John Carroll seniors close track careers with big finishes

John Carroll seniors Kiana Wright and Austin Markley concluded their prep track careers with victories and school records in the MIAA and IAAM Track and Field Championships in Severn May 11.

Wright won the girls' (IAAM) long jump and triple jump, the latter in a school record of 36 feet, 4 inches. Markley won the boys' (MIAA) triple jump at 44-3, also a school record. It was a unique double triple-jump win and record for the Patriots.

Wright's winning leap in the long jump was 16-9, just 2 inches short of her own school record. She also holds the John Carroll record in the 400-meter dash at 59.9, an event in which she placed third in the IAAM in 1:00.40. In the meet's final event, she anchored the 4x400 relay to sixth place. Wright, who will attend Lehigh University, is a co-holder of the 4x400 school record as well.

In the MIAA events, Markley finished second in the 100 in 11.24 seconds, third in the 200 in 22.74, and third in the long jump at 21-4 1/4, a school record. Other John Carroll records he holds are in the 100 meters (10.8), 200 (21.8), 400 (49.9), pole vault (11-6) and the three sprint relays. His versatility makes him a candidate for decathlon competition when he enters Utah State University in the fall.

"Both are exceptional athletes as well as top quality students," Coach Rob Torres said. "Our team is taking a huge hit with them graduating, but I look forward to seeing how they'll do in college."

In the 14-team IAAM field, the John Carroll girls finished fourth. Rebecca Driver earned 10 points for the team with a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles in 17.21 and fifth in the high jump at 4-10. Kristen Isoldi placed second in the 300 hurdles in 48.60 to add 8 points. The boys' team placed seventh in the MIAA.

A week earlier, Markley was a double winner in the Patriot Games on John Carroll's track, winning the triple jump at 41-10 and long jump at 19-11 1/2, both meet records. He finished second in the 100 (10.9) and 200 (21.8) to lead the Patriots to third place among nine teams, 7 points behind the winning team, St. Mary's.

Drew Cook won the high jump at 10-6. Derek Alban and Mark Pickett took second and third in the 800 in 2:07.2, and 2:07.5 respectively, with Will Horn fourth. Allen Bryant finished second in the high hurdles at 17.2, and the Patriots were second in the 4x800 relay in 8:53.1.

Strong Performances in Wright Meet

The annual Friday Night at Wright Meet was changed to a Thursday afternoon meet last week, but ideal weather prevailed, spawning strong performances by athletes from Harford Tech, Fallston and host C. Milton Wright.

The Harford Tech girls relayed to the fastest time of the season in the UCBAC in the 4x200. Marietta Corbin, Jada Jones, Charice Corbin and Paige Chapman recorded a 1:45.0, edging C.M. Wright by 2 seconds.

In the boys' 4x200, the Fallston team of Jacob Hatcher, Ean Hall, Chris West and Chris Johnson missed the Harford County record by 2 tenths with a 1:30.0, finishing 3 seconds ahead of Wright. The same Fallston four won the 4x100 relay in 42.9 later in the meet, with Wright second at 44.1.

Fallston sophomore Noah Kudla ran the fastest time in the county this spring for the 800 meters, clocking 2:02.0.

Kathy Kammerer raised her UCBAC-leading mark to 10-6 in winning the girls' pole vault. Marissa Walker of Fallston finished second at 10 feet.

C. Milton Wright led the team scoring in both boys' and girls' competition. The Mustang girls won 13 events: Sabrina Rhodes won the 1600 in 5:29 and 800 in 2:28; Lena Sharesky, the long jump at 14-4 and triple jump, 32-2; Pam Koga, 100 in 13.4; Megan Pavlitsa, 400 in 1:05.0; Becca Palmer, 3200 in 13:23; Brooke Zeberlein, 300 hurdles, 48.0; Bethany Riley, high jump, 4-8; and the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams won.

For Tech, Brittney Chavis took the shot put at 33-10 and discus at 97-10; Charice Corbin, the 100 hurdles in 15.6; and Jada Jones, the 200 in 27.9. The Cobras' 4x100 relay won 50.7.

Zach Luvvorn and Brad Trimble were double winners for the Wright boys. Luvvorn led all the hurdlers, clocking 17.3 and 44.2. Trimble led the throwers with 37-4 1/2 in the shot put and 119-2 in the discus.

Other Mustang wins came from Freddie Montgomery, 100 in 11.4; Michael Perrotti, 3200 in 10:46.0; Kevin Reynolds, long jump, 18-9 1/2; and the 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams.

The Fallston boys finished second, as Thomas Lovett won the 400 in 54.0, and Colin Masterson, the vault at 10-0.

Tech's Justin Morris won the 1600 in 4:40.0, and Derick Logan, the 200 in 23.5. Austin Wright won the triple jump at 35-10 and high jump at 5-4.

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