McDonough, North Point track shine at regionals
Multiple winners at 4A East, 1A North region meets
Southern Maryland Athletic Conference teams and athletes performed well Thursday and Saturday at the Class 4A East Region track and field championships at North County High School in Glen Burnie and at the Class 1A North Region championships at Kent Island High School.
In the 4A East competition, Leonardtown and North Point finished in the top five in boys and girls team standings.
The Raiders took third in boys with 80 points, with North Point right behind in fourth with 71. Chopticon was 11th with 27. Broadneck of Anne Arundel County was the winner with 93 points.
In girls, Old Mill of Anne Arundel County took the top spot with 121 points, with North Point finishing fourth (84) and Leonardtown in fifth (68). The Braves were 11th with 12 points.
Leonardtown won five events as did North Point.
Raiders senior Ethan Aus finished first in the shot put and discus. Aus threw 47 feet 11 inches to edge Old Mill’s Noah Jorden in the shot put by two inches, then tossed 150-4 1/2 in the discus while North Point’s Joshua Smith and Chopticon’s Zachary Wolfe took second and third, respectively.
Aus’ senior teammate Evan Broadhead claimed the region title in the high jump (6-0) with Chopticon’s Isaiah Smith taking third.
Leonardtown’s girls team claimed two relays, winning the 800 in 1 minute 43.82 seconds, nearly seven-tenths of a second over Old Mill, and the 1,600 (4:00.35) by almost two seconds over North Point.
Other top finishers for the Raiders included the boys 3,200 relay placing second, AJ Martin taking third in the boys 400, Liana Foianini finishing third in the girls 800 and the girls 400 relay placing third.
Two of the Eagles’ five region titles came from senior Mallorie Smith.
Smith and Leonardtown junior Leya Essex went down to the wire in the 200-meter dash with Smith coming across in 24.70, one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Essex.
Smith’s other win came in the 400 dash (56.50), just over a half-second ahead of Severna Park’s Emily Knight.
Carmen Henderson battled Essex to the end in the 100 dash with the North Point sophomore winning by three one-hundredths of a second (12.50). North Point’s girls also claimed the 400 relay region title (49.24).
Kendel Hammock won for the North Point boys in the 110 hurdles (15.05) while placing second in the 300 hurdles.
Other top finishers for the Eagles included James Warner taking third in the boys long jump and Shanell Erhunmwunse placing third in the girls triple jump.
For Chopticon, Tyler Modrzejewski was fourth in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600, while Maeci Curtis took fourth in the shot put and discus.
Rams take home 1A North titles
In the 1A North competition, McDonough senior Breanna Perry won three events as the girls team placed sixth as a team with 47 points. Perryville of Cecil County was the team champion with 163.50 points.
Perry was first in the 100 dash (12.54), 200 dash (25.91) and long jump (165 3/4). She was also part of the 800 relay that finished fourth with Alliayah Ottley, Cheyenne Johnson and Jordan Parker.
Joyah Magee had two fourth-place finishes in the shot put and discus.
The boys team finished ninth in the team standings with 36 points with Bohemia Manor of Cecil County winning the team title with 142.
The Rams had two region champions as senior Brant Butler won the 110 hurdles (15.32) and junior Jonathan Thompson claimed the title in the discus (118-04). Thompson also finished second in the shot put.