Franklin girls repeat as 3A indoor track champs; Reservoir boys, Severna Park girls second
By Jeff Seidel
For The Baltimore Sun|
Feb 20, 2018 at 11:05 PM
LANDOVER — The Franklin girls used depth and the trio of Nyjari McNeil, Tylar Colbert and Cameron Hinton to win last year’s indoor track and field state championship meet. They did it again this year, with some extra help from Jasmine Johnson.
That group of four performers helped the Indians rally and then hold off Northern-Calvert to repeat as Class 3A champion Tuesday night at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
Last year, Franklin ralliedto beat out Urbana by seven points. It wasn’t easy this year either, as the Indians pulled away late and finished with 72.5 points to defeat Northern-Calvert (51).
Franklin clinched the title before the final event — which it then won — and now has captured the state title three times in the past four years, as it beat Milford Mill by two points for the 2015 Class 3A crown.
“I’m ecstatic,” Franklin coach Paul Hannsen said. “We had to battle, [and] we battled the whole day.”
“I think it instills a lot of confidence,” she said. “It [tells] people [they can] do well.”
The Reservoir boys came close in Class 3A, but the Gators finished one point short as Linganore held on, 54-53. Kai Muniz led the way for Reservoir with victories in the 800 (1:59.02) and 1,600 (4:31.49).
Severna Park’s girls also finished second. The Falcons ended up with 49 points in Class 4A, four behind victorious Walter Johnson.
Emily Knight had a big night for Severna Park. She won 500 in 1:15.74 and took the 800 in 2:20.11 as the Falcons were trying for their first state title in 41 years.
The Dulaney boys led for a while in the latter stages of the meet, but the Lions couldn’t hold on and finished third (41.5 points). Northwest won for a fifth straight year with 52 points while Wise took second with 43. Dulaney got a victory from Josiah Nilsen in the high jump (6-6).
Northeast’s Davon Carroll came just short of winning two state titles at last year’s outdoor state championships, coming agonizingly close in both the 100 meters and as the anchor leg in the 800-meter relay while winning the 200-meter dash.
By Ryan Morse
Feb 20, 2018 at 9:00 PM
Team scores (top 5): 1. Walter Johnson, 53; 2. Severna Park, 49; 3. Northwest, 46; 4. Urbana, 38; 5. Wise, 34.
3,200-meter relay: 1. South River, 9:37.03; 2. W. Johnson, 9:52.09; 3. Whitman, 9:56.91.