Eye-catching performances have heralded the arrival of four swift freshman as the high school track season begins.
Christina Riggins, a ninth-grader at C. Milton Wright, won the 100-meter dash in 12.82 seconds and the high jump at 5 feet in a tri-meet against Aberdeen and Rising Sun March 27. Though they are the best marks in the county in those events, neither are personal bests for Riggins, who has won two national age-group championships in the dashes. She joins her brother, Matt, on the team. He has won the 100-200 dash double in each of two meets this season.
Sydney Gray, another standout from the youth track clubs of the county, won the 200 in 26.6 in the first meet, taking the lead in that event in the earliest rankings. The CMW freshman won the 200 in her second meet Tuesday in 27.2.
Katherine Eckart ran her first meet for Patterson Mill Tuesday against host Bel Air and Fallston and won in the 800 in 2:30. Eckart, who trained and raced with Harford Track Club, also ran on the Huskies winning 4x200 team Tuesday and anchored the 4x400 relay with a 62-second split.
Amaree Yates of Aberdeen won the 100 in her first meet of the season against Perryville and Bo Manor. The freshman, who competed for the Aberdeen Soaring Eagles youth team, clocked 13.2 Tuesday to win by 5 tenths.
In other track action
• Bel Air's Joe Whilden won the 100 in 11.2 and 200 in 23.5 when the Bobcats hosted Fallston and Patterson Mill Tuesday. Bel Air's Mackenzie Wills won the girls' 100 in 12.9, edging by 0.2 Patterson Mill's Qalea Ismail, who later won the 200 in 27.6. Nicole Wohlfort of Fallston ran 5:29 in winning the 1600 and finished second in the 800 in 2:32 behind Katherine Eckart, who ran in a separate heat. Noah Kudla won the 1600 and 800 for Fallston then clocked 53.4 on a come-from-behind anchor leg in the 4x400.
• Matt Riggins ran 11.0 and 22.6 in winning the 100 and 200 as CMW outscored Aberdeen and Rising Sun Tuesday. Frank Rivers led Aberdeen sweeps of the 400 (52.9) and 800 (2:10.0). The Eagles' Kion Gibson won the 110 hurdles at 16.5. CMW's J.T. Klopcic edged Gibson by 0.3 in the 300 hurdles in 43.0.
Aberdeen prevailed in the girls' throws with Taylor Cole winning the shot put at 33-10 and Lacey Presbury, the discus at 103-7. CMW senior Shannon Rogers won the 800-400 double in 2:34 and 1:06.
• Nick Fransham of North Harford and Ty Franks of Bo Manor renewed their see-saw rivalry in a 1600 in a tri-meet Tuesday, with Franks winning by 1.7 seconds in 4:33.4. The Hawks' Ian Fiser ran 10:16.2 in the 3200 behind Franks' teammate Chandler Brooks, 10:08.0. In the same meet, Elliott Scott, a Havre de Grace sophomore, sailed 41-1 in the triple jump. Havre de Grace senior Geno Nappi cleared 6 feet in the high jump Tuesday in a meet against North East and Perryville.
• Edgewood's Devon Teagle edged Fallston's Chris West by a tenth in the 100 in 11.2 at Edgewood March 27. Teagle also won the 400 in 52.8. Jeremy Middlebrooks clocked 22.8 in the 200 and Izaiah Sneed took the hurdle double in 15.6 and 43.4. Double winners for Fallston were Noah Kudla in the 1600 (4:48) and 800 (2:06), Nicole Wohlfort in 1600 (5:43) and 800 (2:35) and Kayla Puglisi in the 100 (13.7) and shot put (28-10). Fallston's Jacob O'Neill cleared 11-0 in winning the pole vault.
• Freshman Emma Bowditch won the 800-1600 double for Aberdeen against Perryville and Bo Manor March 27, clocking 2:46.0 and 6:03. Senior Dashia Murphy won three events for the Eagles – triple jump (30-8), 200 dash (29.2) and long jump (14-8). For the Aberdeen boys, Kion Gibson won the high hurdles in 16.1 and high jump at 5-6 and placed second in the 300 hurdles in 44.1.
• CMW's Kevin Reynolds won the long jump at 20-0 and the triple jump at 38-8 as the Mustangs outran Harford Tech and Joppatowne in both boys' and girls' scoring March 27. Tech's Briana McAllister won the triple jump at 30-7 and the 400 at 1:04.9. Joppatowne's Nina Bishop won the discus at 85-9, 26 feet ahead of the other throwers. She also won the shot put at 28-8.