As a sprinter, Jimmia McCluskey has long been known for her quick starts. Now the Aberdeen High School alum is making a quick start in NCAA Division I track and field as a freshman at Temple University.
On Saturday, McCluskey long-jumped 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches to place fourth in the Great Dane Invitational in New York City. The mark, which came in the third indoor meet of her college career, qualified her for the ECAC Championship meet in March and was a new personal best.
In a meet at Rutgers University one week earlier, she won the long jump at 18-2 1/2 and placed fourth in the 60-meter dash in 7.95 seconds.
In her first meet of the season, Dec. 7 at Villanova, she competed in the 300-meter dash for the first time and placed second among collegiate runners in 42.14.
McCluskey is the second Aberdeen High School grad to make a quick start for the Temple women's track team. In 2008, Paris Williams won the Atlantic-10 conference title in the 500 meters as a freshman. As a sophomore, Williams won the 500 a second time and was named Conference Women's Indoor Track Performer of the Year.
In other racing
North Harford grad Noah Hutton ran 5000 meters in 16:18.14 Saturday to place fifth in the Terrapin Invitational indoor meet at the Prince George's Sportsplex. Finishing two places behind the UMBC junior was Lenier Tucker of Edgewood, a Morgan State freshman. He was timed in 16:25.33.
Jessica Rogers of Bel Air was a double winner in an indoor meet at Widener University Saturday. Competing in the 13-14 age group, she won the 1500 by a 19-second margin in 5:18. She ran 2:37 in winning the 800 on the 160-meter track.
Meghan McAdorey finished third among the women and first in the 20-29 age group in the Road to the SuperBowl 5K in Wilmington Saturday. She ran 22:58. Janet McAdorey finished close behind her daughter, placing fifth among women and first in 50-59 in 23:28. Hugh McAdorey placed second in the men's 50-59 in 23:59.0.
Tyler Hora of Bel Air finished sixth overall and first in the 20-29 age group in the Freeze Your Buns 5K at Anne Arundel Community College Saturday. His time: 20:13.
Elise Andrews of Bel Air ran the Charleston Marathon Saturday and placed 27th in the 40-44 age group in 4:25:59. Former Olympian Zola Budd Pieterse, now 47, won the women's race in 2:59:42.
Brian Carlson of Fallston placed sixth among 126 runners in the Baltimore Road Runners Club Frozen Finger 5 Mile in Chase Jan. 11. He placed third in his age group in 31:41.
Darren Thompson repeated as winner of the RASAC Rock Run Grist Mill 10K Sunday in Susquehanna State Park. He led 50 runners over a 6.34-mile course in 39:29. Juantonio Rivera finished second in 40:21. Dave Stevenson was third in 41:27 and Mike Feinberg, fourth in 41:51. Christine Trzcinski ran 49:37, fastest among the women. Lydia Johnson was the runner-up in 54:17. Cathy Bartholomew placed third in 54:30, and Robbie Reeves, fourth, 56:03.
Jan. 26 – RASAC Fox 5K, Foxborough Drive, Bel Air, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com
Feb. 2 – RASAC Nobles Mill 5 Miler, Churchville, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.