Where Do Maryland Girls Rank Among The Top 50 On The Track Nationwide?

This trio of Emily Knight (right, Severna Park), Dejah Grant (left, Flowers) and Mallorie Smith (middle, North Point) all represent a deep group of Maryland girls who rank among the top 50 in the nation in the 500. (Photo by Craig Amoss)

Up To Date Girls National Leaderboard

This year a number of girls made national headlines by clocking some of the fastest times on the track around the country. Maryland girls once again proved to be particularly strong in the sprint events, headlined by a dominant and incredibly deep Bullis squad.

Frederick's Jaida Smith got off to a late start this winter but was able to regain her championship form by the 3A state championships where she defended her 55 meter title.

55 Meter Dash
T25. Pharist O'NealC.H. Flowers7.08
T29. Ashley SeymourBullis7.09
T32. Lauren MorganElizabeth Seton7.10
T45. Taylor WrightNorthwest7.13
T49. Jaida SmithFrederick7.15

An incredible four Bullis girls rank among the top 31 runners in the nation in the 300 meter dash. Masai Russell is the oldest of the group - and she's still just a junior.

300 Meter Dash
11. Lauren MorganElizabeth Seton39.03
T16. Masai RussellBullis39.24
18. Leah PhillipsBullis39.25
23. Cameron HintonFranklin39.52
25. Lauryn HarrisBullis39.61
27. Sydney WilliamsHenry E. Lackey39.68
31. Sierra LeonardBullis39.76
35. Stephanie DavisRiverdale Baptist39.89
50. Dominique JefferyHenry E. Lackey40.20

The deepest event in terms of national rankings on both the girls and guys side, the 500 features names from all across the state, and even three pairs of teammates (McNeil/Hinton, Russell/Phillips and Grant/Watts).

500 Meter Dash
4. Nyjari McNeilFranklin1:13.64
12. Masai RussellBullis1:15.59
13. Cameron HintonFranklin1:15.61
15. Melissa KamekaDamascus1:15.82
24. Emily KnightSeverna Park1:16.67
25. Hayley JacksonPatuxent1:16.74
29. Dejah GrantC.H. Flowers1:16.94
36. Mallorie SmithNorth Point1:17.12
37. Antoinette BradleyFriendly1:17.13
39. Allison ZolkiewiczSouth Carroll1:17.25
43. Leah PhillipsBullis1:17.48
45. Javon WattsC.H. Flowers1:17.68
46. Jaelyn BowserLaurel1:17.72

800 Meter Run
40. Hayley JacksonPatuxent2:15.45

Photo by Craig Amoss

Hayley Jackson is Maryland's lone representative among the top 50 in the nation in the 800, but the eye-popping number is certainly her current US #1 ranking in the 1600/mile which she will be trying to defend at New Balance Indoor Nationals. Both Maria Coffin and Abigail Green make the top 50 based on their performances at the state championship.

1600 Meter/One Mile Run
1. Hayley JacksonPatuxent4:45.55
47. Maria CoffinAnnapolis4:58.99
50. Abigail GreenWalter Johnson4:59.06

3200 Meter/Two Mile Run
29. Abigail GreenWalter Johnson10:45.26

Another deep event for the state, the question, "Who is the top hurdler in Maryland?" may finally be solved this coming weekend at New Balance Indoor Nationals.

55 Meter Hurdles
T17. Sydney WilliamsHenry E. Lackey8.12
T17. Alexis PostellBullis8.12
20. Karryngton HarrisonFriendly8.13
22. Taylor GrimesBishop McNamara8.15
T30. Nadia HackettBaltimore Poly8.24
T33. Cierra PylesBullis8.25
T39. Eddita PessimaNorthwest8.28
T50. Nafisat AdeyemiBladensburg8.31