2023 Charas Heurich Invitational
The Charas Heurich invite, while hosted by Smithsburg, took place at North Hagerstown on March 24th, 2023 due to renovations being done to the Smithsburg track. The rainy conditions put many athletes to the test until the meet was unfortunately canceled right after the boy's 3200m. However, there were still many fast times and elite performances. The North Hagerstown men ran away with the team win with a total of 69 points while the Middletown women won 1st place with 75.5 points.
On the Sprints, Walkersville's Aidan Simmons took home 1st in the 100m dash in 11.20 seconds, the junior was the only competitor to run under 11.50, behind him was Clarksburg senior Anwar Umar (11.54), and junior Caleb Owusu Ayim of North Hagerstown (11.66). Walkersville High School also saw senior Nathaniel Crosse run a 54.07 400m dash to take home 2nd place to Smithsburg senior Cameron Rejonis, the High Point University commit took home 400m gold in a time of 52.71 seconds. Clarksburg High's 4x200m Relay team (Marvelous Anuigo, Desmond Whitley, Stone Kelly, Jameson Pinthiere) snatched the win away from Walkersville (1:36.05) in a time of 1:35.95, and in 3rd place was Brunswick in 1:36.94. Clarksburg also had senior Jameson Pinthiere win the 110m hurdles in 16.32, 2nd place went to Williamsport sophomore Richard Sanon (16.63), and 3rd place was grabbed by Walkersville junior Mason Worley (17.81)
(Check out Cameron Rejonis Interview after his races)
DistanceThe North Hagerstown distance squad was on fire today during the two distance events run with freshman Walker Mason (4:51.47) and senior Jacob O'Neil (4:56.02) bringing a 1-2 punch to the boy's 1600m. Close behind was Clarksburg's Yohannes Girma in 4:58.68. Mason, O'Neil, and Girma were the only competitors to run under 5 minutes today. North Hagerstown also had Sophomore Rishi Bhat place 3rd in the Boys 3200m in 10:28.15. However, it would be Winters Mill junior Jackson Steinbrenner taking home the gold at 10:15.26 after an intense sprint to the line against Brunswick senior Ray Gibson (10:16.13). Steinbrenner led right from the gun and did not lose his 1st place position a single time to cap off the meet in an impressive fashion. The Winters Mill Falcons also proved dominant in the 4x800m relay (Aidan Henry, Timmy Burger, Garrett Blizzard, and Eddie Loudenclos) winning the event in 8:39.66. Milesplit MD had the chance to speak with the Falcons after their race, both Henry and Burger recalled "going off" during their opening legs whilst Blizzard and Loudenclos maintained and closed out the relay in an impressive fashion, keeping their lead through the whole race. Smithsburg (Liam Fisher, Tyler Younker, Michael Wynkoop, Cameron Rejonis) was not too far behind at 8:45.35, and Clarksburg (Mark Haye, Azariyas Girma, Yohannes Girma, Diego Gutierrez) at 8:48.00.
On the field events side, Walkersville's Derick Tossah won the boy's Shot Put in 46 feet and 6.5 inches, 2nd place went to Anthony Williams of Spring Mills in 45 feet and 10.25 inches, and 3rd place went to Alleganys Andrew Highland (42 feet and 6 inches). Middletown packed a 1-2 punch for the High Jump with senior Levi Zilneus (6 feet) and sophomore Nanjo Levec (5 feet and 9 inches). The Long Jump was won by Jake Scallion of North Hagerstown in 20 feet and 5.75 inches, Scallion would be the only jumper to go over 20 feet with Jameson Pinthiere of Clarksburg taking home 2nd place with a jump of 19 feet and 1.5 inches and Clear Springs Jacob Faith in 3rd with a jump of 18 feet and 9.75 inches.
North Hagerstown sophomore Avery Miller took home a double gold today by winning both the 100m (12.55) and the 400m (59.47). Miller bested Clarksburg's Nancy Hudson (12.82) and Jenna Howe of Smithsburg (12.84) while also being the only runner to go under 60 seconds in the 400m, beating out Hayley Lucido of Middletown (1:00.13) and Teondra Gravier of Spring Mills (1:01.13). In the 100m Hurdles, Middletown's Ava Allen won the event in 15.63, nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field, Winters Mill freshman Jastney Scott placed 2nd with a time of 17.59, 3rd place went to Doxa Babatunde of Middletown in 18.51. In the 4x200, Spring Mills took home the win with a time of 1:48.38, and 2nd place went to Brunswick in 1:51.56, .2 seconds ahead of North Hagerstown (1:51.76).
The girls 1600 was an impressive battle between North Hagerstown's Lauren Stine and Middletown's Erin McQuitty, who both lead the race right from the gun. Ultimately, Stine managed to outlast McQuitty and take home the 1600m win with a time of 5:18.57, McQuitty finished close behind at 5:23.16, and 7.2 seconds behind her was Cora Gentzel of Smithsburg (5:30.26). However, The Middletown senior retaliated by capturing the 3200m run win with a time of 11:41.70, holding off Callie Wallace of Maret by 1.2 seconds (11:42.90), Wallace and McQuitty were the only runners to go under 12 minutes today. Gentzel placed 3rd with a time of 12:15 and was also the 3rd leg in the winning 4x800 relay team for Smithsburg (Grace Ellis, Ella Fisher, Cora Gentzel, Kayla Hawbecker) with a time of 10:31.91, Clarksburg (Emma Giselle Forbin, Joyce Wu, Jayla Thornton, Christa Sadd) wasn't too far behind finishing with a time of 10:47.65, both teams were the only ones to finish under 11 minutes, Brunswick (Lucy Virgilio, Nadia Remaley, Josie Flannery, Morgan Jarrell) was 3rd in 11:16.19.
(Check out Lauren Stines's Interview after her 1600)
In the field events, Discus was dominated by Francis Scott Keys Adeline Kraics with a throw of 96 feet and 3 inches, Stephanie Briscoe of Berkeley Springs came in 2nd with a throw of 85 feet and 3 inches and Reagan Phillips of Clarksburg came in 3rd with a throw of 83 feet and 7 inches. Avery Miller of Allegany won the Long Jump in 17 feet and 3.5 inches, 1 foot ahead of her competition Ava Allen of Middletown who jumped 16 feet and 2.5 inches to grab 2nd place, Keasia Ames of Clarksburg placed 3rd with a jump of 15 feet and 10.50 inches. Allen, who is the defending 2A state champion would go on to win the Pole Vault in 10 feet, 2nd place was grabbed by South Carroll's 1A Indoor State Champion Delaney Freed in 9 feet, 3rd place went to Allen's teammate Alivia Lipinski with a jump of 8 feet and 6 inches.