Three Howard County schools won track and field regional team titles this past weekend.
The River Hill girls won the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 2A South region, while Atholton’s girls and the Reservoir boys won the 3A East region.
All qualifying athletes will advance to the state meet at Morgan State University. The Class 1A and 2A state championships begin Thursday, while the 3A and 4A meets start Friday. All four classifications will conclude on Saturday.
River Hill girls win 2A South regional
River Hill took home five gold medals en route to its first-place finish.
The Hawks’ top performer was Faith Meininger. The sophomore was one of two quadruple winners from a Howard County school on regional weekend. She finished first in the 800-meter run, mile, two mile and 4x800-meter relay (alongside Kennedy Clark, Raaya Khleif and Katherine Kitzinger).
Ada Beams finished first in the pole vault and third in the 100-meter hurdles.
The only other first-place finisher from a Howard County school in the girls 2A South region was Oakland Mills’ 4x400-meter relay team of Ciara Lott, Megan Gunther, Arianna Marshall and Alana Oppermann.
Also performing well for the Scorpions was Oluwaseun Sule, who finished second in the long jump and third in the triple jump and 4x100.
Oakland Mills boys finish second in 2A South regional
The Scorpions scored 118 points as a team, trailing champion Calvert by only seven points.
Their 4x100-meter relay team of Christopher Evans, Rafi Cason, Josh Dixon and Deon Breeland took first place. Oakland Mills’ Evans, Cason, Jahiem Turner and Javier Relf also won the 4x400 relay.
Atholton’s Kristopher Lytle finished first in the 100 and was a member of the Raiders’ first-place winning 4x200-meter relay team, alongside Noah Alper, Gyasi Bowens and Ali Bowens.
Mt. Hebron’s Justin Evans, Kobe Hill, Connor Croft and Joel Evans finished first in the 4x400, while William Jones, Evan Kocsis, Joel Evans and Croft won the 4x800. Joel Evans also won the 800-meter run, while Ethan Bishop added gold in the pole vault for the Vikings.
Long Reach’s Cameron Hindle won the mile, while Centennial’s Jacob Cole, Justin Ziegler and Zach Deming finished first through third, respectively, in the two mile.
Howard boys and girls finish second in 4A North regionals
The Howard boys finished second behind Urbana, while the girls were behind only Dulaney.
Amanda Eliker led the girls squad with gold-medal performances in the mile, two mile and 4x800 (alongside Nimrit Ahuja, Sam Cavanaugh and Emily Gorny).