More Harford champions [Editorial]

The Aegis

Another high school athletics season has come to an end in Harford County, with a number of team and individual state champions being crowned.

The spring 2018 season was one to remember for the Patterson Mill Huskies — in duplicate — as both the boys and the girls lacrosse teams won their first state championships in school history.

At the state track and field championships held Friday and Saturday at Morgan State University, the Harford Tech girls ran away, literally, with their first team title by a huge margin in Class 2A, thanks to several eye-popping individual performances.

The Cobra girls, who were led by freshman Caitlyn Bobb with individual wins in the 200 and 400 meters, junior Petronilla Onyebadi with a win in the long jump and a third in the 100 meters and junior Beyonce Kelly, who defended her title in the high jump. Bobb, Onyebadi and Kelly and freshmen Nya Ray and Courtney Logan were instrumental in helping the Cobras to wins in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays and junior Savannah Kent took second place finishes in the triple jump and 300 meter hurdles. Can you say dynasty in the making? Sure seems like it.

And, talk about domination on the track, how about another huge performance by Bel Air senior Kieran McDermott, who won both the 800 and 1600 meters in Class 3A, duplicating what he did at the 2017 state meet when Bel Air was a 4A school. Both his times Saturday were better than those posted by the 4A champions.

McDermott, who won a Penn Relays championship in the 1,600 earlier this spring and a state cross country championship last fall, also anchored the Bobcats winning 4x800 meter relay team that included Brenton Duvall, Andrew Plowman and Ethan Gray.

Also in 3A, Jessica Rogers, of C. Milton Wright, took first in the 1600, while in 1A, Patterson Mill’s Marissa Lapinsky won the 800 and teammate Ashley Betz took the 1600, adding to her fall cross country championship.

The Bel Air boys and girls lacrosse teams won regional championships, as did the C. Milton Wright softball team.

All in all, it was a tremendous spring season for Harford’s high school athletes. Congratulations to all!

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