When the Harford Tech Class of 2013 takes the stage tonight (Friday), among them will be Mareitta Corbin, a departing senior who has left her mark on the track.
Corbin leaves Tech as a highly decorated athlete, having won 13 state medals, including nine gold. Corbin also won three silvers and a bronze over the past four years in relay action, in both indoor and outdoor state meets.
"No I did not, I had no clue it would end like this," Corbin said, in reference to her four years at Tech.
Those four years got off to — what else — a fast start, for the sprinter who wasted no time getting to the top of the awards podium. Corbin was part of the 2010 Tech 4X100 relay team that won gold. She was also part of Tech teams that won gold in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Corbin ran the second leg in all four of those relays.
In that freshman year, Corbin participated as an individual, too, qualifying and running in the 100 and 200 dashes. Neither led to a medal, but Corbin isn't all that beat up over it. She was the fastest girl in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference in that freshman year, winning the 100.
In winning the relay events, Corbin has worked with friends, teammates and a sister, Charice Corbin, who is a grade behind her and will always be her "little sister."
"It's very special, it brought me and my sister closer and us closer as a relay team," Corbin said.
The older Corbin's gold medals also include three in the 4X200 relay, that includes a 2011 state Class 1A and a Harford County record of 1:42.20. The other two gold medals come from indoor action in the 4x200 relay. The silver and bronze also come from the 4x200 relay, both indoor and outdoor.
As for not winning gold in those other races, Corbin said, "I'm fine with the silvers. I give credit to the girls who beat us; they were good teams."
Corbin, daughter of Carlos and Kim Corbin, of Abingdon, says she started her track career while living in Hawaii as a third-grader. A move to Abingdon led to Corbin competing for the Joppatowne Roadrunners track team while in middle school.
Corbin played JV volleyball at Tech her freshman and sophomore years, but says, "I just stopped playing, didn't want to play anymore." That obviously didn't hurt her track efforts.
Corbin also garnered 12 region titles, six UCBAC titles and four first team All-Harford selections.
Corbin's success also aided the Tech team. The Cobras won four region championships, two indoor region championships, three UCBAC championships and four UCBAC Chesapeake (upper) Division titles. Tech was also a state runner-up twice.
Corbin is set to move on to the University of Alabama, her "dream school," she says. Planning to study early childhood education, Corbin says she's not sure whether she will try to walk onto the track team next year.
As for why she chose Alabama, "It's where my dad is from," Corbin said. She was offered scholarships from Millersville University, Converse College and Salisbury University, but in one word the decision to attend Alabama over the others was "easy."
Corbin, who calls herself a big college football fan, is ready with tickets to three Crimson Tide games: Arkansas, Colorado and LSU.