A trio of young hurdlers led the way as the John Carroll girls finished fourth among 14 teams in the 25th Annual Meade Stampede track meet at Fort Meade Saturday.
Sophomore Kristen Isoldi led a Patriots' 2-3-4 finish in the 300 hurdles. She placed second in 46.87 seconds. Behind her, sophomore Holly Driver ran 49.25 in third and freshman Alexa Martinez, 49.39 in fourth. Theirs are the three best 300-hurdle times among Harford County high-schoolers this spring.
Faith Ensor, another sophomore, joined the three to win the 4x400 relay in 4:20.44, also the county's best time.
The Patriots finished well in other events. Driver placed third in the 100 hurdles in 16.73 and cleared 4-10 in the high jump for fourth place.
Ensor teamed with Elizabeth Driver, Erin Cadden and Stephanie Imbierowicz to place second in the 4x800 relay in 11:10.36.
Amanda Spaeth placed second in two races, running 5:40.45 in the 1600 and 2:37.93 in the 800. Freshman Adria Pirozzi was the runner-up in the 3200 in 11:53.70.
In the boys' events, Will Hopkins won the 1600 in 4:41.48, and Evan Moore placed third in 4:49.22.
Joppatowne High School also competed, with Brittany Meads and Jhaimal Johnson presenting UCBAC-leading performances. Meads took third in the girls' 400 in 1:02:52. Johnson threw 41-6 3/4 in the boys' shot put for sixth place.
Nina Bishop placed fifth in the shot put at 30-11 and Malik Pender, sixth in the triple jump at 36-2 1/2.
Golden Ram Invitational
Matt Riggins of C. Milton Wright and Paige Chapman of Harford Tech were outstanding among the sprinters at the Golden Ram Invitational at West Chester (Pa.) University last Friday.
Riggins won the 100 in 11.33 and the 200 in 22.58. He also anchored the Mustangs' 4x100 relay to a win in 43.59, an UCBAC best.
Chapman won the girls' 200 in 25.80, placed second in the 100 in 12.67 and was fourth in the long jump at 15-5. She then anchored Tech's 4x100 team to second place, 0.01 second behind the winner in 50.81.
Finishing close behind Chapman in the 200 were Tech's Brianna McAllister, third in 27.34; CMW's Alexis Cuffee, fourth in 27.65; and CMW's Sydney Rhodes, fifth in 27.65.
McAllister was also third in the triple jump at 31-4 and fifth in the 400 in 1:02.98. Sabrina Rhodes placed sixth in the 800 in 2:29.17 and fourth in the 1600 in 5:35.11. CMW teammate Emma Martin finished one place behind Rhodes at 5:36.15.
Charice Corbin won the 100 hurdles in 16.28, the fastest time in the UCBAC for the event this spring.
Tech's Justin Morris placed second in the 800 in 2:05.37 and second in the 1600 in 4:40.72. Darnell Pink took second in the 110 hurdles in 16.99 and fourth in the long jump at 20-0.
CMW's John Arminger won the discus at 112-9 and teammate Brad Ensor took third in the 3200 in 10:39.19.
Havre de Grace tri-meet
Mark Meynisse won three dashes for Aberdeen in a tri-meet with North Harford and host Havre de Grace Tuesday. The junior newcomer won the 100 in 11.40, the 200 in 23.68 and the 400 in 53.43, leading an Aberdeen sweep in the 200 and 400.
Meynisse leads the UCBAC in the 100 with an 11.12 and is ranked second in the 400 at 51.62.
Kion Gibson won the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 15.21 and 43.49. Three days earlier, he placed fourth in the 110 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles in the Don Boyer Invitational in Middletown. He leads the UCBAC in the 110s with a 14.94.
Aberdeen senior Dashia Murphy won the triple jump at 34-3, one inch short of the league-leading 35-4 with which she placed third in the Don Boyer Invitational. Murphy also owns the second-best long jump mark in the UCBAC, 16-5 3/4.
For Havre de Grace, sophomore Elliott Scott won the triple jump at 39-3 3/4 and long jump at 17-6 1/2.