Hannah Oneda breaks 30-year-old record in the 3,200 meters at state meet

Winters Mill senior finishes four seconds faster than previous mark to repeat as Class 2A champion in the event

May 24, 2012|By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun

Hannah Oneda made a little history in her final 3,200-meter run in high school Thursday.

The Winters Mill senior ran away from the field early and broke a 30-year old record when she won the Class 2A race in 10:52.01 during the first day of the state track and field championships at Morgan State.

The Johns Hopkins-bound runner broke the mark of 10:56.3, set by Atholton's Carolyn Forde in 1982. But while she said she's happy to do so, she seemed more concerned with the fact she won't get to run the race again at this level.

"It was a hard day today because it's my last 3,200 in high school," Oneda said. "I really love to race these ladies. I've made some really good friends."

And she's beaten a lot of really good runners. Glenelg freshman Julia Nardone finished second in 11:17.20, more than 25 seconds behind.

Oneda repeated as the Class 2A state champion in the 3,200. She won last year in 11:13.65 and also took the 1,600 in 5:12.96. She will run that race Saturday.

Also from Carroll County, the No. 2 Liberty girls have put themselves in position to make some noise when the Class 1A and 2A schools finish the meet Saturday.

The Lions, who are looking to repeat, are tied for fifth place with four other teams. They've got 10 points while Largo leads with 32 and Harford Tech is next (17), but co-coach Bobby Ward knows his team should do the bulk of its work Saturday.

"The meet is made on Saturday," Ward said. "We've set ourselves up to have a shot."

Liberty's best effort on the first day came when the girls' 3,200 relay finished third.

No local teams were in first place after the opening day. In fact, there weren't many local winners at all on the first day. Most came in the 3,200 relay, where Western Tech's girls took Class 1A while North Carroll's boys did the same in that class. The Winters Mill boys won that race in Class 2A.

The Harford Tech girls took the 800 relay to move into second place in Class 2A.

Century's boys stood in third place in Class 2A with 22.5 points, trailing first-place Walkersville (27) and Douglass-PG (23).

The Class 3A and 4A teams have their first day of competition Friday and also finish Saturday.

Track and Field State Championships

(at Morgan State)


Class 1A

Team scores (top 5): 1. Perryville, 43; 2. Boonsboro, 24; 3. Smithsburg, 22; 4. Brunswick, 20; 5. Pikesville, 17.

Local winners: North Carroll, 3,200 relay.

Class 2A

Team scores (top 5): 1. Walkersville, 27; 2. Douglass-PG, 23; 3. Century, 22.5; 4. Winters Mill, 21.5; 5. Williamsport, 20.

Local winners: Winters Mill, 3,200 relay.


Class 1A

Team scores (top 5): 1. Boonsboro, 46; 2. Bohemia Manor, 36; 3. Manchester Valley, 32.5; 4. Smithsburg, 28.5; 5. Mountain Ridge, 15.

Local winners: Western Tech, 3,200 relay.

Class 2A

Team scores (top 5): 1. Largo, 32; 2. Harford Tech, 17; 3. Poolesville, 15; 4. Middletown, 11; 5. (tie) Catoctin, Winters Mill, Glenelg, Liberty, Long Reach, 10.

Local winners: Hannah Oneda, Winters Mill, 3,200; Harford Tech, 800 relay.

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