Howard earns both team titles at outdoor track and field county championships

Howard dominated at the Howard County outdoor track and field championships, cementing its fourth consecutive win on the girl's side and first county title for the boys since 2007.

"For me it's a team effort," said Howard coach Zach Dickerson. "We scored well in the sprints, in the distance, in the jumps and in the throws and we had people step up who were kind of in that, 9-10-11 looking in to get points that snuck those 6-7-8's that really kind of upped our score. So having everyone on the team step up was really awesome today."


It's been a long awaited chance for the counties best to square off against one another this season in track and field. The indoor championships were canceled

The Lions totaled 154 and 136.5 points for the boys and girls, respectively, from Monday and Tuesday's efforts at Long Reach High School. Atholton (107.33 points) and River Hill (90 points) finished second and third, respectively, on the girl's side, while Reservoir (102.50) and Oakland Mills (82) followed suit for the boys.

"It was nice to get back on top as we lingered top two or three, but to have a full team effort and take this today – (I'm) very proud of the team," Dickerson said. "We've become that whole team approach where we have points in all 18 events, not just a few, so to be able to score in I think almost every event today was a huge advantage for us going in."


Rachel Parshall kicked off a successful second day for the Lions – which resulted in four first-place finishes, totaling eight between Monday and Tuesday – with a championship performance in the 100-meter hurdles. The junior crushed her prelim time (16.41), crossing in 15.92 seconds.

Howard boy's 4x8 relay team wins gold, with Wilde Lake gets two state championship performances by Jamila Brown (300-meters) and Deanna Yancey (high jump), while River Hill's Sophie Caplin places first in girl's pole vault.

"For Rachel, I think that was the first race she's ever won let alone a championship she's ever won," Dickerson said. "She hugged coach (Tyler) Wade at the finish line –it was a great moment at the end there."

It was a tight 1,600 and 800-meter race on the boy's side, with Howard earning both first-place finishes. Joseph LaPointe won the 1,600 with a time of 4 minutes and 26.82 seconds, beating out the Hawks' Kevin Fitzgerald (4:27.40) and teammate Nick Deamer (4:28.84). In fact, the Lions and Hawks finished one-through-five in the race, as River Hill's Rahul Reddy (4:29.87) and the Lions' Ryan Gunderson (4:29.97) rounded out the top five.

LaPointe very narrowly came away with his second county title of the afternoon, but was edged out by teammate Erik Jenks, finishing with times of 1:59.05 and 1:59.23, respectively.

"They've been wanting to run under two minutes all year and they know place is better than time right now, but in the back of their head they wanted to sub-two," said Dickerson. "So to be able to go 1-2 and both break two minutes, it was a fantastic highlight.

Ultimately, the Lions totaled 21 top-three finishes before the meet concluded.

"It kind of takes indoors place a little bit because we couldn't run indoor, so to be able to win today it meant a lot to the program and the kids so I'm really proud," Dickerson added. "Joey, Erik and John Hun who is a thrower and I think he got fifth in the discus and sixth in the shot put – he's just one of those guys who really stepped up and got us like six, seven points which were huge today."

Howard County Indoor Track and Field Championships canceled after being originally rescheduled for Feb. 8.

Reservoir (78), Wilde Lake (66), Marriotts Ridge (49), Oakland Mills (43), Mt. Hebron (42), Centennial (32), Hammond (16.33), Long Reach (15) and Glenelg (8.33) rounded out the girls team scores. For the boys, Atholton (50) placed fourth, followed by River Hill (52), Long Reach (50), Mt. Hebron (49), Centennial (40), Wilde Lake (37), Marriotts Ridge (36), Glenelg (33) and Hammond (21).

"I was pretty impressed. There are definitely things to work on. There is definitely some hand off issues and some attention to detail things, but big picture we're primed and ready to go for regions," said Hawks coach Paul Hugus. "Ada Beams did a really nice job today in the 100 hurdles and 300-hurdles and I wasn't expecting her to do that.

Kevin Fitzgerald with 400 to go went a little bit too hard, but he ended up holding off for second and ran a pretty good time. I'm happy with that. Our 4x4 was a good squad. Jasmine (Tiamfook) ran really well today. But yeah, I think we did fairly well overall. I was hoping we'd get second on the girls side, but we'll take a third."

River Hill saw freshman Sydney Robinson claim a county championship title in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.53 seconds, edging out senior Micah Meekins (57.97) of Marriotts Ridge.

"She's going to be a phenomenal athlete – she already is," Hugus added of Robinson.


But Meekins caught Robinson later in the afternoon, placing first in the 200-meter dash, crossing in 25.27 seconds. Robinson finished close behind in 25.29 seconds, while Howard's Teanna Jules placed third with a time of 25.36 seconds.

