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Franklin's Nyjari McNeil, Harford Tech girls among top local performers at state track meet

For The Baltimore Sun

Franklin’s Nyjari McNeil ended her high school career in style Saturday during the final day of the state track and field championship meet at Morgan State.

McNeil completed a sweep of the 400- and 800-meter runs for the third consecutive year, which helped pull the Indians from far back to right near the top. Franklin briefly took the lead later in the meet before Frederick rallied to win the Class 3A team title.

The senior won the 400 in 54.45 seconds, edging teammate Cameron Hinton (54.90). McNeil, headed for San Diego State in the fall, came back later in the day to win the 800 in 2:16.00.

McNeil was happy with her third straight time winning the 400 and 800 at the state meet.

“I wish I got it four years in a row,” she said with a smile. “But I’m proud of myself, and I improved a lot."

McNeil jumped out to a huge lead after just 100 meters in the 800 and easily ran away from the field. She set the Class 3A record at the state meet last year (2:11.27), but couldn’t quite match that this time on a humid afternoon.

“I was going for the record, [but] it was so hot, and my body was just dead,” McNeil said.

Tylar Colbert also helped Franklin by winning the 300 hurdles (44.36) and taking second in the 100 and 200. Franklin trailed by just three late in the meet but Frederick eventually pulled away and finished with 100 points, beating the Indians by 18.

Harford Tech’s girls were the only local team to win a state title. The Cobras easily took the Class 2A crown, finishing with 101 points, rolling past River Hill (59).

This was the Cobras’ first team state title.

Caitlyn Bobb and Petronilla Onyebadi led the way for Harford Tech on Saturday. Bobb, a freshman, won the 200 (24.87) and 400 (55.84) and ran on the victorious 400 and 800 relay teams.

Onyebadi ran on those two relay teams and won the long jump, hitting 18 feet, 6.5 inches on her final attempt. She also took third in the 100.

Bobb said this championship will be a boost to the Cobras' program.

“I knew that we had a pretty good chance to win the states, or at least [finish] in the top three,” said Bobb, a freshman. “Now, people will know who Harford Tech is.”

Savannah Kent pitched in with second-place finishes in the triple jump and 300 hurdles.

Also from Harford County, Kieran McDermott of Bel Air turned in an impressive performance while winning the Class 3A 1,600. He ran away from the field to win in 4:17.10.

Later in the day, McDermott set a new state record – for all four classes – by winning the 800 in 1:50.91. That broke a record in place since 1983.

Jessica Rogers (C.M. Wright) and Ashley Betz (Patterson Mill) earned victories in distance races. Rogers took the Class 3A 1,600 in 5:14.18, just nipping Camryn Streib from Atholton (5:14.28).

Betz won the Class 1A 1,600 in 5:25.59. Marissa Lapinsky also got a first for Patterson Mill in the 800 in 2:21.69.

Dulaney’s boys took second in Class 4A. Northwest won easily (98.5 points) while the Lions (44.5 points) got help from Josiah Nilsen (second in the pole vault, fourth in the long jump).

The New Town boys finished second in Class 2A. Oakdale won the team title with 71 points to the Titans’ 56.

Brandon James of New Town took the 400 in Class 2A (47.96), edging teammate Jordan Cofield (48.51). James also won 200 (21.62), and New Town won the 1,600 relay.

The Reservoir boys took second in Class 3A. South Hagerstown (72) beat the Gators by eight points. Kai Muniz took second in the 1,600 on Saturday, and Reservoir also won the 1,600 relay (3:22.81).

Other local winners included Aariq Nixon from Milford Mill (Class 3A 400, 49.14), Crystal Johnson (Western Tech, Class 2A 200, 24.86) and Joseph Ewan (Mervo, Class 4A 100, 10.92).

Class 4A

Boys

Team scores (top 5): 1. Northwest, 98.5; 2. Dulaney, 44.5; 3. Severna Park, 40; 4. (tie) Suitland, Northwood, 38.

Individual events

110-meter hurdles: 1. Tunson (CHF), 13.89; 2. Whitfield (WIS), 14.13; 3. Abrams (ARU), 14.25.

100 meters: 1. Ewan (MER), 10.92; 2. Woods (NW), 10.94; 3. Wiley (ARU), 11.02.

1,600: 1. Fry (BCC), 4:19.43; 2. Freda (NWD), 4:19.88; 3. Clark (SPK), 4:20.21.

400: 1. Carter (NP), 48.50; 2. Buchannan (SUI), 48.89; 3. Washington (SUI), 48.96.

300 hurdles: 1. Adebayo (DUV), 38.58; 2. Boettinger (SPK), 39.37; 3. Blake (CHF), 39.50.

200: 1. Prince (ER), 21.90; 2. Busey (NCO), 22.00; 2. Osuji (PBR), 22.10.

800: 1. Phillips (NWD), 1:56.35; 2. Osborne (NW), 1:56.39; 3. Ozbolt (DUL), 1:57.28.

400 relay: 1. Northwest, 42.60; 2. E. Roosevelt, 43.14; 3. Meade, 43.22.

1,600 relay: 1. Suitland, 3:18.61; 2. DuVal, 3:19.02; 3. Springbrook, 3:21.19.

Triple jump: 1. Foote-Talley (NW), 50-3.5; 2. Lewis (GAI), 45-7; 3. Rice (NWD), 45-4.75.

Discus: 1. Ahmar (BRD), 174-8; 2. Elias (URB), 155-9; 3. Gladney (PH), 146-8.

Girls

Team scores (top 5): 1. Northwest, 78; 2. Wise, 64; 3. Urbana, 51; 4. W. Johnson, 49; 5. Bowie, 42.

Individual events

100-meter hurdles: 1. Pessima (NW), 14.17; 2. Dunbar (PB), 14.57; 3. Grant (CHF), 14.65

100 meters: 1. Henderson (NP), 12.16; 2. Wright (NW), 12.28; 3. Thomas (ER), 12.29.

1,600: 1. Green (WJ), 4:51.53; 2. O’Brien (SR), 5:01.65; 3. Janke (BRD), 5:08.13.

400: 1. Andrews (WIS), 56.28; 2. Williams (WIS), 56.29; 3. Auderset (URB), 56.78.

300 hurdles: 1. Pessima (NW), 43.52; 2. Grant (CHF), 44.60; 3. Tinsley (DUV), 45.21.

200: 1. Wright (NW), 24.97; 2. Depry (WHE), 25.09; 3. Hampton (WIS), 25.18.

800: 1. Green (WJ), 2:12.64; 2. Auderset (URB), 2:13.37; 3. Knight (SPK), 2:16.26.

400 relay: 1. Mervo, 48.64; 2. Bowie, 48.69; 3 Northwest, 49.01.

1,600 relay: 1. Wise, 3:50.45; 2. Severna Park, 3:59.48; 3. Leonardtown, 4:01.54.

High jump: 1. Wright (NW), 5-8.25; 2. Moore (OLM), 5-4; 3. Stover (RM), 5-4.

Shot put: 1. Goings (MEA), 38-8; 2. Bestman (PBR), 37-6.5; 3. Akingsbesote (CHF), 37-5.5.

Long jump: 1. Joyner (BOW), 18-8; 2. Ashiogwu (GAI), 18-1; 3. Morrow (ER), 17-10.

Pole vault: 1. Calabrese (URB), 10-6; 2. Adams (SPK), 10-6; 3. Bohrer (URB), 10-0.

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