Panthers finish second at state track meet
— The Perr yville girls’ track and field team held first place into the final day of the 1A State Track and Field Championships, but was dropped from the top spot on the last day of competition.
The Panthers finished second with 98.5 points. Boonsboro won the state title with 127.
“We knew that we were going to have to put together our top performances today. We knew we were going to have to depend on other teams, too, to tr y to displace some of Boonsboro’s girls in the events that we weren’t in,”
Perryville coach Raissa Moore said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t have those performances that we needed today and Boonsboro had some better ones than we were prepared for.”
The Panthers earned 15 points in the shot put Saturday at Morgan State University, including 10 from sophomore state champion Jarah Cevis. Cevis threw 3711.5 to win the event. Freshman Emani Bell earned her team five points with a fourth- place finish on a throw of 32 feet.
“We had a lot of top finishers. We had some phenomenal performers and there were a lot of PRs for the girls,” Moore said. “Jarah Cevis, she was our top fin- isher. She threw a 37- 11, winning the shot put by eight inches. She was ranked second going into that event and Emani Bell was ranked ninth or 10th going into the shot put, she ended up fourth overall. She had a big- time push, that was really awesome.”
Cevis also placed fourth in the discus throw for five more points.
The Panthers had strong finishes in the triple jump, pole vault and 4x200 relay on Thursday.
Perryville’s 4x100 relay team of Katelyn Broughman, Christen Dodson, Jasmyn Strong and Logan Ewing placed second behind Boonsboro to secure eight points. Autumn Estep earned as many points with a second- place finish in the 300- meter hurdles. She grabbed third in the 100- meter hurdles. Brooke Doane took fourth place in the long jump on Saturday, as did Alysa Conway in the 400- meter dash.
“Autum Estep was second in the 300 hurdles, so we did have some good finishes,” Moore said. “In some other instances, we just got bumped out of medaling position.”
Bohemia Manor finished 20th on the girls’ 1A side.
The Bo Manor and Perr yville boys’ teams finished in a threeway tie for 14th place with Cambridge- South Dorchester with 19 points apiece.
Panthers senior Ben Kuhn placed third in the discus and sophomore Cage Jones took second in pole vault.
Eagles junior Jack Franceschina finished fourth in the 1600-meter run.
Elkton’s boys’ team finished 15th with 17 total points in the 2A Championships and North East came in 30th.
Indians senior Alec Preisch placed fourth in the discus throw.
Golden Elks sophomore Raiquon Estep finished second in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump.
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Perryville senior Paiton Kelly placed second in the girls’ pole vault during the 1A State Track and Field Championships at Morgan State University in Baltimore on Thursday.