Harford Tech girls, Bel Air boys vie for UCBAC outdoor track and field championships – The Baltimore Sun
When the indoor track season ended two months ago, Harford Tech coach Darrell Diamond lamented that this year’s team wasn’t up to its usual standards. But by the end of Thursday’s UCBAC Championship meet in Perryville, Diamond’s assessment has changed dramatically.
The Tech girls looked stronger than ever, as they won their fifth straight UCBAC title, their ninth in 12 years. They scored in every event, winning eight of them, to earn 153 1/2 points, 66 more than runner-up Rising Sun.
“We’re much better,” Diamond said. “More girls, more hurdlers out. This is the first time we’ve ever scored in all 18 events. Our hurdler and Madison alone scored 89 points.”
Madisyn Bobb won the 200 (26.05) and 400 (1:00.94) and finished second to Madisen Morgan in the 100 (12.70 to 12.81). Morgan also won the triple jump (34-8 1/2), ran on the winning 4×100 team with Maureen Onebady, Sidney Webb and Amma Okiri, and placed fourth in the long jump (15-6 1/2).
As for the hurdles, the top 100 points (15.60) and Destiny Baker topped 300 points (47.94). Evans placed second in the high jump (4-10) and sixth in the triple jump (32-10). Becker placed third in the triple jump (33-10), ran the winning 4×200 relay (1:49.58) with Unibadee, Oker and Kamani Anderson, and finished fifth in the 4×400. Freshman London Youngblood finished second in the shot put (32 -0 1/2).
Rising Sun scored 87 points in second place with 20 points from Caroline Mercer, who won the shot put (32-4) and discus throw (112-8).
North Harford finished in third place. Janna Amrhin won the long jump (16-7 1/2). Finlay Lavigne was second in the 400, fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200. Anna O’Leary was second in the discus throw (110-3) and third in the shot put (30-9). Korynn Sims finished third on cellar with a score of 9-0. The 4×400 team took second and the 4×200 third.
Stephanie Burns was the leading scorer for the Patterson Mill girls, who finished fourth out of 15 teams. She finished third in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the high jump, and fifth in the pole vault. The Husky 4×100 team finished second and the 4×200 team finished third.
LeAnn Rogers and Brian Dagger led Northeast to fifth. Khanjar won the high jump (5-0). Rogers was a triple winner, with 3200 (11:29.91), 1600 (5:13.06), and 800 (2:21.57). Brill Whitworth led Edgewood to a sixth-place finish with second-place finishes behind Rogers in the 1600 (5:18.94) and 800 (2:22.35).
Fallston’s Emily Atha also ran on the PR behind Rogers in the 3200 (11:32.16) and 1600 (5:19.46). Gabrielle Curriden of Fallston won the pole vault in a new personal best of 10 feet.
The Bel Air girls won the 4×800 in 10:11.60 with Kira Lowe, Gianna Dawson, Anna Kane and Terata Srisukwatananan. In the 800, Dawson led most of the way and finished third (2:23.0).
Jack Hines led the Bel-Air boys to their first UCBAC Championship since 2007. He showed a powerful kick to the finish in his third run of the meet, his 800th, and perhaps the most anticipated duel at the meet. He moved into high gear 50 meters from the finish to pass Daniel Wilson of Aberdeen. They both ran under 57 seconds on the second lap, but Haynes prevailed in 1:57.02, half a second behind Wilson. The sprinter for the 700m was Aberdeen’s Holden Cross, who ran 1:59.30.
Hynes also won the 400 in 49.47 and ran two winning stages, the 4×800 and the 4×400, setting a meet record of 3:26.33 in the latter with Charles Hammond, Sean Harisharan and Leo Dinan.
Garrett Saboy gave the Bobcats a win in the 3200 in 10:02:46, then finished second in the 1600 in 4:34.05 behind teammate Ryan Cascon (4:33.58). Cody Bazemore won the long jump with a jump of 20-8 to bring Bel Air’s points total to 142 1/2.
Harford Tech finished second, with 97 and a half points. Khoury led Rifi 1-2 in 110 hurdles (16.12) with Troy Wallace second (16.31). Matthew McGraw won the triple jump in 44-4 1/4 by nearly 4 feet and placed second in the 300 hurdles (41.65).
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Calvin Karanga finished first in the 300 hurdles, with a time of 40.11. Although it was the only winner from Edgewood, the Rams finished third among the boys’ teams. Edgewood’s 4×400 record fell at the Bel Air meet, but one noteworthy record from the Rams held, the 22-foot long jump mark. That was set in 2019 by Deonte Banks, who was selected by the New York Giants in the first round of the last NFL Draft.
Patterson Mill senior Everett Young restored the head-to-head pole vault record, raising it to 14-1, an inch better than the mark set by Northeastern’s Dean Palmer in 2015. Young also won 110 hurdles in 15.65, which is The best of his career.
Aberdeen finished fourth in boys’ team scoring. Aberdeen throwers Ricky McCall and Jehan Griffin finished second and third in the discus. Summer Edwards of the Eagles finished second in the girls’ triple jump (33-8 3/4).
Rocky Ramsland and Sydney Phillips were winners for Perryville. Ramsland made the 100 in 11.11, and Phillips shot 47-7. Perryville finished fifth as a team.
CM Wright’s Landon Krebs finished second in the 100 but came back later in the meet to win the 200 second race in 22.44 and win the 4×200 with teammates Luciano Higgins, Matt Lock and Thomas McNaught. CMW finished sixth among boy teams.
For Havre de Grace, the high jump was won by Meshach Cochran (6-0), and in the girls’ 200 Jamaela Stansbury finished second in 26.19; She finished third in the percentile at 12.88.
Other winners were Northeast’s Jacob Blankenship, discus thrower (130-6); and the Elkton 4×100 Team (43.91).