Ruffin, Estep power Elks to Susquehanna Division crown
Elkton’s Zyphere Ruffin placed first in the 200-meter dash with a score of 22.69 seconds and captured the top score in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.73 seconds, while his teammate, Raiquon Estep, won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.28 seconds and took first in the triple jump at 39-11.5. Ray Johsnon rounded out the Elks’ individual championships by placing first in the pole vault at 10-06.
Ruffin, Estep, Dimond Cordell and Peter Olakunle combined to win the 4x100meter relay with a time of 45.11 seconds.
“That’s one of the better performances I’ve seen from them in the past few years,” Elkton coach Paul Riggio said. “I started practice [the next day] by making an effort to let them know how proud I am for their effort the entire meet. Everybody knew how important it was to go out there and compete. They scratched and clawed to get just one point and it was great to see.”
Additionally for Elkton, Olakunle (100-meter dash) and Jashaun Stalk (400-meter dash) both took third place, Kyair Cook added a second-place result in the high jump and third-place result in the 100-meter hurdles and George Davis ended with a second-place finish in the pole vault.
The victory follows a triumph at the Cecil County Invitational last week when the Elks edged Rising Sun by just three points. On Tuesday, Elkton topped the sixth-place Tigers by 49 points.
“It was great performance, especially with what we did at the Cecil Invite,” Riggio said. “To see such a big improvement and to see how much we were able to improve in just a week shows how much work and effort they placed into [Tuesday].”
North East swept the top three spots in the boys’ shot put, including a first-place finish from Alec Preisch (4006.5), who also took the top score in the discus at 129.05. The Indians also earned a second-place result from Nathan Galloway in the 1,600-meter run and a second-place score from Kobie Matthews in the 100-meter dash.
The 4x200-meter relay team placed second and both the 4x100 and 4x400meter relay squads ended third for North East.
Rising Sun girls place 2nd
The Rising Sun girls’ track and field team was one of only two teams Tuesday to score over 100 points, finishing with 103 and finishing in second behind North Harford, which earned 149.5.
Danielle Lee took the only gold medal for the Tigers after she won the 800-meter run at 2:33.82, while Kiona Brady added a second-place result in the triple jump and Mikaela Berg (200-meter dash) and Julia Hermann (1,600-meter run) both earned third place.
The Tigers also received a second-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay.
Tara Brown captured first place in the long jump (1404.75) and the high jump (4-10) and Makayla Peterson won the 200-meter dash (28.20) and the 400-meter dash (1:04.90) for Elkton, which earned fourth place with 96 points.
Alexis Ritchie won the 100-meter dash at 17.84, Niya Khanjar captured the pole vault at 7-00 and Sarah Kubat took first in both the shot put (30-07) and the discus (91-08) for North East, which placed fifth with 87.5 points.
UCBAC Softball Indians upend Huskies
North East defeated host Patterson Mill 10-3 in Susquehanna Division softball action on Wednesday.
Paige Yedinak (run) went 3-4 with three RBIs, while both Molly Dill and Morgan Sargent (RBI) added two hits and three runs scored for the Indians (9-2 overall, 9-0 division), who received two hits, including a double, four RBIs and a run scored from Jess Choplinsky.
From the circle, Choplinsky threw a complete game, giving up one earned run on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
The Huskies fall to 5-7 overall and 5-4 in the lower division. Panthers tame Mustangs
Perryville topped host C.M. Wright 10-0 in five innings Wednesday in Chesapeake Division softball action to remain undefeated on the season.
Ashley Meekins went 2-3 with four RBIs and Jordyn Reese added two hits and two RBIs for the Panthers (12-0 overall, 9-0 division), who received RBIs from Ellen Little and Amber Keene.
Mara Little picked up the victory from the circle, allowing one hit with four strikeouts for the victory.
The Mustangs fall to 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the upper division.
Eagles beat Bobcats
Bohemia Manor defeated visiting Bel Air 12-0 in five innings in Chesapeake Division softball action on Wednesday.
Megan Horsey (run, RBI) went 3-3, Anna Tidaback (two runs) finished 3-4 and Kayla McNeal drove in four runs for the Eagles (9-3 overall, 6-3 division), who received two hits each from Morgan Mullin (run), Zoe Lockwood (triple, two runs), Taylor Abshagen (two runs, RBI) and Melinda Morgan (two runs, RBI).
From the circle, Abshagen threw a complete game, allowing one hit with three strikeouts.
The Bobcats fall to 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the upper division.
Tigers edged by Hawks
Rising Sun fell to North Harford 5-1 in Chesapeake Division softball action on Wednesday.
Paige Bradford went 2-3 with a double and a run scored and Alexa Hull added an RBI single, while Ally Bradford, Kelly Porte and Reagan Connell all added a hit for the Tigers (5-6 overall, 2-6 division).
From the circle, Connell allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
The Hawks fall to 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the upper division.
Elkton senior Kyair Cook placed second in the high jump and third place in the 100-meter hurdles to help his team to 129 total points and the top score on the boys’ side during the Susquehanna Division Championships at Havre de Grace on Tuesday.