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New track and field timing system makes debut, but wasn't needed

The Fully Automatic Timing system made its Harford debut in high school track Saturday at the finish line of the Hawk Invitational at North Harford.

The meet produced outstanding performances but none that required the camera system's thousandth-of-a-second precision. Many of the top performances were in the field events, far outside the camera's view.

Isaiah Gills won the triple jump by a margin of 4 1/2 feet with an UCBAC-leading mark of 44 feet, 6 inches. The Harford Tech junior also won the long jump at 20-6 1/2, with teammate Dennis Pink second at 19-9 1/2.

Kevin Payne of Hereford cleared 13-0 in the pole vault, the highest mark in the North Harford stadium since the Hawks' Don Lort vaulted 13-6 almost 28 years ago. Payne later won a second event, the 300 hurdles in 46.05.

Jumpers from Fallston produced the two best high jump marks in the county this season. Christopher Curry cleared 6-2 to win the boys' event and Lauren Woollen, 5-2 to win the girls'. Marissa Walker gave Fallston a win in the other vertical jump, winning the vault at 9 feet even.

Kevin Mackey, a North Harford junior, won the discus throw at 141-10 1/2 beating second place by almost 13 feet.

Hereford, with its strong distance runners, led the eight-team field in both the boys' and girls' scoring. The Bulls outscored C. Milton Wright, 170 to 99, in the girls' events and Perryville, 155.5 to 85, in the boys'. Harford Tech took third in both.

Hereford's Erin Causey won the 1600 in 5:19.4, and Sara Carter, the 3200 in 11:28.16. The Bulls also won the 4x800 relay in 10:09.0 and 4x400 in 4:21.51.

Hereford's Jon Luckin won the 3200 in 10:14.59 after edging John Carroll's Derek Alban in the 1600, 4:29.68 to 4:31.57. Alban won the 800 in 2:05.65 and anchored the Patriots' 4x800 team (Andrew Ellis, Dave Knaide and Mark Pickett) to a win over Hereford in 8:37.54.

The CMW girls won three events. Sydney Rhodes took the 400 in 1:02.27; Ashley Gereli, the discus at 97-0 1/2; and Lena Sharesky, the triple jump at 33-10. Sharesky finished second in the long jump, 1/4-inch behind Hereford's Marilyn Gerovasilis, 14-10 3/4.

The first image captured on the automatic timing system was that of Paige Chapman. She won the 100 meters in 12.80, finishing 0.34 second ahead of Harford Tech teammate Marietta Corbin. The two also finished 1-2 in the 200 with Chapman winning in 27.12. They joined Charice Corbin and Jheniel Kelly to win the 4x200 in a slow-for-Tech time of 1:56.87. Cierra Singleton won the 100 hurdles in 17.17 with Charice Corbin in 17.60.

Karl Palmer of Perryville won both the boys' dashes with times of 11.35 and 23.32. He nipped Fallston's Chris Johnson by 0.10 in the 100 and John Carroll's Austin Markley by 0.30 in the 200. Palmer also led the Panthers to victory in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays in times of 44.60 and 1:42.16.

Fallston won the girls' sprint relay, with Katie Lahatte, Kori Melton, Kayla Puglisi and Marissa Walker taking the 4x100 in 53.28.

Harford Tech won the boys' 4x400 with the team of Mike Blickenstaff, Isaiah Gills, Josh North and Isaiah Smothers running 3:45.99.

Other individual winners were Jordan Dodson, Perryville, 800 in 2:24:50; Rebecca Driver, John Carroll, 300 hurdles in 48.66; Marina Butler-Duncan, Bryn Mawr, shot put in 36-4 3/4; James Gonzales, Dundalk, 400 in 52.76; and Hereford's Luke Kurtz, 44-3 in the boys' shot put.

Long-jumpers, Chase shine

The girls' long-jump competition and two dashes by Brandon Chase highlighted a meet among Aberdeen, CMW and host Edgewood April 12.

Just 3 1/2 inches separated the three top long-jumpers of the UCBAC as Aberdeen's Kiersten Bond won at 17-0, Aberdeen's Jimmia McCluskey took second at 16-11 and Edgewood's Wilhelmina Austin, third at 16-8 1/2.

Austin, who holds the county record in the long jump at 18-3, won the 100 hurdles in 16.1, the triple jump at 34-8 and anchored the Rams' 4x100 relay to a win at 53.0.

McCluskey won the 100 in 12.2. Her teammate, Aria Real, won the 200 in 27.7 and led the 4x200 team to victory in 1:50.0. The Eagles also took the throwing events as Shawnta Bradford won the shot put at 37-1 1/2 and Donisha Porter, the discus at 82-8.

For CMW, Shannon Rogers won the 800 in 2:39 and 1600 in 5:55. Miriam Silton, in her first race since being sidelined by a stress fracture, won the 3200 in 13:15. The Mustangs' 4x800 team won.

Chase blazed a dash double of 49.4 in the 400 and 21.6 in the 200, two of the top times in the state. The Edgewood senior also ran with Noel Spencer, Rickey Dangerfield and Ray King to win the 4x100 relay in 43.8, the fastest in the UCBAC this season. He also ran a leg on the 4x400 team, which won in 3:42.0.

King registered his best triple jump of the season, 42-10 1/2, won the long jump at 20-2 and ran with Devon Teagle, Spencer and Dangerfield to win the 4x200 in 1:32.8.

Also for Edgewood, Lenier Tucker won the 800 in 2:09.4 and 1600 in 4:47.5. Rico Pena took the 300 hurdles in 49.0.

Aberdeen's winners were Datron Savage, 100 in 11.3; Nicholas Brown, discus, 113-6; and Mike Davenport, high jump, 5-10.

CMW boys won two events. Devin Freize took the 3200 in 11:17 and the 4x800 team won.

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