Fin­ish­ing in the top five

North Point girls sec­ond, boys fifth in 4A East track and field meet

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­ Twit­ter: @SOMDhab­s­fan

South­ern Mary­land track and field ath­letes left an in­deli­ble mark at the Class 4A East Re­gion track and field cham­pi­onships Thurs­day and Satur­day at North County High School in Glen Burnie.

Leonard­town, Chop­ti­con and North Point crowned seven re­gional cham­pi­ons and the boys and girls com­bined to place an ath­lete in the top-six in 30 of 34 to­tal events. The three teams also com­bined to put 53 ath­letes in the top-six. The three teams com­bined have 37 state qual­i­fiers.

Sev­erna Park of Anne Arun­del County won the boys meet with 102 points while Leonard­town placed fourth with 67. North Point took fifth spot with 57 points and Chop­ti­con fin­ished 10th with 41 points.

“My young men went out there and ran their hearts out,” North Point boys head coach Keith Mitchell said of his team, of which more than half are fresh­men.

In the girls meet, Old Mill of Anne Arun­del took the team ti­tle with 116.50 points. North Point placed sec­ond with 91 points, a half-point ahead of Sev­erna Park. Leonard­town grabbed fourth (81 points) and Chop­ti­con snagged 10th place (30).

The 4A state cham­pi­onships will be held at 4 p.m. Fri­day and 11 a.m. Satur­day at Mor­gan State Univer­sity.

“I am thrilled [how we did a re­gion­als],” North Point head girls coach De­bra Hall said, “and I’m thrilled about the up­com­ing state meet. We’re send­ing two [ath­letes] in each event and if each of them can score, we ex­pect to do well at the state meet this week­end.”

In the boys meet, the Ea­gles crowned two cham­pi­ons as Dar­rien McIn­tosh won the 400-me­ter dash (50.35 sec­onds, 1 one-hun­dredth of a sec­ond ahead of Leonard­town’s Matthew Baker) and team­mate Joshua Smith took home top hon­ors in the dis­cus (129 feet 3 inches). McIn­tosh also fin­ished fourth in the 200 (23.18).

Mel­ton Camp­bell added a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the 100 hur­dles (15.03) and was third in the 300 hur­dles (40.42). Brax­ton Ham­mock was run­ner-up in the 300 hur­dles in a time of 39.08, six one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond be­hind Arun­del’s Nigel Mills. Ken­del Ham­mock added a fourt­hand a fifth place fin­ish in the 100 hur­dles (15.64) and 300 hur­dles (41.67), re­spec­tively.

“To have three of my se­niors make it to the state meet makes me re­ally proud that I was able to come in my first year and not take any­thing away from them but to help them,” Mitchell said of state qual­i­fiers Camp­bell, MacIn­tosh, Smith and the Ham­mocks. Ken­del Ham­mock is the team’s lone fresh­man qual­i­fier.

Leonard­town’s Evan Broad­head won gold for his height of 5 feet in the high jump.

“He cleared 6 [feet] once this year so we know he’s one of the fa­vorites to con­tend for the [state] ti­tle,” Leonard­town head coach Shawn Sny­der said. “Ev­ery­one got stuck at 5-10 and he made it with misses.”

Ethan Aus was sec­ond in the shot put (47-3 1/2) and dis­cus (126-9) and Chris Bra­ganca was fifth in the triple jump (38-5).

“He’s def­i­nitely one we thought would make it to states in the shot and dis­cus,” said Sny­der, who added Aus im­proved his throw in the shot by three feet. “He was ca­pa­ble of it. We saw it in prac­tice, but he just hadn’t put it to­gether in a meet and he fi­nally put it to­gether.”

Bran­don Black­well led Chop­ti­con with three top­six fin­ishes. Black­well was sec­ond in the long jump (22-1), third in the 100 (11.41) and took sixth in the 200 (23.27). Isa­iah Smith was fourth in the high jump (5-10) and Tyler Mo­drze­jew­eski placed fifth in the 1,600 (4:30.40) and 3,200 (10:13.83).

On the girls side, Leonard­town crowned two cham­pi­ons as An­gel-Leigh Sewell (dis­cus, 104-3 1/2) and its 3,200 re­lay team of Raquel Drexel, Liana Foian­ini, Tyra Coun­tiss and Lo­rina Cle­mence (9:50.05) each came away with vic­to­ries.

“That’s what she’s been do­ing all year,” Sny­der said. “She out­did her­self in the shot put and pulled one out.”

The Raiders came close to adding a third ti­tle in the

800 re­lay when the quar­tet of Katie Kelly, Cle­mence, Re­nee Nosko and Leya Es­sex fin­ished in 1:44.93 but were nipped at the line by Old Mill (1:44.58).

Sewell also added a sec­on­dand a third-place fin­ish in the shot put (32-4) and triple jump (33-11), re­spec­tively. Foian­ini placed third in the 800 (2:22.60) and 3,200 (12:06.41) and Asha Gaines jumped 5-0 to place third in the high jump. Es­sex was fourth in the 200 in 26.31. The 1,600 re­lay team of Foian­ini, Nosko, Syd­ney For­rest and Cle­mence was fourth (4:08.78) and the 400 re­lay team of Kelly, Nosko, Leah Gough and For­rest was fifth (52.38).

“We have a good core group of girls that mesh well in the re­lays and they just did an out­stand­ing job,” Sny­der said. “I def­i­nitely think that was one of our strengths this year and yeah, I’m ex­cited to see what they can do at the state meet. I just think with the sprint re­lays we can tweak and get the hand­offs a lit­tle bit bet­ter. I know the girls’ hand­off wasn’t so smooth but other than that just keep them loose and keep them healthy.”

Mal­lo­rie Smith was crowned cham­pion in the 200 af­ter clock­ing 25.63, barely ahead of run­ner-up Jee’vonya Clark of Old Mill (26.07). The roles were re­versed for Smith in the 400 when she clocked 58.54, just over a half of a sec­ond be­hind win­ner Emily Knight of Glen Burnie.

Kyra Miller (100, 12.70), Rachel Nueslein (3,200, 11:36.84) and the 400 re­lay team of Adara Gamble, Miller, Eve Moten and Car­men Hen­der­son (51.30, one one-hun­dredth of a sec­ond ahead of run­ner-up An­napo­lis) each placed sec­ond.

“She’s seeded sec­ond in the mile,” Hall said of Nueslein’s state place­ment, “and we ex­pect her to score some points there as well.”

The 1,600 re­lay team of Miller, Lau­ryn Lewis, Katie Harper and Ken­drah Bul­lock fin­ished first in 4:03.44. Miller (200, 26.12), Nueslein (1,600, 5:18.66), Bul­lock (400, 1:00.03) and the 800 re­lay team of Lewis, Moten, Latavia Jack­son and Harper (1:46.34) each added a third-place fin­ish.

Sade Her­bert claimed a re­gional ti­tle for Chop­ti­con when she hurled the shot put 35 feet even. She was third in the dis­cus with a toss of 91 feet even. Shelby John­son was third in the 100 (12.97) and fourth in the 300 hur­dles (48.17).

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