Ripped away

North­ern girls claim 3A South meet ti­tle over H-town af­ter Oxon Hill wins ap­peal; St. Charles boys fin­ish in sixth place

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­ Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

When the fe­male mem­bers of the Hunt­ing­town High School out­door track and field team de­parted West­lake High School on Satur­day morn­ing af­ter the de­layed con­clu­sion to the Class 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships, the Hur­ri­canes cel­e­brated their one-point vic­tory over North­ern. It had van­ished, how­ever, 48 hours later.

Hunt­ing­town had ac­tu­ally trailed North­ern by 19 points head­ing into the fi­nal event of the day, the girls shot put which had been post­poned when storms ar­rived at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithers­burg two days ear­lier. When the Hur­ri­canes’ El­iz­a­beth Di­a­mond, Sierra But­ler and Sa­man­tha Bolin fin­ished first, third and fifth, re­spec­tively, their col­lec­tive sum of 20 points vaulted them past North­ern for the team ti­tle.

“When the girls left West­lake on Satur­day morn­ing, we thought we had enough points to win the re­gion ti­tle,” said Hunt­ing­town head coach Va­lerie Har­ring­ton, whose team de­parted West­lake to cel­e­brate their fourth straight re­gion ti­tle and sixth in the last seven years. “By my cal­cu­la­tions we had won by one point. All of the points, even from fifth and sixth place, add up and they all count.”

Hunt­ing­town had been awarded two ex­tra points be­lat­edly when a pair of Oxon Hill re­lays were dis­qual­i­fied for ros­ter vi­o­la­tions, but the Clip­pers ap­pealed both dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions which left the of­fi­cial re­sults in limbo un­til late Mon­day night. Oxon Hill won its ap­peal and the two re­lays were re­in­stated and Hunt­ing­town re­ceived two fewer points, giv­ing North­ern a one-point vic­tory. The fi­nal

team scores were at press time.

“I think the rule is pretty clear on the ros­ter vi­o­la­tions, it’s a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion,” Har­ring­ton said. “I un­der­stand they would want to ap­peal so that those re­lays could com­pete in states, but the rules is pretty cut and dry. I was proud of both the girls and the boys. Sa­man­tha and Sierra and Har­leigh [White] and El­iz­a­beth did a great job in all of their events.”

But­ler won the dis­cus (113 feet 10 inches) and the high jump (5-0) and White won the triple jump (37-8 1/4) and the long jump (17-2). Di­a­mond won the shot put (37-4) and was third in the dis­cus, be­hind team­mates But­ler and Bolin, while White was also third in both the 100 and the 200.

North­ern head coach Josh Daw­son com­mended the ef­forts of his girls, who again dom­i­nated most of the dis­tance events.

Se­nior Molly Bar­rick won the 3,200 (11 min­utes 26.81 sec­onds) and placed third in the 800 and 1,600. Ju­nior Sarah Deresky was se­cond in the 800 and 1,600, while ju­nior Abby Sweeney was se­cond in the


3,200 and fourth in the 1,600. Jas­mine Hol­land was se­cond in the long jump and the triple jump.

“I know we’ve done re­ally well in both the boys and girls dis­tance events all year,” said Daw­son, whose girls team ended Hunt­ing­town’s three­year reign as re­gion cham­pi­ons by a sin­gle point. “But I like to think that we have one of the best track pro­grams in the area, not just dis­tance spe­cial­ists. Molly and Abby both qual­i­fied for four events at states this week­end.”

Bar­rick, Sweeney and Clau­dia Dolan com­pleted a one-twothree sweep of the 3,200, while Great Mills se­nior Annie Imhof set­tled for fourth. But Imhof, who is headed to the U.S. Naval Academy this fall, cap­tured the 800 (2:23.05) and the 1,600 (5:08.35) and now heads to the 3A state cham­pi­onships, which are sched­uled for Fri­day and Satur­day at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more, with a le­git­i­mate chance at win­ning two more ti­tles there.

“In the 1,600 were were only go­ing about a 5:12 split through the first 800,” Imhof said. “We re­ally picked it up the last 800.

Nor­mally you don’t see too many neg­a­tive splits in those longer races, but that’s typ­i­cally how those North­ern girls train to run, so I was just ac­ing them. But we re­ally picked it up the last 400 and last 200.”

St. Charles also had a good show­ing among the girls. Jas­mine Mann was se­cond in the 300 and team­mate Christina Mar­ion was third in that event and third in the long jump. Nia Fran­cois was fourth in the 400. The Spar­tans placed se­cond in the 1,600 re­lay and fifth in the 800 re­lay.

Among the boys squads, Oxon Hill eas­ily pre­vailed with 178 points, fol­lowed by Blake of Mont­gomery County (121.5). Hunt­ing­town took third (118.5), while North­ern (78.5) was fourth, Great Mills (64) fifth and St. Charles (35) sixth.

St. Charles’ Kieran Booker fin­ished se­cond in the 800 and the Spar­tans took se­cond in the 3,200 re­lay.

Great Mills’ Mar­cus Smith (10.98) won the 100 and Yann Zeba later won the 200 (22.74). The Hor­nets also took se­cond in the 400 re­lay and placed fourth in the 800.

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