The No.10 Aberdeen girls used a bunch of first-place finishes to edge out C. Milton Wright for the top spot in last weekend's Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference track and field championship meet at Bohemia Manor.
The Eagles came away with seven firsts in the event and finished with 127 points, barely beating the Mustangs (126). Fallston finished third with 103 points. Aberdeen's Stephanie Johnson won the 100-meter dash in 12.13 seconds. She also took second in the 200.
Delmarshae Walker captured the 300 hurdles in 48.24, and Vanessa Whiteford and Amanda Deller gave the Eagles wins in field events. Whiteford took first in the triple jump (33 feet, 3.5 inches), and Deller won the shot put (39-7).
Relays really made the difference for Aberdeen. The Eagles won the 400 and 1,600 (the meet's final two events) to edge out C.M. Wright for the team title. In addition, they won the 800 meters.
Still, the Mustangs nearly pulled it out. Sara Bailey of C.M. Wright was the lone Harford County athlete to win more than one event. She took first in the 1,600 (5:19.0) and 3,200 (11:13.0). Teammate Lyndsie Ludwig won the 100 hurdles in 15.97 seconds.
"Our kids ran well, and we just came up a little short," C.M. Wright coach Donnie Mickey said.
Jess Harlee (400, 58.51) and Evan Campbell (200, 25.98) earned Fallston victories on the track. Jill Dozier got the lone Cougars win in a field event, taking the long jump (16-1.75).
Sarah Meehan was the only other Harford winner for the girls, taking the pole vault (8-6).
Elkton dominated the boys' side of the meet, rolling to an easy victory with 162.5 points. Aberdeen was second (83), beating out Bel Air (73). The Aberdeen boys won four events. Wesley Jacobs took the 800 in 2:02.65, while teammate Derrick Bryant captured the 300 hurdles (40.55). Nigel Herouard won the discus with a throw of 124-8.
The Eagles also won the 3,200 relay (8:34.60).
Other Harford winners were Bel Air's Matt Cross (pole vault, 13-0) and Mike Ramos of North Harford (shot put, 41-2). The boys and girls were scheduled to compete in regional meets over the past few days, and the state meet is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Morgan State.
*IAAM track and field: The John Carroll girls stood in second place after the first day of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland track and field championships Wednesday at Calvert Hall. McDonogh led with 56 points, and John Carroll was next with 33. The meet was set to finish yesterday at Calvert Hall. Senior Erika Stasakova got a bad break in the 3,200, disqualified after cutting in a step or two early from the outside alley. Teammate Nicole Clarke won the race (11:34.13), edging out John Carroll's Elizabeth Tauber (11:34.53). Coach Rob Torres felt bad for Stasakova, but understood the call. "A rule is a rule," he said.
*Boys lacrosse : The Fallston boys lacrosse team didn't have much trouble this season - except with Hereford. Fallston dropped a 13-5 decision to Hereford in last Wednesday's Class 3A-2A North regional final. The Bulls came to Fallston and scored a 10-8 victory last month. Fallston scored five goals in the final two-and-a-half minutes after Hereford pulled most of their defensive starters and changed goalies with a 10-3 lead. The Cougars didn't do much better when meeting them again last week. Hereford challenged Fallston in the regular-season meeting with an aggressive defense designed to hit anything that moved. The Cougars had problems dealing with it, as the strategy disrupted their strong passing game. Joppatowne was the only Harford County team to made the state final four, routing Harford Tech, 16-8, on the same night. The Mariners were scheduled to play in the state semifinals yesterday.