Franklins aren't siblings, but do have a rivalry

Alexis Franklin of Old Mill and McDonogh's Autumne Franklin split races in Pikesville

April 02, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, The Baltimore Sun

Alexis Franklin of Old Mill and McDonogh's Autumne Franklin are similar in many ways. They're both juniors, share the same last names and initials and even now have hair styles that resemble each other.

But the biggest similarity might be how talented both are in track and field, which they showed at Saturday's Pikesville Track Classic with a pair of impressive battles in the hurdles races.

Autumne Franklin's work helped top-ranked McDonogh win with 68 points, beating Thomas Johnson by five. No. 6 Carver took the boys title (68 points) when its second-place finish in the night's final event gave it a close victory over Thomas Johnson (60).

Alexis Franklin and Autumne Franklin know each other, don't get to compete often, but split the two races they were in together.

"We definitely do battle," said Autumne Franklin. "It's so strange because we [do] have the same last name, the same initials. Now I've cut my hair, so we have similar hairstyles, too."

Autumne Franklin (14.57 seconds) edged out Alexis Franklin (14.74) in the 100 hurdles. But the Old Mill junior captured the 300 hurdles in 42.88 — a time that's now third in the nation, according to the dyestat.com site. Autumne Franklin was second in 44.63.

"I had to turn it up, and just switch gears as fast as I could," said Alexis Franklin. "I was mad. I was really upset that I came in second in [the first race]."

Alexis Franklin also won the 400 while Autumne Franklin added a fourth-place finish in the long jump.

In the 1,600 run, McDonogh's Madeline Dulac took command in the final lap to win easily in 5:04.79. She beat out Savanna Plombom of Thomas Johnson (5:09.98).

Carver won the Class 1A team title for boys and got lots of help from Davin Jones (meet record in the long jump, second in the 100) plus teammate Maurice Taylor (second in triple, long jumps), Davon Tildon (second in 100) and Carlton Sheppard (second in 300 hurdles).

"I didn't put my best lineup out there, but I really wanted to win this meet," said Carver coach Stephen Kimes. "I knew the bigger classifications come here, and we wanted to prove that Class 1A teams compete with the big boys."

Loyola's Matt Jablonski took a big early lead in the 1,600 and won in 4:19.90. Ryan Spangler of Winters Mill came on late but didn't have enough. Jablonski finished second in the 3,200 as Glenelg's Robbie Creese won in 9:27.96, beating Jablonski (9:42.23).

Brendan Hairston from Atholton won the 200 and 400. Megan Wall of Dulaney set a meet record in the pole vault (11-0).

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