Harford County athletes compete at AAU Jr. Olympics

Christina Riggins of Bel Air finished fourth in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the high jump, highlighting Harford County performances in the AAU National Junior Olympics track and field meet in Detroit July 26 through Aug. 3.

Riggins, who will be a freshman at C. Milton Wright High School this fall, ran 12.34 seconds in the 100 and cleared 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump. She competed in the age-14 girls division.

She was one of 20 members of the Harford County Track Club who competed in track and field – one of 17 sports which drew a total of 18,000 young athletes to the Detroit area from across the nation.

The track and field athletes competed on the Eastern Michigan University track in nine age divisions in hundreds of heats and sections, yielding a final results summary 460 pages long.

Several Harford athletes achieved top-20 finishes. Riley McDermott of Forest Hill placed 11th in the age-11 girls turbo javelin, throwing 46-11. Jessica Rogers of Bel Air finished 14th in the age-13 girls 1500-meter run in 5:18.86.

Ki Smith of Forest Hill was 15th in the age-12 girls 80-meter hurdles in 14.65 seconds. Noah Kudla of Fallston placed 16th in the 17-18 boys 1500 in 4:19.16. Kieran McDermott of Forest Hill finished 19th in the age-13 boys 1500 in 4:54.49. Bethany Ingram of Bel Air placed 19th in the age-14 javelin at 54-1.

The Harford Track Club relay team of Emma Foote, Emma Bowditch, Courtney Klapka and Sophia Kudla placed 16th in the age-14 girls 4x800 in 11:02.94.

Among other performances by Harford Track Club athletes were Ean Hall, 2:01.41 in the age 17-18 boys 800; Sophia Kudla, 12:50.35 in the age-14 girls 3000; Kenny Connelly, 10:35.86 in the 15-16 boys 3000; Matt Riggins, 11.45 in the 15-16 boys 100; Mark Pickett, 4:32.14 in the 15-16 boys 1500; Emma Bowditch, 5:41.16 in the age-14 girls 1500; and Emma Foote, 5:50.64, in the age-14 1500.

Also, Freddie Montgomery ran 11.70 in the 15-16 boys 100; Michael Neal, 10:55.0 in the 17-18 boys 3000; and Dorian Woody, 13.47 in the age-13 boys 100.

The Harford Track Club's age-14 girls 4x100 relay team of Ashlee Kothenbeutel, Mariel Lindsey, Sydney Gray and Christina Riggins ran 51.93. 

From the Aberdeen Soaring Eagles Club, Mylique McGriff ran 11.70 in the age-14 boys 100 dash, missing advancement to the semifinals by 0.005. Tariq McGriff threw 26-5 in the age-11 shot put and 43-11 in the discus. Madison Whitehurst placed 19th in the age-9 girls 100 in 14.96. She also ran 31.73 in the 200 and 1:13.72 in the 400. In the age-14 division, Amaree Yates ran 13.08 in the 100, 27.34 in the 200, 1:05.96 in the 400 and long-jumped 13-5 1/2. Javier Benjamin threw 23-6 in the age-9 turbo javelin and Chyann Benjamin leaped 7-6 in the age-10 long jump.

The Joppatowne Track Club's Devon Teagle doubled with a 39-10 in the triple jump and 51.08 in the 400 dash in age 17-18. Competing in the age-13 girls 100, Ne'Kayla Wingfield, ran 14.30. Valerie Taylor ran 6:01.15 in the age-14 girls 1500 and Daron Taylor, 2:48.15 in the age-12 boys 800.

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