Splitting with the competition
St. Charles track and field beats McDonough during tri-meet at H-town
Despite cold and rainy temperatures that eventually halted the meet, the Huntingtown boys track and field team sewed up the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference regular season dual meet title with convincing wins on senior night over visiting St. Charles and McDonough on Tuesday.
The Hurricanes (13-0) won 13 of 14 events — the 800-meter run and 800 and 1,600 relays were not contested due to inclement weather — on their way to a 105-12 win over McDonough and a 106-10 victory over St. Charles. The Spartans (6-7) earned the split by virtue of their 3930 win over fellow Charles County competitor McDonough (1-12).
“I’m very pleased with the boys,” Huntingtown head coach Valerie Harrington said. “They’ve been working hard all year and I feel like we’ve got kids in every event so it’s always nice when it’s a total team effort when you win week after week. I also know that the [upcoming] SMAC championship meet is a completely different thing because it’s everybody together so the points go very differently.”
The Huntingtown girls (10-3) kept pace with the boys team as they won 12 events on their way to convincing wins over the Rams, 113-0, and Spartans, 9618. St. Charles (6-7) again earned the split decision following its 55-9 victory over the Rams (0-13).
“We did all right,” St. Charles head coach Chris McAllister said. “With it being the end of the season we’re just trying to fine-tune all of our events. I’m extremely happy; they’ve been improving over the last few weeks. They’re starting to get the finer points of running; good block work, good starts, good driving.”
The meet was held in gray, gloomy conditions and was eventually called at 5:45 p.m. when rain began falling heavily and thunder began booming just a few miles away.
“It was a good day until the rains came,” Harrington said.
In the boys meet, Huntingtown placed 29 of 35 athletes in the top three of events — there were just two competitors in the triple jump — and was led by triple winner Makiyah Gorman. The senior won the 400 dash (52.9 seconds) and the 110 hurdles (15.8) and 300 hurdles (41.9).
“He had a good day,” Harrington said of Gorman. “Senior year, running strong so looking forward to seeing what happens at SMAC, regions and states.”
Dajon Wiseman (100, 11.1; 200, 23.1), Adam Kinder (long jump, 17 feet 8 1/2 inches; triple jump, 38-6) and Robert Meador (shot put, 50-0 1/2; discus, 138-4) each captured two events.
Wiseman added a second-place finish in the long jump and Kinder was third in the 100. Colin Flynn captured the 1,600 (4 minutes 45 seconds) and Ben Russell took home the 3,200 in 10:28.0 and was second in the 1,600.
Christopher Alexy was runner-up in the shot put and discus. Twenty Hurricanes managed at least a top-three finish.
The Spartans were led by DaMario Carroll, who was second in both the 100 and 200, while Travis Clark turned in a second-place finish in the 400 and added a third-place finish in the 200.
“He’s been working hard on his 100,” McAllister said of Carroll. “He got a [time of] 11.2 so he’s getting right around breaking 11 [seconds], so were hoping to see that happen in the next few weeks.”
Avaughn Holley of McDonough was the only non-Hurricane to win an event when he jumped 5-10 to snag the high jump title. Teammate Ricardo Oliva was third in the 400.
In the girls meet, Huntingtown’s Harleigh White captured three events with wins in the 100 (12.7), long jump (16-2 1/2) and was the only competitor in the triple jump (35-0). Teammate Samantha Bolin swept the throwing events when she claimed the shot put (33-6) and discus (108-2).
Savanna Ligsay (1,600, 6:21.9), Maitlin Greiner (3,200, 13:37.9) and Erianna Gudger (100 hurdles, 15.9) each won one event. Gudger also placed second in the 300 hurdles.
Trinytee Jacobs had topthree finishes in the 100 and 300 hurdles and long jump and Kiarali Bracero took second in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. Eighteen Hurricanes managed at least a third-place finish.
“We had some kids that we were kind of working on times and it wasn’t the best weather to try and get the best times, but I thought the girls did a nice job in the throwing events,” Harrington said of the shot and discus, in which Hurricanes placed 1 through 5 in each event. “And the high jump went well and we had some times in the distance races that some individual kids bettered their times.”
The Spartans were led by single winners Brianne Gunn (200, 28.1), Nia Francois (400, 1:02.0) and Madisyn Clark (high jump, 5-0). Francois added a runner-up finish in the 200 and Ma’Kayla Handy took third in the 200.
“She broke five feet so she’ll be a great asset for us in the coming weeks,” McAllister said of Clark.
Joyah Magee posted the highest finish for the Rams when she placed seventh in the discus. Cheyenne Johnson was ninth in the 100 and 12th in the 200 and Jasmine Garner placed 10th in the 100.
“I think the key will be building off all the confidence that our younger athletes have really gained over the last few weeks and knowing they’ve improved and that they can run with these older males and females,” McAllister said of the keys for St. Charles at the upcoming SMAC and regional meets.
McDonough head coach Carlos Bell was unable to be reached for comment.
Huntingtown’s Richard Alston, left, and McDonough’s Noah Wiley take a turn during the 200-meter dash in Tuesday’s tri-meet at Huntingtown that also included St. Charles. Wiley placed 13th and Alston finished 16th.
St. Charles’ Onieka Duncan, right, takes the baton from teammate Brianne Gunn during Tuesday’s track and field meet at Huntingtown that also included McDonough.