Between the first and second day of the UCBAC Track and Field Championships in Havre de Grace May 2 and 3, there was a distinct drop in temperature and a distinct rise in the fortunes of the Harford Tech girls.
Lagging in fourth place after Day 1 – with one of their top performers, Cierra Singleton, out with an injury – the Cobras gathered momentum in the cooler conditions of Day 2 and raced to victory with 149 points. C. Milton Wright placed second with 111, and Aberdeen, third with 92.
In the boys' competition, Perryville ousted defending champion Edgewood to win its second title in three years with 122 points. North Harford took second at 103.75 and Edgewood third at 102.
Leading Tech to its third title in four years were sisters Marietta and Charice Corbin, who scored a combined 41 points in individual events and 16 more in the relays.
Charice won the 100 hurdles in 16.04 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 47.03, with the latter going into the books as a meet record. She was also fifth in the 100, one place behind her older sister, who placed second in the 200 in 26.17 and fourth in the 400 in 1:02.0.
Brittney Chavis won the shot put at 35-8 1/4 and placed second in the discus at 98-6, one of seven silver-medal performances for Tech. Other runners-up for Tech were Megan Doleschal in the 800, Briana McAllister, 300 hurdles; and the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. Paige Chapman finished third in both the long jump and 100.
In winning, Tech dethroned Aberdeen despite a four-gold-medal, double-meet-record performance by Jimmia McCluskey. The Aberdeen senior set records in the 200 in 25.16 and the long jump at 18-9 3/4. She also won the 100 in 12.35 and teamed with Aria Real, Sonya Malone and Jazmine Harris to win the 4x100 in 50.97.
Aberdeen also won the 4x200 with the team of Faith Edmondson, Dashia Murphy, Sonya Malone and Real, edging Tech by 0.17. Alexis Tyler was second in the shot put for the Eagles at 32-4 1/4.
C. Milton Wright finished first in the 4x200 but was disqualified for a minor post-finish infraction. The CMW girls still won five events to finish second.
Kathy Kammerer set a meet record of 10-4 1/2 in winning the vault, erasing the 10-0 mark tied last year by Fallston's Marissa Walker, who placed second at 9-0.
The Rhodes twins won successive events on the track for CMW. Sydney Rhodes took the lead with a strong kick in the 1600, winning in 5:24.28. Sabrina Rhodes overtook Joppatowne's Brittany Meads on the final straight of the 400 to win by 0.03 in 1:01.59.
The twins also helped two CMW relay teams to victory. Sabrina ran with Emma Krebs, Shannon Rogers and Megan Pavlitsa to win the 4x800 in 10:07.99 and Sydney ran with Pavlitsa, Megan Frailer and Alexis Cuffee to win the 4x400 by 5 seconds over Tech in 4:16.87.
Bethany Riley added two second-place finishes for the Mustangs, a 16.28 in the 100 hurdles and 4-8 in the high jump.
Fallston's Lauren Woollen won the high jump but ended the competition early when she sprained an ankle after clearing 4-10. The Fallston girls placed eighth among the 15 teams.
Distance runners Casey Welsh and Megan Tidey led the North Harford girls to fifth place. Welsh won the 800 in 2:28.37 and took second in the 1600 in 5:29.68. Tidey won the 3200 in 11:52.11.
Brittany Meads scored 22 of Joppatowne's 25 points in three dashes – second in the 100 in 12.77, second in the 400 in 1:01.62 and third in the 200 in 26.37.
Ashley Jackson of Bo Manor was one of two Cecil County winners of girls' events. She won the triple jump at 33-4. Susan Travis of North East won the discus at 98-10.
Perryville boys win
Perryville captured the boys title with a stealth performance, winning only two field events but drawing many of its 126 1/2 points from second-, third- and fourth-place finishes – mainly in the jumps, throws and hurdles.
Darryl Johnson won the shot put, breaking the meet record with a 48-11 1/4 to edge North East's Godfrey Durham by 4 3/4 inches. Brian Matthews won the long jump at 20-7 1/2 to beat Tech's Dennis Pink by 1 inch.