Photo by Colin MurphyEmily Knight banked 30 points for Severna Park by winning all three of her events, becoming county champion in the 300-, 500- and 800-meter runs.
Photo by Colin MurphyGarrison Clark was county champion in the 3200-meter run.
Photo by Colin MurphyChloe MacDonald competed in high jump and took third place for Severna Park.
Park Girls Dominate At County Championship Meet
Boys Take Second; Falcons’ Knight, Lee, Clark and Dearborn Claim Individual Crowns
The Severna Park girls indoor track and field team delivered a slew of top performances at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex on January 24, compiling an impressive point total of 121.5 to easily top South River (85) and Old Mill (84) and win the Anne Arundel County championship.
South River’s boys fared better than its girls, totaling 93 to nip the Falcons (90) for the boys team title and prevent a Severna Park sweep.
Leading the way for the Lady Falcons was the precocious triple-crown performance of sophomore Emily Knight, who claimed individual county titles in the 300-meter, 500-meter and 800-meter runs to bank 30 team points, nearly a quarter of Severna Park’s total.
Knight’s winning times of 0:42.15 in the 300, 1:19.35 in the 500 and 2:27.99 in the 800 were all personal records, and she expressed satisfaction at having run well in an important role for the team.
“I guess it wasn’t really an expectation to win all three, because I knew it was going to be really hard, but they put me in all three because they wanted me to get a lot of points, and they expected me to come in the top places,” said Knight. “My coach taught me to take it one race at a time, and that’s really what I did to win. It felt really good, and I was really happy with myself, because I’ve worked really hard to get it.”
Severna Park coach Elmer McPhail mentioned former Old Mill and Ohio State star Alexis Franklin when describing Knight’s overall ability and the rare feat of winning three events at counties.
“It takes a very unique athlete to win three events like that,” said McPhail, who said Knight is a legitimate contender for the region and state title in the 500. “Most people are not going to win all three.”
Severna Park senior Liz Lee was a champion in shot put for Severna Park, throwing 27’5.5” to defeat Broadneck’s Emily Cosgrove by an inch.
“It feels pretty good getting my PR for the season,” said Lee, a first-time county champ. “It was my goal for where I wanted to be, but it was not what I expected.”
Aside from the pair of individual champions, many Lady Falcons helped the team to its winning point total by placing in the top eight in their respective events. Izzy Kintzley was third in both the 300 and 500 behind Knight. Sarah Siska was fifth in the 1600, and Riley Leeds was seventh. Leeds was also eighth in the 800. Kamryn Eveleth, Catie Cambon and Lindsey Brooks finished three-four-five in the 3200 behind runner-up Natalia Jacobo of Broadneck and event winner Anna Coffin of Annapolis. Chloe MacDonald cleared 5’2” to place third in high jump, and Sarah Heagy earned a point by placing eighth. MacDonald also took fourth in triple jump at 32’1”, and Heagy took eighth. Sarah Adams and Anna DiRienzo cleared 7’0” and 7’6”, respectively, and tied for sixth in pole vault, an event won by South River’s Gwendolyn Zeckowski, who cleared 11’1”. Kaitlyn Lilly placed sixth in shot put. Jenna Farrell notched a point for taking eighth in the 55-meter hurdles.
Severna Park’s 4x200 team of Hanna Drilling, AJ Jones, Kintzley and Lily Echeverria edged Meade by 33/100 of a second in 1:50.45 to win the event. Olivia Hubbart, Jones, Alex Kline and Kintzley took second in the 4x400; Brenna Mullaney, Eveleth, Sophia Zell and Cambon took second in the 4x800.
Severna Park also had a couple of individual county champions on the boys side in Garrison Clark and Trevor Dearborn. Clark ran a 9:54.72 in the 3200 to win the event ahead of Broadneck’s Paul Squires and teammates John Davids (third) and Alexander Chaisson (fifth). Dearborn became the county champion in triple jump, leaping 40’4.5” to clip Old Mill’s Isaiah Foxx-Goldstein by a half-inch. Christian Isham narrowly missed a county crown in the 500, coming in a second behind North County’s Tyrese Fajardo, who won both the 500 and the 300, and Isham was runner up again in the 800 in 1:59.06, right behind South River’s Nick Boogades (1:58.81). Jonah Lane placed second behind Boogades in the 1600 in 4:27.4, while Joe LaFleche and Jack Finneran placed seventh and eighth. Lane was also sixth in the 800, and Finneran was eighth. Max Boettinger was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles, and Adam Giard was sixth. Benjamin Dearing took sixth in pole vault, clearing 10’6”. Joe Jennings took fourth in shot put. Dearborn took seventh in long jump.
Austin McAlexander, Clark, William Reed and Chaisson placed fourth in the 4x800. Dearing, Boettinger, Lane and Isham placed fifth in the 4x400. Dearing, Dearborn, Boettinger and Giard took seventh in the 4x200.
Broadneck’s Jaren Baluyot was the Bruins’ lone individual county champion on the day, clearing 12’6” to win pole vault.
Top finishers from the county meet will compete at the 4A/3A East region championships on February 9. The state championship meet is set for February 21.