"I was really upset about (the 400). I thought to get at least one county championship. I was really happy I was able to pull it off," Meekins said. "The 200 will always be my better race. I actually wanted to beat (Robinson) one time. She's really good, she's amazing actually, but (I'm) glad I was able to get one race on her. I was a little nervous (going into today). I just wanted to get one win honestly. I was a little disappointed that Jamila (Brown) wasn't in there. I thought she would have been able to push me, but even running with (Robinson) was nice."

At the 2A state Indoor Track and Field championships Feb. 22, Oakland Mills took home six top-four finishes, including two golds medals, while Marriotts Ridge's Micah Meekins sets record in a championship showing in 300-meter race

The Gators' Kelvyn Sosoo beat out the Scorpions Cameron Vereen in the boy's 200-meter dash, with Sosoo crossing at 25.27 seconds and Vereen, 25.29 seconds. But Vereen got the best of Sosoo in the 100-meter dash, beating the senior by .03 seconds with a time of 11.06 seconds.

In the boys 400-meters, Oakland Mills senior Kelsey White added another county championship title after anchoring the Scorpions first-place finishing 4x8 relay team Monday, placing first with a time of 51.43 seconds. Mt. Hebron's Justin Johnson (51.63) and the Raiders Jeremy Falwell (51.77) finished second and third, respectively.

Oakland Mills received another strong outing from senior Brit Lang, who 24 hours earlier broke a county-record in the 3,200. Lang earned two more county championship titles Tuesday, placing first in the 1,600 and 800-meter races.

Brit Lang had grown up idolizing some of the counties best runners, including Mt. Hebron alumna Liz McCarter. So fittingly, in Lang's final county championship

After winning the 4x8 relay Monday, the Raiders took first in the girl's 4x400-meter relay Tuesday, cruising past Mt. Hebron (4:10.41) and River Hill (4:14.24) with a time of 4 minutes and 7.09 seconds.

"I'm ecstatic… the girls have been fantastic. They've been training hard. They know this is one of our staples to come in and do damage in the relays. They've been running incredible. I'm happy, but a young group – they're going to do well as the senior progresses," said Raiders coach Ivan Alvarado. "With the quick turnaround from the 800 and even the 400 to the 4x4, there's not a lot of rest, whereas the state meet, we'll have an extra hour, so quick turnaround, fast times, season best and a couple seconds off the school record."

Glenelg took the boy's 4x400 relay, narrowly crossing before Reservoir (3:29.74) and Marriotts Ridge (3:29.85) with a time of 3 minutes and 29.26 seconds.

Atholton placed first in the boy's 4x100 relay with a time of 44.12 seconds, while Reservoir (44.18) and Long Reach (44.57) rounded out the top-three.


Reservoir out paced Howard and Hammond in the girl's 4x100 relay, finishing with a time of 49.89 seconds. The win came shortly after the Gators Kayla Pindell took home a county championship in the 300-meter hurdles. It was the senior's first year running in the event and she crossed first with a time of 47.79, defeating the Mustangs Riley Murtha (48.22) and the Lions Taylor Jaranyi (48.53).


"I got out faster than I usually do. My coach told me I had to go after it and I did. I used my speed when I had it and I just had to finish," Pindell said. "Feels good, I mean I just started this season and I was really nervous – well I've been nervous for the majority of the races this season, but it feels good though. I was able to win. It was my last year and I went and told my coach, I just wanted to try something different. All I did was run, so I tried long jump and I tried this. I didn't really think about it, like today I wanted to win but it hasn't really hit me."

The Lightning's Ethan Cadogan claimed a county title in the boy's 300-meter hurdles, crossing with a time of 40.01 seconds, edging out Oakland Mills' Andre Turray (40.27) and Reservoir's Brandon King (41.02).

The Wildecats earned top finishes from Jamila Brown in the 100-meter dash and T.J Lyles in the 110-meter hurdles. Brown out paced Jules (12.45) and Robinson (12.53) with a time of 12.28 seconds, while Lyles beat out teammate Osita Smith (15.45) and Long Reach's Lavon Wells (15.47), crossing in 15.22 seconds.

In the field events, the Lions' Bayli Smith doubled up on her county titles, winning the girl's shot put after placing first in discus Monday.

The Wildecats Elicia Craig won the girl's long jump, while Centennial's Elijah White not only took home his third county title, but also set a new county meet record in the process.

The junior – who also stars on the Eagles basketball team –won the high and long jump Monday and then capped off the meet with a record-breaking performance in the triple jump. White's distance of 46-03.00 surpassed Atholton alum Jordan Palmer's mark of 45-08 set back in 2013.

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