Track: Edgewood's Austin dazzles in first track action since winning three state titles

The Edgewood track and field team displayed exceptional speed and bounce in its opening meet at North Harford March 22. Perryville's team did too, but with more depth, giving the Panthers a double team victory.

Edgewood's Wilhelmina Austin dazzled in her first meet since winning three state titles last May. She won three events, the same three in which she last year set Harford County records. First, she dipped under her record of 14.94 seconds in the 100 hurdles with a 14.7, edging Joppatowne's Breana Hagwood by 0.4 second. Then she won the long jump at 16-8 1/2 and the triple jump at 33-8.

Austin's triple helped the Edgewood girls roll up 58 points for third place. Perryville won with 88 points; North Harford was second with 65; and Joppatowne, fourth with 45.

Edgewood junior Ray King improved to personal bests in the opener, winning both horizontal jumps. He soared 41-7 1/2 in the triple jump and 20-4 in the long jump.

Brandon Chase, a transfer from Harford Tech, won his first race in an Edgewood uniform, taking the 400 by a 5-second margin. The senior, who was third in the state meet his freshman year at Tech, won in 53.1 seconds.

The Edgewood boys ran swift early-season times in winning three relays: 1:32.5 in the 4x200 relay, 44.1 in the 4x100 and 3:50.7 in the 4x400.

The Rams' Lenier Tucker won the 800-1600 double handily, clocking 2:09.0 and 4:54.6.

The North Harford boys, with a double win by thrower Kevin Mackey, placed third with 69 points. Mackey won the shot put at 46-5 and discus at 132-6.

Perryville won eight boys' events to score 123 points. Karl Palmer took the 100 in 11.1 and 200 in 23.1; Cameron Cunningham, the 110 hurdles, 17.0; Shawn Montz, 300 hurdles, 43.7; Eric Barton, 3200, 10:59.1; Taylor DiMauro, vault, 10-6; and Brian Matthews, high jump, 5-10, edging North Harford's Marcus Ramsey by 2 inches.

In the girls' competition, Edgewood won six events. Besides Austin's triple, the 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams won in 1:59.3 and 53.5, and Nasia Denegal, a transfer from C. Milton Wright, won the shot put at 30-6 1/2.

Joppatowne senior Brittany Meads won the 100 dash in 12.9, then led a 1-2-3 Mariner sweep in the 200 in 26.3, with Hagwood second in 26.9 and Imoni Heard third in 28.9. Joppatowne also won the 4x400 in 4:18.3.

For the North Harford girls, Hannah Berrell won the discus at 77-8 1/2, and Sarah Cullum, the 3200 in 13:37.0.

Perryville had double winners in Jordan Dodson and Kaylee Haberkam. Dodson won the 400 in 1:02.6 and 800 in 2:36.0. Haberkam won the 1600 in 5:51.2 and high jump at 5-0, two inches ahead of Edgewood's Kiera McKenna. The Panthers' other winners were Sierra Montz, 300 hurdles, 55.7; Katie Hild, vault, 8-6; and the 4x800 relay team, 10:46.7.

Gereli leads Wright girls

Ashley Gereli won the discus and shot put to lead the CMW girls to a second-place finish in a six-team meet at Perryville March 27.

Gereli spun the discus 86-6 and threw the shot 27-1 1/2 to score 20 of the Mustangs' 148 points. Perryville led the girls' scoring with 155 points and the boys' with 181 1/2.

CMW also won three of the four relays, clocking 53.68 in the 4x100, 4:23.66 in the 4x400 and 1:53.26 in the 4x200.

Haberkam and Dodson accounted for a third of the Perryville girls' points. Haberkam won the high jump at 4-10, the 1600 at 5:38.03 and the 3200 at 12:25.36. Dodson took the 400 in 1:00.86 and 800 in 2:28.41. Hild won the 100 hurdles in 17.66, and the Panthers' 4x800 team won in 10:32.2.

D'Nique Phillip displayed outstanding speed in winning the 100 in 11.78 and 200 in 25.37, leading North East to a fifth-place finish. Elkton was third with 99 points and a lone win by Cecilia Gaultney in the 300 hurdles in 53.53.

Bo Manor scored 92 points with wins by Ashley Jackson in the long jump, 15-0, and triple jump, 32-7, and Brittany Wilson in the vault, 9-0.

Perryville dominated the boys' competition, winning nine of the 18 events. Darryl Johnson won the shot put at 47-10 1/2; Eric Barton, 1600 in 4:56.9; Brian Matthews, high jump, 5-8; Taylor DiMauro, vault, 11-0; Karl Palmer, 200, 23.46; Shawn Montz, 300 hurdles, 44.46; and Cameron Cunningham, triple jump, 36-7.

North East finished second with 138 points with wins by Conrad Hepler in the 800, 2:11.33, and Matt Bond, discus, 126-6. Elkton in third place got a double win from Keith Newman in the 100 in 10.99 and the 400 in 53.02. L.J. Ray won the long jump for the Elks at 18-7. Joseph Marsico won the 3200 for the Tome School in 10:30.88.

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