Shin­ing in the sun

Stone track and field picks up wins

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWAL­TER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @tam­lyn­nusa

Track and field ath­letes have com­peted in the snow and rain so far dur­ing the 2016 spring cam­paign, but Tues­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence quad meet at Chop­ti­con High School was a re­fresh­ing turn­around.

The Braves hosted their se­nior day against Hunt­ing­town, North­ern and Thomas Stone with tem­per­a­tures in the 70s and the sun shin­ing.

The Hunt­ing­town boys had no is­sues against their op­po­nents, de­feat­ing all three hand­ily to move to 9-0 SMAC/over­all. The Hur­ri­canes beat North­ern 95.66-41.33, Stone 9443 and Chop­ti­con 115-22. North­ern (5-2-1) picked up two wins, 72-65 over the Cougars and 96-40 over the Braves. Stone (5-2) got a vic­tory in a 78-54 vic­tory over Chop­ti­con (2-6).

Hunt­ing­town se­nior Makiyah Gor­man won the 110-meter hur­dles with a time of 15.87 sec­onds. Gor­man said he knew his team­mate Drew Boone was right there with him in the 110 event.

“I was just try­ing to beat him out at least,” Gor­man said. “This is the first race for me to­day. For the 300, I want to stay un­der 42 [sec­onds].”

Gor­man went on to ac­com­plish that goal with a time of 40.74 in the 300 hur­dles. Hunt­ing­town’s boys also won the 400 (44.24) and 800 (1 minute 32.48 sec­onds) re­lays.

Hunt­ing­town picked up three wins in field events. Adam Kin­der won the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet 4 1/2 inches. Robert Meador took the shot put (50-10) and Christo­pher Alexy fin­ished first in the dis­cus (135-3).

North­ern’s Matt Ben­nett cap­tured win in the 800 (2:02.64, eight-tenths of a sec­ond ahead of Hunt­ing­town’s Michael Pet­ti­ford) and 1,600 (4:26.52) runs, while team­mate Char­lie Sweeney took home the win in the 3,200 (9:59.96). Sweeney, Ja­cob Deresky, Michael Metler and Dy­lan Weam­ert teamed up to win the 3,200 re­lay (8:32.00).

Ben­nett said he has big goals set for the post­sea­son.

“It’s kind of a thin track. It felt a lit­tle weird,” Ben­nett said. “We tried to do a fast mile to­day. I did all right. I guess I kind of slowed down a lit­tle in the sec­ond half. I’ve got one more in­vite [to run] and SMAC, re­gion­als and states to think about. Hon­estly I’d like to win two more state cham­pi­onships in the mile and two-mile.”

Ben­nett said he has his radar on South Hager­stown two-mile com­peti­tor Dar­ren Har­mon.

“We were neck and neck at the in­door [state meet].” Ben­nett said. Har­mon came away with the win that day.

Stone’s Justin Greene won two events, the 200 and 400 dashes. Greene fin­ished the 200 in 22.33 and took the 400 in 50.87, de­feat­ing Gor­man by over a sec­ond in the 400. The Cougars’ 1,600 re­lay quar­tet of Billy Burch, Alec Del­cam­bre, Kyle Robin­son-Jor­dan and Michael Mc­Graw fin­ished first in 3:43.14.

Hunt­ing­town’s Da­jon Wise­man ran a 10.59 in the 100 dash, edg­ing Chop­ti­con’s Bran­don Black­well by 19 one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond. Black­well did pick up a win in the long jump (20-3 1/2). North­ern’s Mike Wil­liams took the high jump (6-0).

On the girls side, North­ern picked up the sweep to go to 7-1 on the sea­son. The Pa­tri­ots got past Hunt­ing­town 69-68, and beat Stone 126-10 and Chop­ti­con 97-39. Hunt­ing­town (63) notched two wins, 112-15 over the Cougars and 98-34 over the Braves. Chop­ti­con (2-6) was a win­ner, de­feat­ing Stone (3-4) 72-34.

Hunt­ing­town ju­nior Har­leigh White wasn’t to­tally happy with her jumps at the meet de­spite be­ing a quadru­ple win­ner on the day. She won the 100 (12.26, three-tenths of a sec­ond over team­mate Jor­dyn Tay­lor), 200 (25.48), 400 (59.78, six-tenths of a sec­ond over Stone’s Mone’t Peter­son) and the long jump (16-4 1/2).

“I’m feel­ing tired to­day, but I’m sat­is­fied with my per­for­mance,” White said. “I didn’t even know I was go­ing to run the 400 un­til to­day. ... I have Penn Re­lays next week­end and I’m triple jump­ing there and this week­end I have an in­vi­ta­tional at Riverdale Bap­tist that I’m also triple jump­ing at. Well, in SMAC I’m look­ing for Lil­lian Reese, she’s my long jump com­pe­ti­tion and with triple jump there’s a fresh­man from North­west and Clarks­burg, they’re my big­gest com­pe­ti­tion in Mary­land.”

North­ern had a clean sweep in the dis­tance events. Sarah Deresky won the 800 (2:26.35), while Adri­anna Wilder took the 1,600 (5:27.06) and 3,200 (12:03.19) with team­mate Molly Bar­rick fin­ish­ing sec­ond in both events.

“It’s a smaller meet and I’m in a lot of events to­day so my goal was to take it like a nice, hard work­out,” Wilder said. “Just push my­self for ev­ery event. My team­mate Molly pushed me. She pushes me ev­ery day in train­ing.”

Hunt­ing­town’s Eri­anna Gudger was a win­ner in the 100 hur­dles (15.66), while Chop­ti­con’s Shelby John­son (48.42) de­feated Gudg- er by seven-tenths of a sec­ond to take the 300 hur­dles.

“I felt like I could have ran faster,” John­son said of the 100 event. “My blocks, I’m work­ing on them. I feel like I need to get bet­ter at them. Some­times my foot will get a lit­tle stuck with my spikes but aside from that, I just felt slow.”

North­ern won three re­lays, edg­ing Hunt­ing­town in two of them, and Chop­ti­con won the 400 re­lay over the Hur­ri­canes.

Hunt­ing­town’s Kait­lyn Hinds took the high jump (5-0) and team­mate Sa­man­tha Bolin claimed the dis­cus (93-11). North­ern’s Jas­mine Hol­land was a win­ner in the triple jump (32-0 1/2) and Chop­ti­con’s Sade Her­bert claimed the shot put (35-0).

STAFF PHOTO BY TAMMY SHOWAL­TER

Thomas Stone’s Imani Bur­ton hands the ba­ton off to team­mate Jaila Jones in the 400-meter re­lay in Tues­day’s SMAC quad-meet at Chop­ti­con High School that also in­cluded Hunt­ing­town and North­ern.

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