Perryville claims region track and field title

High School Track

Seven first-place finishes lead Panthers to crown

  • Members of the Perryville high school girls track team proudly display their UCBAC trophy after the regional meet at Harford Tech.
Members of the Perryville high school girls track team proudly… (Photo by Bobby Parker, Patuxent…)
May 27, 2011|By Randy McRoberts | Record staff

Following up on their UCBAC track and field crown, the Perryville boys won the Class 1A north region title last Saturday at Owings Mills High School.

Led by seven first-place finishes the Panthers racked up 134 points to easily out-point runner-up Owings Mills' total of 77. The Perryville girls, meanwhile, placed third with 70 points. Harford Tech won with 149 and Western Tech was second with 138.

Perryville, a well as athletes from Aberdeen and Havre de Grace, will compete in the Maryland State Track and Field Championships at Morgan State University today (Friday) and Saturday. Competiton began at Morgan on Thursday.

In last weekend's win, Panther Karl Palmer swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes in respective times of 11.24 and 23.10. Teammate Anthony Hayden also won two individual events, winning the 800 meter run in 2:02.48 and the 1,600 run in 4:47.85.

Hayden was joined by John Thornton, Steven Thornton and John Immel as the Panthers region-winning 4x800 relay team. The winning time was 8:23.58

Steven Thornton won the 3,200 run in 10:55.60 and his second place finish in the 1,600 in 4:47.98 gave the Panthers the 1-2 sweep behind Hayden. Jon Dinatale was fourth as well in the 1,600 in 4:56.15.

Cody Richardson also picked up a first for the Panthers, winning the 300 hurdles event in 39.30. Richardson also earned two second-place finishes. He ran 15.17 in the 110 hurdles and jumped 20'-3" in the long jump. The time in the 110 hurdles was eight-100ths of a second off the winning time.

Perryville's other top three finish came from Joe Peaker, who placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 44'-8.75".

Darryl Johnson was fourth in the shot put at 44'-8.50" and Sean Brevard was sixth in the 110 hurdles.

The Panthers also had three more relay teams score. The 4x100 and 4x400 teams each placed fourth and the 4x200 team was sixth.

Dodson leads Panther girls

Jordan Dodson won the 800 run in 2:17.69 as the Panthers' lone individual first-place winner. Dodson was also third in the 400 dash in 58.77. Dodson, along with Becca Ports, Kaylee Haberkam and Megan Harnish combined to win the 4x800 relay title.

Haberkam had a second-place finish in the high jump, clearing 4'-7", while also placing sixth in the 1,600 run.

Sam Price had two scoring finishes in the hurdles, placing third in the 300 hurdles in 50.27 and fourth in the 100 hurdles in 17.67.

Molly Crothers cleared 8'-4" to get third in the pole vault and Harnish was third in the triple jump at 33'-4.25". Katie Hild was sixth in the pole vault.

Ports also added a fifth-place finish in the 400 dash, while three other relay teams scored. The 4x200 and 4x400 teams were each fourth and the 4x100 team was fifth.

Warriors qualify

Havre de Grace's Steven Ashman had two top six finishes to qualify for the state meet. Ashman was sixth in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the pole vault.

Aberdeen girls are third

The Aberdeen girls won four events to finish third behind Hereford and Catonsville in the 3A north region meet at Catonsville Saturday.

Jimmia McCluskey won the 100 in 12.1 and finished second in the 200 in 25.2. Kiersten Bond won the long jump at 17'-0", 4 inches ahead of McCluskey, who was third. Nia Alleyne finished first in the triple jump at 35'-11" and Shawnta Bradford took first in the shot put at 36-3 1/2. The Eagles also placed second in the 4x200 relay in 1:44.4.

In the boys' competition, Aberdeen's Damien Cruz won the 200 in 22.3 with a surge in the final 50 meters. Cruz also finished third in the 400, less than a meter behind the winner in 49.6, and he ran on the Eagles' 4x400 team that finished second in 3:36.8.

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