Split­ting with the com­pe­ti­tion

St. Charles track and field beats McDonough dur­ing tri-meet at H-town

Maryland Independent - - Sports B - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @SOMDhab­s­fan

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.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY MICHAEL REID

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.

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