Youthful Harford athletes place well in AAU Junior Olympics qualifying

Jazlyn Ware of the Joppatowne Roadrunners Club won two events in the AAU Region 3 Track and Field Championships in Baltimore June 27-28. Ware, who attends Prospect Mill Elementary in Bel Air, won the 100- and 400-meter dashes in the 8-and-under age group.

She ran 1:14.44 in winning the 400 by a margin of 3.4 seconds. She clocked 15.27 seconds in the 100 to win by about 4 meters. She also placed third in the 200 in 32.24.


Athletes from Maryland and D.C. competed in the meet in nine age divisions, with the top six finishers in each running event and the top five in field events qualifying for the AAU Junior Olympics in Norfolk, Va., Aug. 3-8.

Riley McDermott of Bel Air won the age-13 girls javelin with a throw of 63 feet. As a member of the Harford Track Club, she also won a gold medal in the 4x800 relay with teammates Taylor Hurte, Savannah Henderson, and Morgan Dean in 10:58.39.

Harford Tech's UCBAC hurdle champion Ann Luna placed second in the age-15-16 heptathlon. Her marks for this, her first multi-event competition, were 28.57 in the 200, 2:50.38 in the 800, 16.99 in the 100 hurdles, 4-6 3/4 in the high jump, 15-10 1/2 in the long jump, 18-8 in the shot put, and 51-4 in the javelin. Competing for Harford Track Club, she also placed third in the 100 hurdles in 16.79.

Ashton Tolson of Bel Air placed third in the age-10 boys 800 in 2:33.24 and second in the 1,500 in 5:09.13. He also ran on the winning Baltimore City Club 4x400 relay.

For the Joppatowne Club, Catalina Herrera qualified in three age-11 events. She was second in the 3,000 in 14:17.19, fourth in the 800 in 2:56.53; and sixth in the 1,500 in 5:55.97. Jaya Coats took fourth in the under-8 girls 1,500 in 6:07.02.

Other Joppatowne qualifiers were Corey Daley, fourth in the age-11 boys 400 in 1:02.75; Timi Oyenkunle, fourth in age-12 shot put, 23-9 1/2; Kameron Lewis, sixth in age-11 boys 80-meter hurdles in 17.23; and Jensen Perkovich, sixth in the age-11 boys 3,000 in 13:44.47.

Ten others from the Harford Track Club qualified for the national meet. In 15-16, Ethan Gray was second in the 1,500 in 4:28.76 and fourth in the 3,000 in 10:44.9. In age-13, Peter Capozzoli placed third in the 1,500 in 4:44.17 and fourth in the 100 in 12.75; Trevor Jagde was sixth in the 3,000 in 11:45.05; and Taylor Hurte, fifth in the girls 1,500 in 5:30.43.

In age-14, Rebecca Cross placed third in the 1,500 in 5:16.33 and fifth in the 800 in 2:35.54. Morgan Dean was sixth and fourth in the two races in 2:36.01 and 5:29.18. Megan Dean was fifth in the 1,500 in 5:43.07.

In the age-14 discus, Christopher Garvin placed fifth in 58-11. In 17-18, Jacob Sparr was fifth in both the discus at 135 feet and javelin at 89-3. Steven Mark placed sixth in the 17-18 boys 3,000 in 10:23.33.