the 3,000-meter run in the Northeast Conference Championships in Landover Feb. 9. The Mount St. Mary's senior ran 8:32.83, finishing 1 second behind the winner.
Mount sophomore Megan Schott (North Harford) placed 15th in the 5,000 meters in 18:44.05 in the NEC meet, held on the 200-meter track of the Prince George's Sportsplex. Nia Alleyene, a Farleigh Dickinson freshman from Aberdeen, placed sixth in the triple jump at 36-0 3/4.
Two Harford Tech alumni performed well for Bowie State in the CIAA Championships held in Hampton, Va., Feb. 9-10. Dana Smothers stepped up to 800 meters to take third-place in 1:55.82. He also clocked 50.38 in the 400 and ran on two fourth-place relay teams for the Bulldogs. Kayla Watson placed eighth in the long jump with a mark of 16-11 1/2.
In the Susquehanna Invitational at Sellinsgrove, Pa., Feb. 9. Xzavier Robertson of Aberdeen finished second in the 60 and fifth in the 200. The Frostburg University senior ran 7.13 seconds in the 60 and 23.54 in the 200. In the same meet, Matt Smith (C.M. Wright) ran 9:26.95 in the 3,000 meters, placing 11th.
Heid, Meyers Win Splash, Mash, and Dash
Joe Heid of Churchville repeated as men's winner, and Jenna Meyers of Belcamp led the women in the Splash, Mash, and Dash indoor triathlon at the Arena Club in Bel Air Feb. 9.
The race began with a 10-minute swim in the club's 25-meter pool, then transitioned upstairs for 30 minutes on the stationary bike and a 20-minute treadmill run.
Heid led all 40 finishers with a total of 25.45 kilometers. He swam 550 meters, biked 19.6K, and ran 5.3K. Adam Bosley of Bel Air, the top swimmer among the men, was second with a 23.36K total. Brian Walker of Bel Air was third, 22.29K.
Meyers trailed most of the women on the swim but came back with the best women's performance on both the bike and run to win with a 20.79K total. Kim Holloway of Darlington was second at 19.41K, and Kristi Warren, of Aberdeen, third at 18.02K.
Narciso, Trzcinski lead RASAC Run
Edgar Narciso bettered the course record in winning the RASAC Get Schooled 5 Miler Feb. 10. Christine Trzcinski did likewise in leading the women's field.
Narciso led all 51 runners across the finish line at Harford Community College in 33:58. Rob Bartholomew finished second in 34:05, and Kirk Ingold, third in 34:47.
Trzcinski finished third overall, bettering both the men's and women's course record in 34:22. Nelly Budrow was second in 35:32, and Anna Wasielewski, third in 37:21.
Feb. 17 - RASAC Tune-up 15K. Windemere Drive, Aberdeen, 410-652-9694.
Feb. 24 - Maryland-D.C. RRCA Club Championship 10 Miler, 8 a.m., Columbia, http://www.rasac.com.