With all apologies to the sprinters, distance runners and throwers, last week's Howard County track championships really belonged to couple of female jumpers.
Atholton's Ashley Wall got things started on the first day, breaking the county record in the high jump, going 5 feet 7.
Wall also won the long jump, and finished third in the triple jump and third in the 100-meter hurdles, good enough to help Atholton to a second-place finish behind Long Reach.
"Last year we finished last, and we only have about 10 girls that score in our events as opposed to Long Reach, which has about 20," Wall said. "We did really well for ourselves and our size."
One of those 20 girls Wall was referring to was Shayla Moore, who leaped 39-6 in the triple jump to win by more than a foot. At the Penn Relays, Moore jumped 39-6 1/2 , the longest jump by a Marylander this year.
"Ever since my jump at Penns, I've really been working hard," Moore said. "After I jumped that, I was like, 'Wow, I'm almost a 40-foot triple jumper. I'm up there with the elite.' "
A year ago, Long Reach beat River Hill twice in the regular season only to lose to the Hawks in the playoffs.
Long Reach's six seniors remembered that fact and went into Monday's game against River Hill wanting to pay the Hawks back in kind.
It happened. The Lightning, which lost to River Hill, 15-5 and 3-1, in the regular season, never trailed in a 4-2 upset of the Hawks (14-7) in a Class 3A East Regional quarterfinal.
Long Reach's Crystal Buckingham tripled to right in the second inning and scored during the same play on a throwing error. Ashley Naimaster scored in the fourth on a wild pitch.
In the top of the sixth, with Jennifer Kennedy on third and Naimaster on second, Kari Filipowicz grounded to second base. The throw came home, but Kennedy was safe. The ball got away from the catcher, allowing Naimaster to add the fourth run.
Today, Long Reach will play host to top-ranked Northeast (19-3).
Hammond (9-13) has won four straight, including Monday's 10-5 victory over top-seed Gwynn Park. The Golden Bears will play host to Howard (14-5) today in a Class 2A South Regional semifinal. Howard advanced with a 4-1 win over Lackey. The Lions beat Hammond twice during the season, 1-0 and 3-1.
Centennial pitcher Amanda Hall, whose team plays at Atholton today in a Class 2A South Regional semifinal, has accepted a softball scholarship to the University of New Haven (Conn.).
The Howard County Tennis Association has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Jennifer Clappin of Long Reach and James Krometis of Glenelg. Clappin, who wants to become a pilot, will attend the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ark., in the fall. Krometis will major in computer science at UMBC.
The Region III tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be held Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. and the finals Saturday at 9 a.m.
If the seedings holds true, the girls singles match Saturday should be a good one. Howard County champ Marianne Baker, a sophomore from Glenelg, would play Prince George's top player, Lesley Price, the defending state singles champ from Eleanor Roosevelt.
Baker is undefeated this season. She is ranked No. 1 in 16-and-under in the mid-Atlantic, and is ranked 118th nationally in the 16s.
Centennial and Oakland Mills meet up today in a battle of the last two remaining boys lacrosse teams. The Scorpions (10-4) will bring with them a powerful frontline that includes J. T. Rembert and Sean McElroy. Centennial counters with Wyatt Cooper, one of the league's top defenders.