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Harford runners headed to state indoor track meet

A handful of Harford runners are headed to the state indoor track meet Feb. 19.
A handful of Harford runners are headed to the state indoor track meet Feb. 19. (Brian Krista/file photo)

Jessica Rogers came back from a third-place finish in the 1600-meter run to win the 800 with ease Tuesday in the 3A East Region indoor track and field championships in Landover.

Teams from Bel Air and Edgewood competed in the meet on the 200-meter oval of the Prince George’s Sports Complex.

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Rogers, a C. Milton Wright senior, was the only athlete from CMW and the only winner among the Harford County entrants.

In the 800, she ran 2:21.69 in finishing 3.7 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Earlier in the meet she ran 5:14.50 in the 1600. By finishing in the top four in both, she advances to the state meet to be held Feb. 19.

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Bel Air qualified three runners and one relay team for the state meet. Brenton Duvall placed fourth in the 500 in 1:10.78; Caleb Zylka was fourth in the 3200 in 10:04.81; and Ava Goeller, fourth in the 800 in 2:28.16. The 4x800 foursome of Brenton Duvall, A.J. Plowman, Nick Hammond and Ethan Gray (2:04 split) placed second in 8:29.92. In team scoring, the Bel Air boys placed eighth among 14 teams.

For Edgewood, Chance Singleton advanced in two dashes, placing fourth in the 300 in 36.861 seconds, 7 thousands ahead of the fifth place finisher. Though he placed eighth in the 55 dash, he advanced on time with a 6.78-second clocking. The Rams’ 4x400 team of Antwan Powell, Kevin Rowland, Ryan Dean and Christian McDowell finished fourth in 3:38.33. The Edgewood girls’ 4x800 team missed advancement by one place with a 10:15.93.

Joppatowne’s Smith, Taylor advance in 1A

Evelyn Smith and Haley Taylor qualified for the state indoor meet with their performances in the 1A West Region meet in Hagerstown Saturday.

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Smith, a freshman, placed third in the 300 in 44.51 and fourth in the 500 in 1:28.38. Taylor, a senior, took third place in the 500 in 1:27.86. Smith also ran the 55 dash, placing sixth in 7.94 seconds. All her marks were personal bests.

For the Joppatowne boys, Tiante Tongue placed seventh in both the 55 dash (7.28) and 300 (41.27). In the 300, Zyshon Butler was eighth in 41.56 and Jalen Kelly, 10th in 42.46. Kelly also ran 7.33 in the 55 dash, qualifying for the final.

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