Local athletes show well at AAU Indoor Track and Field National Championships

Local athletes show well at AAU Indoor Track and Field National Championships.

Howard County was well represented by several Bullseye Running athletes at the AAU Indoor Track and Field National Championship Meet at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex March 10-12.

Wilde Lake senior Christian Saulsbury was one the weekend’s biggest winners, taking home a national title in the 60-meter dash in the 17-18-year old age group after clocking in at 7.01 seconds and also aided in a championship finish in the 4x200-meter relay alongside fellow Wildecats Jason MacMillan, TJ Lyles and Oakland Mills’ Cameron Vareen. The quartet finished with a national winning time of 1 minute, 32.21 seconds.

Saulsbury also placed third in the 200-meters, finishing in 22.86, while Lyles won the 60-meter hurdles (8.39) and took fifth in high jump (5-feet, 8-inches). MacMillan also came in sixth with a time of 7.22 in the 60-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meters after clocking in at 23.01. Vareen earned fourth in the 60-dash with a time of 7.21.

River Hill’s Jasmine Tiamfook and Howard’s Tyuanna Bailey also claimed two national titles over the weekend. Tiamfook won the girls 17-18 1,500-meter race after clocking in at 5 minutes, 7 seconds and teamed up for a championship win in the 4x800-relay alongside Centennial’s Allison Krahe, Marriotts Ridge’s Riley Murtha and Oakland Mills’ Grace Chaverini.

As for Bailey, along with placing sixth in the 200-meters with a time of 26.78, won the girls 17-18 title in the 400-meters, finishing in 60.95 seconds and also helped solidify a winning time of 1:32.21 in the 4x200-relay alongside Krahe, Reservoir’s Madi Pepe and Wilde Lake’ Deanna Yancey.

MacMillan, Wilde Lake’s Kareem Press, the Scorpions’ Andre Turay and Howard’s Glenn Maroya won the 17-18 boys 4x400-relay title after crossing in 3:29.25, while Press, Centennial’s Greg Costello, Wilde Lake’s Jonathan Sussman and Oakland Mills’ Jared Nguyen crossed in 8 minutes, 47 seconds to win the 4x800-relay.

Lucas Schilling (Howard) won the 17-18 boys pole vault national title after clearing 11-feet, 6-inches, while Press followed for second place after clearing 10-feet, 6 inches.

The Lions’ Cameron Greene finished second in the 17-18 boys triple jump (38-feet, 11-inches). Turay placed fourth in the 400-meters (53.03) and sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.77), while the Wildecats’ Osita Smith placed third in the 60-hurdles (8.65) and fourth in long jump (19-feet, 8-inches).

Yancey jumped 5-feet to win a national high jump title, while also earning seventh in long jump (14-feet, 9-inches) and fifth in triple jump (31-feet, 2 ¼ inches). Krahe placed second in the 800-meters with a time of 2:32. Murtha finished fifth in shot put after throwing 25-feet, 8-inches and third in high jump (4-feet, 10-inches), while Pepe placed eighth in long jump after recording a distance of 13-feet, 11-inches.

The Gators’ Tyler Levons placed second in the 60-meter dash in the 15-year old boys age group with a time of 7.39 and Centennial’s Caroline Shimeall placed fourth in the 15-16 girls 800-meters (2:39).

Maryam Higazi finished third in 14 girls high jump with a distance of 4-feet, 6-inches. David Morgan finished eighhth in the 7-8 boys 1,500-meters with a time of 6:31. Nakisha Hogan won the 10-girls high jump after jumping 3-feet, 6-inches. Eleven year-old Kiley Mann had a third and fifth place finish in the 3,000- and 1,500-meter runs, respectively. She crossed in 12:16 in the 3,000 and 5:55 in the 1,500-meters. Evan Quinn placed seventh in the 11 boys 1,500-meters with a time of 5:24, while Jake Hayden placed eighth in the 12 boys 3,000-meters, crossing in 13:34. Markeith Hogan had a fifth place standing in the 13 boys high jump (4-feet, 10-inches), while Judson Lincoln placed seventh in the same event, jumping 4-feet, 8-inches.

For the 14 girls, Jannah Hall placed eighth in long jump with a distance of 13-feet, 10 ¾ inches and fifth in the 60-hurdles with a time of 10.82, while Maryam Higazi placed third in high jump with a distance of 4-feet, 6-inches.

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