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Kieran McDermott is Penn Relays champ; leads Bobcats at UCBAC Championships

Kieran McDermott is Penn Relays champ; leads Bobcats at UCBAC Championships
Harford Tech's Enoch Wiredu lands during one of his attempts in the final round of the boys long jump during Wednesday's UCBAC Track and Field championships at Perryville High School. (MATT BUTTON / AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Bel Air's Kieran McDermott won the High School Boys' Mile Run Championship in the Penn Relays last Friday in Philadelphia.

With his victory, the Bel Air senior earned more than just a gold Penn Relays watch. His time, 4:09.63, lifted him onto the 2018 national high school top-10 list for the mile in the venerable publication, Track and Field News.

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Seeded eighth among the 16 invited runners, McDermott took the lead at the start and held it through a 61.8-second first quarter mile. He settled into second, then third place as the pace slowed to 67 seconds on the second lap, compressing the pack.

At the start of the bell lap, the 6-foot-2-inch senior turned the race into a chase by racing the last lap in 56.3 seconds. He won by 1.35 seconds over runner-up Cameron Ponder of North Carolina, who was seeded fourth. The other Marylander in the race, second-seeded Ryan Lockett of Poolesville, whose best time is 4:08.82, finished 10th.

McDermott ran his previous best, 4:11.94 in the 1600 meters (9 meters less than a mile) in the Maryland state meet last spring. His coach, Sharon Pickett, knew he was ready for a big performance after he ran a 1:52 split on the 4x800 relay two weeks earlier.

UCBAC Championships Day 1

McDermott propelled Bel Air to a meet-record in the 4x800 relay in the first day of the UCBAC Track and Field Championships Wednesday in Perryville. He received the baton with a lead and widened it with a 1:51.8 anchor leg to finish in 7:58.45.

Bel Air also won the girls' 4x800, clocking 9:57.24. The Bobcat's Rebekah Cross ran 11:59.12 to win the 3200, reeling in C.M. Wright's Jessica Rogers (12:03.38), who held a big lead until the last lap. Cross seemed immune to the 86-degree heat, which slowed most of the competitors near the end of the 3200. In the boys 3200, Patterson Mills' Sam Brosh won in 9:51.99, outlasting Bo Manor's Zach Laird (9:53.89) and CMW's Brandon Cruz (9:57.84).

Edgewood's Deonte Banks came within an inch of the meet record in winning the long jump at 21-3 1/2. The Rams also won the 4x200 relay in 1:32.20.

Harford Tech won the girls' 4x200 easily in 1:45.78 with a team that included Savannah Kent, who won the triple jump at 34-8 3/4.

Simeon Stephens of Havre de Grace won the high jump at 5-8. North East had two winners on the first day: Niya Khanjar, at 9-6 in the vault, and Connor Yedinak at 46-10 in the shot put. Perryville's Emani Bell won the discus at 101-4

Reach Randy McRoberts on twitter. @aegissports

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