Harford Tech's Simpson leads team to first regional title

Harford Tech's Kaya Simpson, seen competing during the 2018 outdoor track state championships, had a hand in 38 of his team's 125.5 points on Monday at the 2A Central region championships on the way to Tech winning the team title.
Harford Tech's Kaya Simpson, seen competing during the 2018 outdoor track state championships, had a hand in 38 of his team's 125.5 points on Monday at the 2A Central region championships on the way to Tech winning the team title. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Kaya Simpson’s season-long streak of double wins came to an end Monday in the Class 2A Central Region Indoor Track Championships in Baltimore.

There was, however, no disappointment for the Harford Tech senior.


His four-event performance propelled the Tech boys team to its first regional title in indoor track. He had a hand in scoring 38 of Tech’s 125.5 points, fueling a 42-point win over runner-up New Town of Owings Mills. In the girls competition, Tech finished second behind Hereford in the field of 13 teams.

Before the meet, Simpson had won both the 55-meter dash and 55 hurdles in five straight meets. That streak ended Monday. He won the hurdles in 7.78 seconds, but finished second in the dash, though he ran a personal best of 6.68.


He also ran the 4x400 with Anthony McKinzie, Zachary Graney, and Shannon Dooley, winning in 3:42.54, and with McKenzie, Jaren McFadden, and Jhalil Cooper in the 4x200, finishing second.

Dooley, Kevin Baranoski, and A.J. Ianniello also collected individual wins for Tech.

Dooley won the 500 in 1:09.60, finishing 3.1 seconds ahead of teammate Graney in third. Dooley finished third in the 800 in 2:06.82, 0.05 behind Daron Taylor, the runnerup.

Baranoski won the 3,200 by a 10-second margin in 10:13.94 after running with Dooley, Zachary Taylor and Daron Taylor to win the 4x800 in 9:17.08.


Ianniello won the pole vault with a 2-feet-6, a school record. Using a new vaulting pole, he missed his first two attempts of the competition, at 9-3, then cleared the next seven heights without a miss. Justin Holley also qualified for the state meet in the 55 hurdles, placing fourth in 8.74.

Caitlyn Bobb wins 300, 500

Caitlyn Bobb extended her unbeaten streak to 11 races this season by winning the 300 and 500. In the 300, she ran 42.56, and in the 500, she won by a 0.13-second margin in 1:19.39.

She also anchored the 4x200 to a win in 1:51.28 with Petronilla Onyebadi, Nya Ray and Hunter Rae Green. Earlier, Bobb’s three relay teammates were finalists in the 55 dash, with Ray taking second in 7.58, Onyebadi fourth in 7.64, and Green sixth in 7.80. Onyebadi also placed fourth in the 300.

Bobb closed the meet, held on the low-traction drill floor of the Fifth Regiment Armory, by anchoring the 4x400 team to second place, 0.11-second behind Hereford in 4:20.42.

Beyonce Kelly, Samantha Peters, and Nana Okyere preceded Bobb in carrying the baton.

Kelly captured her sixth win in seven meets this season with a 5-4 clearance in the high jump. Lyric Kelley took second and Green third, both at 4-8.

The Tech girls finished second in the 4x800 relay. The foursome of Morgan Dean, Kayla Olmstead, Madison Partridge, and Stephanie Taylor was timed in 11:20.20. Dean later placed fourth in the 800 in 2:34.65.

Two other top-three finishes for the Cobras came in the 55 hurdles, with Laura Velez-Segui placing second in 9.59 and Erin Haviland, third in 9.84. In the 3,200, Tara Orzech placed third in 13:16.66.

Double win for Fallston’s Mendoza

Kennedy Mendoza was undaunted by Hereford’s higher-ranked middle-distance runners in the 2A Central meet.

The Fallston freshman withstood strong challenges from them to win the 1,600 and 800.

In the 1,600, she led from the start and held off a last-lap challenge to win by 0.07-second in 5:25.79. In the 800, she applied a strong kick to win by 0.72-second. Her 20 points helped the Cougars finish fourth in the girls team standings with 39.5 points.The Fallston boys team finished seventh, with brothers Giles and Quinn Daly qualifying for the state meet in the 3,200. Giles finished second in 10:24.29, and Quinn, fourth in 11:07.53.

Brown leads North Harford girls

North Harford finished sixth in the girls team scoring and eighth in the boys in 2A Central. Laurel Brown was the top individual performer for the girls, placing fifth in the high jump at 4-6 and sixth in the 1,600 in 6:03.15. Brown also ran with Natalie Jacobs, Lina Goetz, and Alyssa Santoro to take third in the 4x800 in 11:26.89. In the girls vault, Darian Hoff was fifth at 7-4 and Vanessa Lane, sixth at 6-10.

For the boys, Will Tikiob placed second in the 1,600 in 4:51.65 and fourth in the 800 in 2:12.17. Garrett Ulmer also advanced to the state meet in the pole vault by clearing 10-9 for fourth.

Perry and Zylka win in 3A East

Lindsay Perry won the 800 and finished second in the 1,600 in the 3A East Region meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory Tuesday. The C.M. Wright junior ran 2:27.14 to win the 800 by 2 seconds and 5:23.10 in finishing 0.07-second behind the winner in the 1,600.

In the same meet, Bel Air junior Caleb Zylka ran away from the field in the 3,200. He finished with a 13-second lead in 10:04.30. For the Bel Air girls, Elizabeth Pickett, Riley McDermott, Mackenzie Morrison, and Morgan Loewe relayed to third place in the 4x800 in 10:19.55. Morrison missed by one place advancing in the 3,200 with an 11:53.32 for fifth.

Joppatowne’s Munlyn Advances in 1A

James Munlyn qualified for the state meet in two events Saturday in the 1A West Regional in Hagerstown. The Joppatowne junior finished second in the 300 in 37.48, 0.28 behind the winner, and fourth in the 55 in 6.88, both personal bests. Tyree Bizzelle missed qualifying by one place in the 300 in 38.78.

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