Running: Local college athletes shine on track and in field

It was tune-up weekend Feb. 10 to 12 for collegians preparing for conference track and field meets, and several Harford athletes responded with victories and personal bests.

Wes Jacobs of Aberdeen dipped under 50 seconds in winning the 400-meter dash in the Susquehanna Invitational in Sellinsgrove, Pa., Sunday. The Frostburg State senior ran 49.96 to win by 2 seconds, missing the school record by 0.06 seconds.

Kara Tolson collected her second Salisbury University school record in the same meet. The sophomore from Patterson Mill did so by leading the Seagulls' 4x200 team to victory in 1:50.50. She also won the 200-meter dash in 26.80. A week earlier Tolson set the school record in the 60-meter dash at 8.09 seconds.

Amanda Deller of Aberdeen raised her personal best in the shot put to 49-1 3/4 to show her America East rivals she is ready to defend her conference title in Boston Feb. 17-18. The UMBC junior has won four conference shot put titles, two indoors and two outdoors.

Former John Carroll teammates Elizabeth Tauber and Erika Stasakova recorded personal bests in the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games in New York's 168th Street Armory Feb 10. Stasakova, a senior at Lafayette, ran 10:11.59 to place fourth in the 3000 meters. Tauber, a freshman at Towson University, ran 18:09.46 in the 5000, placing third. Hanna McKenzie, a Towson junior from Bel Air placed 13th in the 3000 in 10:50.69.

Shannel Shivers of Aberdeen placed second in two events in the New York City meet, throwing the shot 41-11 1/4 and the 20-pound weight 49-6 1/4.

Other Harford athletes in the Susquehanna Invitational were Xzavier Robertson of Aberdeen, fifth, 200 in 24.04; Matt Smith (C. Milton Wright), York College, 16:15.74 for fifth in the 5000; Tyler Quill (CMW), York, 56.65 in the 400; Justin Fama (Harford Tech), fifth in the 60 hurdles, 9.86; Shea Staab (Fallston), Goucher, 5:58.51 in the mile; Shannon Famini (Harford Tech), Stevenson University, 27-10 1/4 in the shot put.

In conference meets

Harford Tech grad Dana Smothers placed fifth in the 800 in the CIAA conference championships in Hampton, Va., Feb. 11-12. The Bowie State sophomore ran 2:00.73 after running three races in the preliminaries: 50.60 in the 400, 22.90 in the 200 and 2:00.80 in the 800.

Tech grad Kayla Watson also competed for Bowie State. She leaped 16-7 in the long jump at 31-2 3/4 in the triple jump.

In the Collegiate Track Conference championships in Middletown, Conn., Feb. 11, Damian Cruz of Aberdeen placed seventh in the 200 in 23.41. Cruz is a freshman at Holy Family University.

In the North East Conference championships in Landover Feb. 11-12, Meghan Schott (North Harford) ran both the 3000 and 5000, with clockings of 10:56 and 19:23. She is a freshman at Mount St. Mary's.

Cheatham, Bradford win for Aberdeen

Aberdeen's Chavez Cheatham won the 55-meter dash and Shawnta Bradford, the girls' shot put in the MPSSAA Class 3A Central Region meet Feb. 9 in Landover.

Cheatham clocked 6.77 on the track at the Prince George's Sportplex. He also placed eighth in the 300 in 39.18. Bradford won the shotput at 36-11 1/2 to lead the Eagle girls to sixth place. Aberdeen's Nyah Reese also qualified for the state meet with fourth place in the high jump at 4-6.

Also for Aberdeen, Kiersten Bond was sixth in 55 dash in 7.61; Aliyah Reese, Samara Miller, Aria Real and Bond were fifth in the 4x200 in 1:53.75; Jordan Ecker, Miller, Real and Reese, sixth in the 4x400 in 4:40.09; and Ramsey Lee, Marquez Sloan, Miles Slentz and Brian Valcarenghi, fifth in the boys' 4x800, 9:13.30; and Aria Real was eighth in 300, 45.19.

Kevin Mackey of North Harford placed third in the shot put to advance to the state meet. He threw 41-4 3/4.

Bel Air High School had fourth seventh-place finishes: Kendall Daley in the shot put at 28-5 /12; Mike Adams in the 55 in 6.99; the girls' 4x400 relay, 4:46.06, and boys 4x200, 1:43.35. Travis Soubie was eighth in the shot put at 37-1 3/4.

In road racing ....

Despite a wrong turn while leading, David Stevenson won the RASAC Scholarly 5K at Harford Community College Sunday in windy, 20-degree weather.

Stevenson's error added about 0.15 mile to his course, but he still ran 34:12 to win by 30 seconds over Kirk Ingold. Rob Bartholomew took third in the field of 32 in 34:57. Huseyin Kara was fourth in 35:31, and Duane Christy, fifth in 36:10.

Sarah Zephir-Thomason led the women in 36:18, finishing 4:12 ahead of Donna Lewis, the runner-up. Michele Hoffman was third in 43:21; Paige Rickey, fourth in 45:10; and Margaret Starnes, fifth in 45:59.

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