Sprinters from Harford County high schools presented strong performances in the first Essex Invitational indoor track and field meet in Baltimore Saturday, Dec. 21.
Paige Chapman, of Harford Tech, won two dashes, the 55 and 300 meters in the girls' events, edging teammate Charice Corbin in the 55 by 0.22 in 7.44 seconds. Corbin won the 55 hurdles in 9.33 just minutes before the 55 dash.
C. Milton Wright's Matt Riggins won the boy's 55 in 6.75 seconds, beating Devon Teagle, of Edgewood (6.78), and Chris West, of Fallston (6.92), on the CCBC Essex track.
Teagle won the 500 in 1:13.62, and teammate Jeremy Middlebrooks, the 300 in 38.0, holding off a fast-closing Riggins by 0.85 second.
Twelve schools participated in the meet. The three Harford teams won 11 of the 24 events, including two relay victories by the Edgewood boys — the 4x160 in 1:18.81 and the 4x400 in 4:05.28.
Fallston senior Lauren Woollen won the high jump. She cleared the bar on her first attempt at 4 feet, 8 inches after all other jumpers had missed at lower heights. She then cleared 4-10, 5-0, and 5-2 and narrowly missed at 5-4.
Kayla Puglisi, of Fallston, threw 29 feet, 2-1/2 inches in the girls' shot put to win easily after placing sixth among 30 sprinters in the 55 dash.
Dulaney won three girls' events and four boys' events to lead in team points in both. Harford Tech placed second in the girls' competition and Edgewood, second in the boys. Fallston was fifth in the girls' competition, and tied for fourth with Tech in the boys.
Driver Leads Patriots
Holly Driver placed second in two events and anchored the 4x400 relay to third place to lead the John Carroll girls in an IAAM indoor meet in Landover Saturday, Dec. 21.
Driver was the runner-up in the 55 hurdles in 9.74 seconds and in the pole vault at 7 feet. She relayed with Kristen Kohles, Meredith Haggerty, and Charlotte Haggerty to clocked 4:17.09 in the 4x400 relay.
Driver's three scoring finishes helped the Patriots place fifth among the 14 girls teams that competed on the 200-meter track of the Prince Georges Sports Complex.
Kohles also placed fourth in the 1600 in 5:34.81 and ran in the 4x800 relay with Amanda Spaeth, Ellie Marindin, and Alex Gromacki, placing third in 10:24.54. Spaeth added a third-place finish in the 3200 in 12:13.64.