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.
Edgewood appeared ready to repeat as boys' team champion. The Rams won seven events, but in winning the 4x200 on Day 1, standout sprinter Devon Teagle strained a hamstring and had to drop out of the finals of the 200 and 400.
Lenier Tucker and Izaiah Sneed took up the slack for the Rams by winning two individual races each. Tucker nipped Bo Manor's Ty Franks by less than 0.01 in the 1600, with both timed electronically in 4:27.79. Tucker then won the 800 in 2:03.25. Sneed stepped smoothly over the barriers of the 110 hurdles in 15.72 and the 300 hurdles in 41.29. Perryville's Shawn Montz and Josh Ingram took second and third behind him in the latter.
Sneed ran with Teagle, Jeremy Middlebrooks and Noel Spencer to win the 4x200 in 1:32.49. Tucker anchored the team of Jeremy Middlebrooks, Ricco Pena and Alston Johnson to victory in the 4x400 in 3:35.0. Edgewood's spring-legged jumper Raymond King reprised his triple jump victory with a leap of 44-8 1/2.
North Harford took the runner-up trophy on the strength of its throwers, vaulters and distance runners. Leading its runners was Nick Fransham, the indefatigable sophomore who opened the meet by anchoring 4x800 team of David Roloff, Justin Asch and Ian Fiser to victory in 8:28.26. He then placed second in the 3200 in 9:39.42, third in the 1600 in 4:33.73 and third in the 800 in 2:05.09.
Kevin Mackey broke the meet record and his own school record in winning the discus at 155-6. He threw 44-8 for third in the shot put, an event that yielded 15 points for the Hawks with Tyler Campbell fourth and Tyler Ayers fifth.
Pete Meehan won the pole vault at 12-0, beating defending champ Taylor DiMauro of Perryville by 6 inches. North Harford's Gabe Lackey was third at 11-6.
Fallston swept the dashes to finish fourth with 74 3/4 points. Chris Johnson led a 1-2-5 Cougar finish in the 100 in 11.38 and a 1-3 finish in the 200 in 22.93. Ean Hall won the 400 by 15 meters in 51.63 then placed third in the 200. Jacob Hatcher was second in the 100 in 11.53 and fourth in the long jump at 20-4 3/4. The Cougars put Hatcher, Johnson, Hall and Chris West on the track for the 4x100 relay but the unbeaten foursome defaulted on the race with a false start.
Bo Manor placed fifth, 1 1/4 points behind Fallston, with wins by Franks in the 3200 and Tobias Henry in the high jump. Henry tied the meet record at 6-4, as did Perryville's Brian Matthews in second place. Franks ran 9:39.42 to nip North Harford's Fransham by 0.56.
The C. Milton Wright boys placed sixth. The Mustangs won the 4x100 in 44.99 with the team of Kenny King, Freddie Montgomery, Matt Riggins and Joel Klopcic. CMW also took second place in the 4x200, third in the 4x400 and third in the 4x800.
Harford Tech was seventh with second-place finishes by Dennis Pink in the long jump, Isaiah Gills in the triple jump and Justin Morris in the 800.