Dou­bled up: East­ern Tech’s Bara­noski takes home two state ti­tles

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­

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.

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