13th Patriot Invitational
It simply isn't Maryland if you aren't going through 3 seasons in one day. That happened during the 13th Patriot Invitational at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School. With many running powerhouses in attendance, this invite saw some speedy times thrown down on the track and some elite field event performances.
The 100m dash was predicted to be won by Oakland Mill's senior Trevin McHargh, who won the event in a blistering time of 10:99 seconds, the Mt. St Marys commit would be the only runner to go under 11 seconds. Good Counsels Spencer Jones placed 2nd with a time of 11:05 and 3rd went to Centennials Marlin Newsome at 11:14. Jones would dominate the 200m dash later in the day with a winning time of 22:21 seconds. Jones flew away from the competition by .2 seconds with 2nd place going to Oakland Mills Shane King (22:41) and 3rd grabbed by Aaron Abedin of Mt. Hebron at 22.97 seconds. Abedin crushed the 400m field earlier in the day with a 48.75, making him the new MD #1 for the event and the only runner to go under 50 seconds. Centennials Michael Pearson placed 2nd in 50.11 seconds while Oakland Mills placed Mife Osinubi in 3rd at 50.93.
The boys from Frederick took home a win in the 4x100m relay with a time of 43:00, Oakland Mills placed 2nd with a time of 43.51, and 3rd went to Good Counsel at 44:05. The traditional 4x200m relay was switched out with the 800 Sprint Medley Relay (100-100-200-400) in today's event and was won by Tuscarora in 1:37.34, Crofton placed 2nd at 1:37.67 and 3rd went to South Hagerstown in 1:38.65. In the hurdles, Wilde Lake senior Tele Abe earned the double win by placing 1st in the 110m and 300m hurdles (15.32, 40.70)
While still early in the season, Oakland Mills has placed many of their returning athletes high in rank at today's invite. The Scorpion sprint squad is certainly one to watch as we approach bigger invites and championship meets.
In the boy's 1600m run, it was a battle between Thomas Johnsons James Partlow and Richard Montgomery's Noah Fisher. While both competitors immediately created a gap between themselves and the rest of the field, Fisher would pull away with the win with a time of 4:23.49, Partlow was not far behind whatsoever finishing in 2nd with a time of 4:24.39. Oakdales Ryan Brightman outlasted a group of runners to clinch 3rd place in 4:35.36. Fisher and Partlow have already proved themselves to be promising athletes this season with fantastic indoor and cross-country seasons backing up this claim.
The 3200m run was won by Oakland Mills Ethan Aidam, the 5x State Champion from Cross Country and Track ran a time of 10:00 to comfortably win the event. Aidam lead right from the gun and did not look back once to take home the win. Oakdales David Tressler placed 2nd with a time of 10:12.97, edging out Atholtons Ethan Mulcahy about halfway through, Mulcahy placed 3rd with a time of 10:23.18. Tressler has earned his spot as one of the top underclassmen 3200m runners in Maryland with many wins and high placements. Mulcahy cannot be counted out as well as one of the best distance runners in Howard County this year.
The Distance Medley Relay (1200-400-800-1600) took the place of the 4x800 today. Linganore won the relay with a time of 10:59.78, Crofton grabbed 2nd place in 11:09.69 beating out Atholton (11:10.85). Linganore also had Kyle Walker take home 1st place in the 800 in 1:58.83 and a new MD #4 ranking, outsprinting Fisher who ran a 1:59.03, both competitors would be the only ones to go under the 2-minute mark today.
In the Shot Put, the indoor 3A state champion Ethan VanMeter of South Hagerstown grabbed the win with a new MD #7 throw of 49 feet and 6.75 inches. VanMeter had a fantastic indoor season with only 1 meet short of going undefeated in the regular season, making him one of the top throwers to watch this season. Not too far behind was Oakdales Grant Lohr (48-11.50) and Oakland Mills Kaiden Lee(44-07.50). Lohr, another top athlete to watch this season, took 1st place in Discus with a throw of 146 feet and 5 inches and grabbed the MD #3 ranking in the event in the process. Linganores Logan Rich placed 2nd with a throw of 131 feet and 3rd went to VanMeter at 129 feet and 4 inches.
