Despite Cimino, Hereford falls short

The Baltimore Sun

LANDOVER -Jenna Cimino tried to push No. 3 Hereford to a Class 3A state indoor track and field title last night, but the Bulls girls came up a little short.

Cimino won two events and ran on two more point-scoring relays to help Hereford finish second in the state championship meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. Paint Branch edged the Bulls by three points to take the title.

Paint Branch (54) rallied late in the meet to win the 800- and 1,600-meter relays - two of the night's last three events - to beat Hereford (51) and No. 5 Western (45).

Cimino won the 800 (2 minutes, 21.40 seconds) and 1,600 (5:15.94). She also ran on the 3,200 relay team that finished second to No. 5 Western (9:39.81) and a fifth-place 1,600 relay. She had a hand in 30 of the team's 51 points.

"She was definitely a key factor that enabled us to come in second," Hereford coach Sam Bowen said. "It reflected her training and her talent and mental toughness."

No. 5 Western won a pair of relays and got a record-breaking effort from Danielle Douglas in the 500.

Western won the 3,200 relay (9:39.81), and Douglas set a Class 3A record in the 500 (1:15.86). But she still finished second to another record setter, Xauddina Whittington from Catonsville (1:15.24). Whittington also won the 300 in 39.94.

The No. 7 Atholton boys also took second in Class 3A. Westlake also used some late points in relays to pull away for a 65-49 victory.

Atholton got strong efforts in the distance races, getting a first and second from Graham Bazell (4:23.28) and Chris Wunsch in the 1,600. Michael Lynch then gave the Raiders a victory in the 3,200 (9:25.53), beating Bazell by more than 14 seconds and erasing his state record from two years ago (9:30.06).

Gaithersburg and Thomas Johnson tied for the Class 4A boys title, and Eleanor Roosevelt easily won the girls championship.

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