River Hill girls run away with 2A East indoor track and field title

Behind four individual event wins and two runner-up relay finishes, the River Hill girls team took home the 2A East indoor track and field title on Friday.

The Hawks, who won their first county title since 2009 on Jan. 29, secured the region championship with 116 points. North Caroline and Kent Island came in second and third with 78 and 66 points, respectively.

Of county teams, Marriotts Ridge (31 points) came in sixth, followed by eighth-place Oakland Mills with 24 points and 10th-place Glenelg with 11 points.

“We checked a lot of the boxes that we had set, which was basically just to qualify in as many events as we can,” coach Paul Hugus said.

In total, River Hill athletes qualified for states in all seven individual track events, all three relays and the pole vault.

“There were some hits and there were some misses, but ultimately, we qualified the athletes that we wanted to,” Hugus said.

The individual winners for the Hawks included junior Sydney Robinson, who won the 55-meter dash in 7.33 seconds and the 300-meter event (41.83), and is also a state-qualifier in the 500-meter dash after a second-place result (1:21.05). Senior Jasmine Tiamfook won the 800 (2:26.60), while freshman Faith Meininger won the 1,600 in 5:25.68. Both runners won county titles in those events as well.

The trio of Robinson, Tiamfook and Meininger combined to qualify for states in eight individual events and may also run in various relays at the meet, which will be held Feb. 19 at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

Joining them at the event will be senior Olivia Island and junior Ada Beams, who finished third and sixth, respectively, in the pole vault. Island also qualified in the 55-meter hurdles with a second-place finish in 9.28.

“I mentioned her name after counties, and she was a little bit overshadowed because of the performances of Sydney and Faith and Jasmine, but Olivia Island is really coming on,” Hugus said. “She’s really dropping time like nobody’s business. She’s dropped over a full second during the course of this season [in the 55-meter hurdles], and we have another week to work with her, and I can only imagine she’s going to keep getting better.”

On the boys side, Oakland Mills (71 points) and River Hill (68.5) came in third behind Westlake (81). Hammond (27.5), Wilde Lake (19), Glenelg (8) and Marriotts Ridge (8) rounded out the county performances.

Winners of individual events included Oakland Mills senior Cameron Vereen (55-meter dash, 6.52); River Hill junior Chase McGeehan (500-meter dash, 1:09.16); Oakland Mills senior Jared Nguyen (800, 2:04.16); River Hill sophomore Anish Nanjappa (3,200, 9:49.76), Hammond senior Jordan Lomax (high jump, 6-2); Oakland Mills junior Wenler Lopez (shot put, 43-8.5).

Oakland Mills also won the 4x400-meter relay (3:39.07) and the 4x800-meter relay (8:27.59).

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