Kara Tolson's performances in the recent Capital Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships showed remarkable similarities to those of a year ago.
The Salisbury University junior from Abingdon presented near-carbon-copy performances in Fairfax, Va., Feb. 17 when she won two dashes and anchored the 4x400 relay team to victory.
Tolson, a Patterson Mill grad, won the 60-meter dash in 7.96 seconds, breaking the school record of 8.01 she set in the meet a year ago. She next won the 200 in 26.19, bettering the CAC record she set in last year's meet. Then she anchored the relay to victory in 4:09.32, missing by 1.02 second, the school record she helped set in winning last year.
She also competed in the high jump, clearing 4-11 3/4, exactly the same height as last year but placing third instead of second.
One aspect wasn't the same. Tolson's feats didn't carry the Salisbury women to the team title as they did last year. The Seagulls won the men's title but finished second behind the University of Mary Washington in the women's scoring.
Brooke Schulz of Bel Air ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay, which Tolson anchored. Schulz, a C.M. Wright grad, also placed fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the 60 hurdles.
Elsewhere in collegiate track, Evan Campbell of Fallston placed second in the high jump at the George Mason Last Chance Meet Feb. 24 in Fairfax. The Towson University junior cleared 5-3 and ran on the Tigers' 4x400 relay team that placed third in 4:00.07.
Also for Towson, Elizabeth Tauber (John Carroll) placed third in the 3,000 meters in 10:20.81, and Wilhelmina Austin (Edgewood) placed tenth in the long jump at 16-5.
In the PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Edinboro, N.J., Feb. 23, Kiersten Bond of Aberdeen finished sixth in the long jump. The West Chester University freshman jumped 17-6 3/4.
Nia Alleyene, of Aberdeen, was named to the All-Rookie Team following the Northeast Conference meet. A freshman at Fairleigh Dickinson, she jumped 36 feet, 3/4 inch for sixth place in the triple jump.
In Road Running...
Shawn Loper and Nelly Budrow led the RASAC team with top-40 finishes Sunday in the Maryland-D.C. Club Challenge 10-mile Championship in Columbia.
Loper finished 40th in a record field of 739 in 1:00:33. Jeff Burger was 47th in 1:01:52, and Charles Powell II, 64th in 1:03:31 over the hilly course.
Budrow ran 1:12:57 to place 34th among the women. The five other scorers on the RASAC women's team were Christine Trzcinski, 37th in 1:13:44; Courtney Waldhauser, 63rd in 1:17:20; Jennifer Bouffard, 75th in 1:18:31; Laura Muneses, 77th in 1:18:45; and Sara Miller, 85th in 1:19:28.
Other scorers on the RASAC men's team were Darren Thompson, 1:03:50; Kevin Hennessey, 1:05:33; Allen McMillin, 1:13:28; Ron Keith, 1:15:39; Joe Richardson, 1:23:36; Justin Markel, 1:24:34; Mark Downes, 1:25:36; Huseyin Kara, 1:26:11; and Michael Woodring, 1:27:23.
Both teams dropped to ninth place after finishing third in the men's and fourth in the women's scoring last year.
In Races Elsewhere . . .
Jessica Rogers of Bel Air won her age group in the 1500-meter run at the USATF Host Zone meet in Landover Feb. 17. Rogers, 13, was timed in 5:26 in winning by 6 seconds.
Casey Fisher of Bel Air placed 23rd among 126 runners in the Mid-Maryland Ultra 50K race in Elkridge Feb. 9, finishing five 10K loops in 5:13:42. Other Harford finishers were Bart Rein, 5:26:50; Tom Thompson, 5:43:20; Charlie Hogan, 5:48:27; David Wood, 6:16:29; and Tim Finholm, 7:57:20.
Luis Navarro and Megan McNew were winners of the RASAC Tune-up 15K in Aberdeen Feb. 17. Navarro led all 37 finishers in 61:57. McNew was first among 14 women in 66:05.
Lisa Gesualdo of Bel Air completed the Austin (Texas) Marathon on Feb. 17. She finished in 4:03:21.
Youth Track and Field
The Harford County Track Club will hold a meeting for parents of prospective members Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the John Carroll School in Bel Air. The club, open to all boys and girls of middle school age, begins track workouts in April. For information: Larry or Sharon Pickett, 443-484-2150.