Howard walked out of the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex Wednesday with three individual winners and a boys 4A East Region championship.
The Lions rolled to a regional crown, scoring 89 points — 30.5 points ahead of second-place finishers, Suitland.
Nick Deamer aided Howard’s win with two second-place finishes in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Edward Belsoi bested Deamer in both events, as Deamer finished in 4 minutes, 35.12 seconds in the 1,600, just behind Belsoi (4:32.33). Deamer was less than two seconds slower than Belsoi in the 3,200, as he finished in 10:11.33.
The Lions’ Ryan Gunderson crossed a few places behind Deamer in the 1,600 with a time of 4:44.33, while Eric Accardi finished fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 10:20.07.
Howard senior Lucas Schilling brought home his first region championship, as her cleared 12 feet to win pole vault, while teammate Maleek Thompson followed for second place.
Justin Dunklin and Erik Jenks both earned second-place finishes in their respective events. Dunklin jumped 5-feet, 9-inches in high jump, just behind winner Jaedon Joyner of Bowie. Jenks, meanwhile, ran the 800 in 2:01.20, about a minute behind first-place finisher Daniel Jordan of High Point. Jenks also placed fifth in the 500 with a time of 1:08.33.
Courtney Mann was the big individual winner on the girls side for the Lions, as the senior won two region titles to help her team earn a second-place team standing with 86 points, behind 4A East winners CH Flowers (120).
In the 1,600 Mann crossed in a winning time of 5:28.81, besting second-place finisher Rachel Nueslein of North Point by about a second. Howard’s Haley Kappey followed in third place, finishing in 5:30.17.
Mann bested the Jaguars’ Javon Watts by about two seconds in the 800, crossing in 2:25.59.
Emily Magoon earned a second-place standing in the 3,200 for the Lions, as she followed Nueslein with a time of 12:31.65. She then helped Howard’s 4x800-meter relay team to a third-place finish, behind Leonardtown and CH Flowers.
The Lions finished 1-2 in pole vault, with sophomore Katie Poehlman and senior Rachel Parshall finishing second and third, respectively, while sophomore Chinenye Iloanya won her first region title Wednesday, throwing a meet-best 35-feet, 4 ¾ inches in shot put.
Marriotts Ridge girls, Oakland Mills boys each place third at 2A East Regionals
Oakland Mills’ Andre Turay and Marriotts Ridge’s Chloe Virden were the only two individuals to earn a 2A East region title Monday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
Turay handily won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.88 seconds, nearly a second faster than the field. The sophomore also placed third in the 300, after crossing in 37.24.
Virden won her first region title, after jumping 4-feet, 10-inches in high jump.
The Mustangs tied for third in the team standings Monday, scoring 50 points, along with Parkside. Henry E Lackey rolled to a 2A East team champions with 121 points, followed by North Caroline (66). The Scorpions placed sixth with 34.
Grace Chaverini finished fourth in both the 1,600 and 3,200 for Oakland Mills, coming in at 5:44.10 and 13.02.36, respectively.
Mustangs junior Kealy Faughnan placed just ahead of Chaverini in the 3,200, crossing in a time of 12:50.63, while the Scorpions’ Caitlyn Wenholz (13:18.38) and Marriotts Ridge’s Sara Younts (13:28.51) and Grace Underwood (13:36.77) also had top-10 finishes in the race.
Riley Murtha placed third and fourth in the 55 hurdles and 800, respectively, finishing with times of 9.24 and 2:34.17. Her teammate Ashley Willhelm wasn’t too far behind in the 800, as she clocked in at 2:36.49.
Oakland Mills was just edged out of the 4x200 by Lackey (1:46.14), as the quartet of Ashley Harvey, Mik-yla Stephens, Ashanti Waldron and Roshnee Roberts finished second with a time of 1:50.68.
Hannah Fredrick, Christine Yuan, Tess Dandridge and Ashley Wilhelm helped the Mustangs to a third-place standing in the 4x800, as the finished in 10:43.60.
In the boys 1,600 Howard County saw four runners land in the top-8. Scorpions senior Joey Navarro was the highest placing finisher, as he crossed fourth in 4:48.62, followed by Marriotts Ridge’s Richard Farrell (sixth, 4:57.43) and Oakland Mills’ Joel Berstein (4:58.55) and Anders Chattin (4:59.39). Chattin also finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:09.02.
The Mustangs’ David Zhang finished fifth in the 500, while the Scorpions relay team of Elijah Rucker, Turay, Rafi Carson and D’Artagnan Benjamin helped earn a third-place standing in the 4x200.
In the boys team race, Westlake won handily with 121.50 points, followed by Lackey (56.50), while North Caroline and Oakland Mills tied for third with 53. Marriotts Ridge placed 13th with 11.