Hammond's Jermika Miller had long wanted to win a state title. The triple jumper finally got one Friday — in her last high school meet.
Miller won her event in Class 3A at the state championship meet at Morgan State on a day that featured weather more suited for football than track. The senior turned in her second-best jump of the season to win on the first day of competition for Class 3A and 4A schools.
The No. 6 Digital Harbor boys lead in Class 3A (23 points), thanks to a win from Michael Francis in the long jump and Corey Mendez's second-place effort in the high jump. Severna Park's boys are second in Class 4A, behind Clarksburg (32.5).
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Hughes Memorial Stadium, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
The meet's final day for all four classes begins Saturday at 10 a.m., an hour earlier than scheduled as some Class 1A and 2A events were postponed by Thursday's storms.
Miller's triple jump of 38 feet, 4.25 inches was more than two feet better than Linganore's Samantha Johnson (36-4), who finished second. The winning jump came on Miller's first attempt — each participant gets six chances — and was enough.
"It feels really good," Miller said. "I ended my high school career on a good note."
Miller also enjoyed the win because she'll be coming to Morgan State in the fall and will run track for the Bears.
She also had to battle the weather a bit. She thought the temperature would be warmer and just wore her uniform and no leggings. Strong gusting winds were out, but the wind was more with her than against.
The weather wound up being a story for a second consecutive day, with temperatures in the mid-50s coupled with swirling winds.
"Any time you see a drastic shift [in weather], it's going to affect athletes," said Jason Bowman, one of Hereford's coaches. "It definitely slowed times in the sprints and hurdles. It tightens up an athlete who has to do an explosive activity ... but for distance runners, it's good."
It didn't seem to affect pole vaulter Brennan Hardesty from Chesapeake-Anne Arundel. He took first with his effort of 13 feet after winning the indoor state title in the winter with the same height.
C. Milton Wright's Kathy Kammerer took the Class 3A pole vault for girls (10 feet). Northeast's Nick Moorhead captured the shot put in Class 3A (53-11.75).
State Championships (Day 2)
(at Morgan State)
Team scores (top 5): 1. Digital Harbor, 23; 2. Einstein, 16; 3. Mount Hebron, 15; 4. Hereford, 13; 5. North Harford, 11.
Individual events (top 3): 3,200 relay: 1. Einstein, 8:12.95; 2. Mount Hebron, 8:15.29; 3. Hereford, 8:16.90.
3,200: 1. Johnson (TST), 9:15.28; 2. Rau (HOW), 9:18.11; 3. Bullen (ANN), 9:21.70.
Shot put: 1. Moorhead (NE), 53-11.75; 2. Mackey (NH), 50-10.5; 3. Sipe (URB), 50-0.