It didn't take long for Urbana's Mary Miller to set outdoor personal bests in the 1600 and 3200. Did her Patriot Invitational 16/32 double warrant performer of the week status? (Photo by Autumn Hoffman)
Who was the top girls performer around the state in the final week of March? The weather has yet to warm up and athletes are still shaking off the rest from the indoor/outdoor break, but that doesn't mean that there weren't some outstanding performances before the season gets heavy in April and May. Vote for your favorite below - the poll closes on Sunday at midnight!
Tyuanna Bailey, Howard: Bailey was busy on her home track on Thursday, running the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes - and turning in solid performances in all three. Relative to the Maryland state leaderboards, her 400-meter time of 59.84 was her best of the day, as it currently ranks 11th in the state. Her efforts in both the 100 and 200 also place her among the top 25 runners in the state in each event.
Mary Miller, Urbana: Miller stood out among the rest of the Maryland distance runners last week, winning both the 1600 and 3200 at the Patriot Invitational on Saturday. Her 11:40.92 3200 performance was an outdoor personal best and the third-fastest in the state this season, and it came on the heels of a personal-best 5:24.85 in the 1600. Miller also got some work in earlier in the week, running legs in the victorious 4x400 and DMR relays at the Fraser Relays on Wednesday.
Jaiden Ritter, Mount Hebron: It was a big day for the Mount Hebron sprinters as a whole on their own track on Wednesday. Ritter won both the 100 (MD #5 12.69) and 200 (MD #7 26.21) and placed second in the 400 behind teammate Satori Valentine, who also won the 800. The Vikings went 1-2-3 in the 100, 1-2 in the 200, 1-2-3-4 in the 400 and 1-3 in the 800, showcasing their depth early in the spring season.
Ashley Woolfork, James M. Bennett: Woolfork was busy last Friday, scoring big points for the Clippers at the Cambridge Classic. She won the 100 hurdles and 200 (in which she ran a MD #3 time of 26.08). She also ran legs on the victorious 4x100 and runner-up 4x200 relays. Woolfork is also one of the top returners in the state in both the 400 and 300 hurdles.