Doubled up: Eastern Tech’s Baranoski takes home two state titles
The gold rush continued for Taylor Baranoski of Eastern Tech on Monday at the Class 2A indoor track championships.
Baranoski won the state championship in the 1,600-meter run and the 800-meter run at bthe Prince George’s County SportsPlex.
Those two gold medals are added to the ones he brought home from last spring’s state track and field championships (1,600 meters) and the Class 2A state cross country championships.
Adding to that haul are the Class 2A Central Regional titles in the 1,600 and 800 meters Baranoski won last week.
Baranoski blew open the 1,600-meter run at Monday’s Class 2A state championships, winning by nearly 11 seconds over runner-up Jay Hall of Westlake.
Baranoski finished in 4:19.71, while Hall finished in 4:30.01. Third place went to Brandon Nichols of Kent Island in 4:33.44.
The 800 meters was a bit close, with Baranoski holding off Justin Johnson of Largo by less than a second, 1:57.64 to 1:58.47.
Riley McDermott of Middletown was third in 2:04.39.
Joseph Sheely of eastern Tech finished seventh in the 1,600-meters with a time of 4:49.24.
The Mavericks finished eighth overall in the team standings with 22 points. Century defeated Westlake for the team title 69.5 to 65, followed by Large (53), Middletown (35), New Town (27), Liberty (25.5) and Gwynn Park (23).
During the Class 2a Central Region championships on February 6 at the 5th Regiment Armory, Baranoski only
needed to run 2:07.18 to win the 800-meter title over Hereford’s Dillon Coffey (2:12.7).
His 1,600-meter win was practically uncontested. Ba
ranoski won with a time of 4:38.97; teammate Sheely was second in 5:01.81.
Baranoski probably could have won the regional 3,200-meter run title, as the winning time was 10:57.02 and he ran 10:22.58 while winning the Baltimore County title in January, but he opted to focus on the 800 and 1,600.
The winning time in the 3,200 meters at the state championships was 9:41.99, followed by 9:55.05 and 10:02.39.
Eastern Tech finished sixth at the regional championships with 36 points. Hereford won the team title over Western tech, 82-68.5, followed by Dunbar (56), New Town (55) and Owings Mills (43).
The Maverick girls finished fifth in the region with 24 points, behind Hereford (195), Western tech (70), Harford Tech (46.5), Carver A&T (26) and New Town (24).
Eastern Tech’s girls finished third in the 800-meter relay with Sarah Cox, Blessing Njoku, Goodness Ifebigh and Ashlee Hill running 1:55.74. Western tech won in 1:54.55.
Ifebigh also took second in the 300-meter dash with a time of 44.56, and fifth in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:25.61.
Kaylia Edwards finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run in 13:42.51.
In addition to Baranoski, the Maverick boys got a sixth-place finish by Sheeley (11:12.09) in the 3,200 meters, and the 3,200-relay squad of Ohiole Dibua, Amir Moon, Norman moon and Matt Brantley finished fifth in 9:42.04.
Eastern Tech’s Taylor Baranoski won the 800-meter and 1,600-meter state titles at the Class 2A state track championships on Monday.