Austin Markley could be described as a one-man track team. The John Carroll senior competed in four events in the Hawk Invitational track meet in Pylesville April 24 and scored enough points to place sixth among 16 high school teams.
Markley won one event and narrowly missed winning three others, all against strong competition. He scored all of his team's 34 points.
He won the 200-meter dash in 22.69 (fully automatic time) and placed second in three other events – the long jump at 20-5 1/4, the triple jump at 42-4 1/2 and the 400 dash in 51.11.
Hereford, with 20 different athletes scoring, led the boys' teams with 123 points, beating Edgewood, the second-place team, by 37. The Bulls also led the girls' scoring with 117 points. Hereford's Jon Luckin provided the top performance of the meet, winning the 3200 in 9:24.91.
Edgewood won four events, signaling the Rams' readiness to defend their UCBAC title in the conference meet that was to start Thursday and conclude today (Friday). Lenier Tucker won the mile in a personal best of 4:30.0. Devon Teagle won the 400 in a personal best of 50.83. Ray King won the triple jump at 42-6 1/2 and was third in the long jump at 20-5 1/2. The team of Teagle, King, Izaiah Sneed and Noel Spencer won the 4x100 relay in 45.40. Spencer finished second in the 100 in 11.37 and Sneed was third in both hurdles in 15.73 and 41.49. The Rams placed second in the 4x400 in 3:40.98 and third in the 4x200 in 1:33.96.
Kevin Mackey won both throwing events to boost North Harford to third place in the boys' scoring. He threw 141-11 in the discus and 49-0 in the shot put with teammates Tyler Campbell second at 47-11 and Tyler Ayers, fourth at 44-9 in the shot. Pete Meehan cleared 12-0 for second place in the pole vault. The foursome of David Roloff, Justin Asch, Ian Fiser and Nick Fransham took second in the 4x800 in 8:37.2.
C. Milton Wright was the top-finishing Harford team In the girls' competition, placing fifth with 42 points. Kathy Kammerer won the pole vault for the Mustangs at 9 feet. Erin Igwacho was second in the discus at 95-4 and the team of Alexis Cuffee, Megan Frailer, Sydney Rhodes and Megan Pavlitsa finished second in the 4x400 in 4:18.53.
Kristen Isoldi and Kiana Wright earned victories for the John Carroll girls, who placed sixth among the 17 girls' teams. Isoldi won the 300 hurdles in 49.42 and Wright won the long jump at 16-1. Amanda Spaeth ran 11:58.35 in the 3200, placing third. She also relayed with Sam Clarke, Elizabeth Driver and Faith Ensor in the 4x800 to place second in 10:39.31.
North Harford's girls placed seventh. Freshman Casey Welsh ran a personal best of 2:25.67 for second in the 800 after a 5:31.10 in the 1600. Megan Tidey took second in the 1600 in 5:29.71 then ran 11:49.97 for fourth in the 3200. Becca Reitnauer was third in the discus at 93-7, one place ahead of teammate Hannah Berrell, 84-3.
Chapman leads Tech
Paige Chapman raced to a win in the 100 dash, a personal-best in the long jump and a meet record in the 4x100 relay at the Millersville (Pa.) University High School Invitational April 26.
Chapman's performances netted two firsts, a second and a third-place finish for the Harford Tech girls, who placed second in a field of 31 high school teams.
She won the 100 in 12.67 and placed third in the 200 in 26.43. She set a personal best of 16-11 1/2 in taking second in the long jump.
She also led the 4x100 team to victory in a meet record time of 49.69, running with Marietta Corbin, Shannon Conlon and Charice Corbin.
Charice Corbin finished third in the 100 hurdles in 15.63, the best time among Harford County hurdlers this season.
Brittney Chavis placed second in the shot put at 34-10 and sixth in the discus with a personal best of 104-1. Marietta Corbin was sixth in the 100 in 13.0.
The meet included a 2,000-meter steeplechase and Emily Doleschal finished sixth in the seldom-run event in 9:06.47. Tyler Moran ran 8:01.11 in the boys' steeplechase.
Also in the boys' competition, Dennis Pink placed fifth and Isaiah Gills, sixth, in the long jump at 20-2 and 19-11 3/4, respectively.