Westminster's Jack Heefner took home two individual titles at the Carroll County winter championships. (Photo by Craig Amoss)
Annapolis junior Luke Coffin's star is on the rise. After clocking a 9:47 personal best in the 3200 last winter as a sophomore, Coffin has broken out in a big way this indoor season. After running 9:27 at the Virginia Showcase a few weeks back, he led all Maryland runners with a 9:19 full two mile performance at the East Coast Invitational this past weekend. It converts to the 15th-fastest indoor 3200 time by a Maryland boy since 2010-11.
Maryland's top trio of triple jumpers - Josh Green, Emi Erekosima and Donnie Young - were back at it at the East Coast Invitational over the weekend. This time, Green, the senior at Gilman who led all Maryland competitors in the event last season, came out on top, recording a new personal best of 46'7.75. He didn't stop there, either, jumping a personal-best 21'8.50 in the long jump as well.
Carroll County (the only public school system to hold an indoor track season) held its indoor county championships over the weekend. Among the top performers was Westminster sophomore Jack Heefner, who picked up individual titles in the 55 and 300 meter dashes. He also ran an anchor leg on the Owls' 4x200 that settled for a close runner-up finish behind Century.
A few Maryland athletes traveled to Ohio for the SPIRE Scholastic Showcase. Among them was Calvert Hall junior Thomas Smith IV, one of Maryland's most consistent performers of the current winter season. Smith finished third in the finals of the 60 meter hurdles, where his 8.04 performance converts down to a personal best (and easily MD #1) time of 7.49 in the 55 meter hurdles.