During the indoor season, Oakland Mills Abdur Hassan went undefeated in the High Jump. No doubt Hassan is starting off the season right with another win today and a new MD #2 of 6 feet and 4 inches. Fredericks Davian Pryor placed 2nd with a jump of 6 feet and 2 inches and Levi Zilneus of Middletown placed 3rd at 6 feet. Hassan also won the Long Jump with an MD #5 jump of 22 feet and .5 inches, beating out Fredericks Nashon McKinney-Spear (22 feet) and Reginald Snowden (21 feet and 3.25 inches). Thomas Sligh of Thomas Johnson took the triple jump gold and a new MD #7 ranking with a jump of 42 feet and 8 inches, Fredericks Callum Boye was 2nd with a jump of 41 feet and 2.75 inches and 3rd went to Koran Pittman of Overlea at 40 feet and 11.25 inches. Pole Vault was a 1-2 punch by Thomas Johnson, with a win from Gilberto Ramos at 12 feet and Luke Freimanis coming in at 2nd with the same height, 3rd went to Thomas Stokes of Middletown at 11 feet and 6 inches.
Mt. Hebron's Arayana Ladson took home triple gold with wins in both the 100m dash (12.31), 200m dash (24.90, MD#3), and the 100m hurdles (14.63). Ladson showcased an impressive indoor season with multiple wins in the 55m dash and has continued to do so with a current undefeated record this outdoor season. Oluwasemilori Olakunle of Oakland Mills (12.48, 24.90, 14.81) was right behind Ladson in all 3 events. Olakunles had a breakthrough indoor season becoming the 2A State Champion for the 55m dash, we can expect some fast times to be run during her FIRST outdoor season. Boluwatito Ogundairo of Oakland Mills won the 400m dash in 5:82, she and South Rivers Morgan Mims (59.64) were the only competitors to go under 60 seconds today, and 3rd place went to Janelle Codrington of Atholton at 60.74 seconds.
(WATCH: Arayana Ladson dominates the women's 200m dash) (Video by David McDonnell)
Oakland Mills won the 4x100m relay, clocking a new MD #3 time of 48.27, the Scorpions and the Urbana squad (49.65) were the only teams to run under 50 seconds today, and 3rd place went to Tuscarora at 50.00 seconds. The special 800 Sprint Medley Relay was won by Crofton right under 1:50 with a time of 1:49.99, Tuscarora placed 2nd with a time of 1:50.49, and Reservoir in 3rd with a time of 1:55.35.
On the distance side, Ainslee Torres of Wilde Lake kicked off the day with a win in the 1600m run at 5:23.61, not too far behind was Nina Connors of Tuscarora (5:26.24) and Centennials Catie Fritz at 5:32.38. The 3200m was won by Overleas Temi Ariyo with a new MD #4 of 11:17.13, 2nd place went to North Hagerstown Lauren Stine with an MD #5 time of 11:24.62, Stine had an impressive indoor season on her resume, making her one of the top athletes to watch this indoor season, 3rd place went to Richard Montgomery's Grace Finnegan at 11:42.96. In the 800m, Riley Herdson won the race at 2:21.23 with a final 200m kick after a relatively conservative first lap. Close behind was Hayley Lucido (2:23.53) of Middletown and Caroline McCaffrey (2:26.56) of Mt. Hebron. In place of the 4x800m relay, the Distance Medley Relay took place and was won by Overlea with a time of 13:09.42, North Hagerstown finished not too far behind at 13:14.97, same with Urbana at 13:16.30
Katherine Wood of Atholton won the shot put today at 32 feet and 9.75 inches, only 1.75 inches behind her was Urbanas Samantha Heyison (32 feet and 8 inches) 3rd place went to Mollee Corso of Crofton (31 feet and 1 inch). Heyison went on to win Discus with a new MD #3 throw of 114 feet and 9 inches, sitting at the MD #4 spot is Adeline Kraics of Francis Scott Key at 111 feet and 4 inches for 2nd place. 3rd went to Oakdales Ange Sarah Nganou with a throw of 106 feet and 9 inches.
Long Jump went to Miya Green of Crofton with a jump of 17 feet and 5 inches, alongside the win was a tie for the MD #6 ranking. Wilde Lake's Shanise Staats placed 2nd with a jump of 17 feet and 3.25 inches, and 3rd went to Charlotte Deforest of Crofton. Deforest also placed 2nd in the Triple jump at 35 feet and 6 inches, close behind Elisa Ramos of Thomas Johnson (36 feet and 3.5 inches). Tied with 3 other jumpers for the MD #3 spot is Valerie Ashamu of Oakland Mills at 5 feet and 2 inches and Victoria Marston of Crofton. Ashamu, coming with an impressive top-10 finish at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, looks to put on some impressive jumps in both height and Maryland rankings. Pole Vault was light work for Middletown Ava Allen, who remains undefeated this season with a jump of 12 feet and 9 inches, 1 foot and 3 inches away from the rest of the field. Thomas Johnsons Elisa Ramos (11 feet and 6 inches) and Brunell Owusu (11 feet) placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.