Two months ago, Greg McCormick of Middletown High School didn't know when his next jump or vault might be. The junior had broken a bone in his neck while competing and his career hung in the balance.
It was a career that had promise of being more than ordinary after McCormick scaled 7 feet in the high jump and 15 feet in the pole vault.
Following an operation, rehabilitation and convalescence, McCormick got back to competition just last week at the Region 2A West meet. He qualified in his specialties, plus the long jump.
Late yesterday afternoon, he high-jumped 6 feet, 6 inches to win the state title. It wasn't up to the state record of 6-10 he set last year, but impressive nonetheless so soon after his return. Earlier, he had jumped 20-1 to finish fourth in the long jump.
Today, as the finals in all four divisions wrap up beginning at 9 a.m., McCormick goes after the pole vault title.
In other features of the 2A/1A program yesterday, Oakland Mills' boys, perhaps stripped of their chance to win the 1A title after missing a qualifying regional meet, thus being banned from three events, set a record in the 800 relay. Kyle Farmer anchored a 1 minute, 27.19 seconds clocking. The team also won the 3,200 relay.
Also, Jared Washington of Forest Park and Isa George of Overlea won the 1A and 2A long jumps, respectively, at 21-9 and 21-6.
Winners among the 1A girls were Oakland Mills in the 800 relay and Glenelg in the 3,200 relay. In Class 2A, Shiree Turner of Joppatowne easily disposed of the competition in the discus with a throw of 123-7. Cori McGrail of Hammond and Lindsay Griarieu of Atholton were third and fourth, respectively.
Ashley Wall (Atholton) took the 2A triple jump in 36-8.25, less than an inch better than the effort of Keena Hawkins of North Caroline.
Kierney Hiteshew of Oakland Mills and Meghan Walsh of Havre de Grace went 2-3 in the 1A pole vault as did Meg Tilley of Hammond and Jen Baclawski of Urbana in the 2A 2-mile.