Thompson takes 3,200 meters

Howard runner sets Class 2A record

Malloy wins girls 3,200

Track And Field State Championships

May 25, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

Another year, another record for Howard's Joey Thompson.

Thompson used a late kick to win the 3,200 meters in a Class 2A-record time of 9 minutes, 19.90 seconds yesterday during the first day of competition in the state track and field championships at Morgan State. The junior also set a Class 2A record when he won the 1,600 in last spring's state meet.

Thompson battled Howard County rival Graham Bazell of Atholton throughout the 3,200 yesterday. Bazell led for much of the race until Thompson came on just before the final lap and pulled away to win by a surprisingly easy 18.12 seconds.

"I figured whoever was going to win would get the state record," Thompson said. "The first thing on my mind was winning. The record is the cherry on top."

Thompson will be busy tomorrow, as he will run in the 800, 1,600 and the 1,600 relay.

Hereford's Kristen Malloy also scored an impressive victory over Elyse Borisko of Howard in the Class 2A 3,200.

Malloy captured the title in 11:14.39, beating Borisko (11:41.53) in a small payback for what happened in last fall's state cross country title meet when the Howard sophomore took second as Malloy dropped to third in a mild surprise.

Hereford's girls won the 3,200 relay in 9:33.01. The two victories gave the Bulls 20 points and put them in a tie for first place with Middletown. The Bulls are the only local team in first place after the opening day.

Michelle Newman of Eastern Tech repeated as the Class 2A triple jump champion. She was hoping to break the 40-foot barrier, but Newman took first with a leap of 38-10 3/4 .

Jocelyn Henline captured the Class 1A state title in the pole vault (10 feet). The Marriotts Ridge junior topped Katie Farr of Boonsboro and Havre de Grace's Alison Kochenderfer, both of whom vaulted 9 feet.

Maketa Ruffin from New Town scored an impressive victory in the Class 1A discus. Her toss of 114-2 easily beat Lauren Gross (102-5) from North Point.

The Harford Tech boys 3,200-meter relay team turned in its best performance of the season in capturing the Class 1A state title. Dana Smothers, Anthony Rose, Steve Landreth and Shawn Stone combined for a time of 8:14.63, nearly eight seconds better than their previous best.

The Western Tech girls captured the 800 relay in a Class 1A record of 1:44.01. Hammond's boys took the Class 2A crown (1:28.6) and the Golden Bears girls won that event in 1:43.8.

Atholton's boys were the other local relay winner, taking the Class 2A 3,200 in 7:59.36.

The Class 4A and 3A boys and girls will have their first day of competition today.

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