Jheniel Kelly was a hurdler and high jumper of little notice in two seasons of track and field at Harford Tech. When she entered the University of Maryland Eastern Shore two and a half years ago, she tried middle-distance running.
On Saturday, the junior from Edgewood confirmed that as her niche in track and field. Competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships in Landover, she was the Hawks' outstanding women's performer in the meet, scoring one fourth of her team's point total.
In her first race of the two-day meet at the Prince George's Sportsplex, she placed second in the 800 in an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:13.80. Three hours later, she ran the lead-off 1,200-meter leg on the winning distance-medley relay.
In the mile run the following day, she placed third, covering the eight laps in a personal best of 5:04.06. Finally, she took the baton on the second leg on the 4x400 relay, and helped her team to a fourth-place finish.
The shared points of the relays gave her a total of 16 1/2 points. The UMES women finished fifth in the field of 12 teams with 64 points.
"We are very proud of Jheniel," Harford Tech coach Darrell Diamond, who watched her race on Saturday, said. "She is a prime example of how dedication,hard work and desire can help you achieve your dreams."
Kara Tolson honored
Kara Tolson, who ran for Salisbury University from 2011 to 2014, was honored recently as a member of the Silver Anniversary Team of the Capital Athletic Conference. The Patterson Mill alumna earned all-conference honors 13 times in the dashes in outdoor track and eight times indoors.
Logan, Henderson eighth in state meet
Derick Logan and Kamryn Henderson scored Harford Tech's only points in the Class 2A state indoor track meet Monday in Landover. Logan placed eighth in the 55 dash in 6.89 seconds. Henderson was eighth in the 55 hurdles in 9.59.
Ann Luna, the 2A East region champ in the hurdles, fell between the first and second hurdles and failed to qualify for the final.
For Fallston, Andrew Parks placed ninth in the 800 in 2:07.64. Caitlin Phillips ran 10.28 in the semifinals of the hurdles but did not advance to the finals.
The Class 3A state meet, in which runners from Edgewood and C. Milton Wright were to compete Tuesday, was postponed to Feb. 23 because of snow.
Matthew Burdette, 33, of Churchville, raced 50K in 4 hours, 24 minutes in the Mid-Maryland 50K Feb. 7 in Elkridge. Over five laps of a 10K loop in Rockburn Branch Park, he placed eighth among 102 finishers.
Five other Harford runners completed the 31-mile race. Rick Thompson ran 5:32:24; Tom Thompson, 5:44:12; Tim Gavin, 5:50:29; Lisa Gesualdo, 6:00:25; and Tim Finholm, 6:15:16.