freshmen Katie Harper scoring, the 400 with Mallorie Smith and Bullock scoring and the 800 helped us win the meet.”
Hall also said several freshmen scored points.
“Latavia Jackson and Adara Gamble in the 300 hurdles and also on two relays, which also included freshmen Lauryn Lewis and Harper. Freshmen Grace Moore scored in the high jump as well, adding team points. We are blessed to have 16 freshmen on our team roster this year.”
Smith, McDowell and Nueslein each won individually. Smith finished the 400 in 57.61 seconds, 27 one-hundredths of a second ahead of Bowie’s Felicia Haidara. McDowell took the 800 (2:18.68) and Nueslein won the 1,600 (5:25.05) with Calvert’s Sydney Friedel placing second (5:33.70).
“I didn’t even know that we
broke any records until Ms. Hall told us today,” McDowell said in a telephone interview with Southern Maryland Newspapers on Monday afternoon. “It was pretty exciting. It just really felt like we were running like normal. Our school record is a 2:36, so we were just trying to break that one, but we had a different relay team last year, but I believed we were still capable of breaking it.
“The big goal is to beat Bowie at the 1,600 relay. It felt good to beat them. They’re always good competition. I know one of their sprinters. Personally, I want to get back down to 2:14 in the 800 and I’m trying to hit 54 [seconds] in the 400.”
La Plata senior Lillian Reese was a triple winner, taking the 100 hurdles (14.67), the long jump (18 feet 1 inch) and the triple jump (37-2 1/4).
She was also second in the high jump (5-2). Autumn Townsend, Reese’s teammate, won the discus, tossing 113-11.
Chopticon junior Lauren Fancella
finished first in the 3,200 in 12:30.62.
Leonardtown took fourth with 72 points with La Plata in sixth with 69 followed by Chopticon in seventh with 44.50. Westlake was ninth with 20 points, Calvert tied for 10th with Friendly of Prince George’s with 15 and Stone 12th with six.
“We had many that set personal bests, too,” Raiders head coach Shawn Snyder said.
One of those personal bests was Bethany Laird, who finished seventh in the 1,600 in 5:51.21.
“It’s the only race I was running today and the best I’d ever gotten was a 5:55,” Laird said. “I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, but any improvement is better than nothing. I usually go out the first lap too fast but my dad, Chad Laird, was telling me to take the first lap slower, so I’m more consistent.”
Laird said she and her father have everything written down on paper, anticipating the meet.
“I was really nervous last night so my dad and I sat down and
planned it all out. We plans all the splits out to see what would be the fastest. I figured a 1:20 spit would be the best. My dad loves to train me. He was an Army Ranger so jumping out of planes has really busted up his knees, but we train and bike together. We’re a really active family. It’s been a good day overall.”
For the boys, Will Moten of Westlake saw some success around the track.
He won the boys 100 dash in 10.72, defeating Bowie’s Tajh Gilchrist by two one-hundredths of a second, and finished second in the 200 (21.94), 12 one-hundredths of a second behind Gilchrist.
“It was a decent run,” Moten said after the 100. “My goal time is a 10.30. It’s been like wishy washy today. I think the guy who ran the 100 finals also ran the 100 hurdles, so I think he may have been tired from that. I think he would have been more competition if he hadn’t.”
La Plata senior Miles Smith set
a new meet record in the 800 with a time of 1:55.75, breaking the old mark set in 2007 by one second, with Calvert’s Jacob Rickards in second (2:00.70). Smith also won the 1,600 in 4:32.35.
La Plata senior Alexander Devine took the shot put (56-2) and the discus (147-11). Westlake senior Jalen Elliott also set a new meet record, winning the 100 hurdles in 14.32, breaking the old mark set in 2013 by two one-hundredths of a second. He also won the 300 hurdles in 40.98, nearly a tenth of a second ahead of Largo’s Aaron Hacket.
La Plata was third as a team with 69 points followed by North Point in fifth with 60 and Leonardtown one point behind in seventh with 59.
Stone placed eighth with 37 points, while Chopticon took ninth with 36 and Calvert was 10th with 28.
Calvert’s Justin Diehl finished first in the 3,200 (10:02.70) and Chopticon’s Javon Barrett won the high jump (6-0).