RECAP: MPSSAA 1A State Championships


Girls Recap

Western Tech took home the team title scoring 106 points, 13.5 points ahead of runner-up Smithsburg. Western Tech scored big points in the 110 Hurdles as Ogechi Uzoukwu, Oluwatunmishe Olunuga, and Ariel Thomas placed 2nd 3rd, and 4th respectively, and scored a combined 19 team points. They also scored 18 points in the 300m Hurdles as Oluwatunmishe Olunuga, Peace Mbah, and Ariel Thomas placed 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. They also got big points in the 200 dash and 400 dash when Tamunobelema Olungwe placed second in both events. Her teammate joined her in the 400 placing 4th running 59.7. 

Individually 2 girls, one sprinter, and one distance runner stole the show. Avery Miller (Allegany) walked away with 4 gold medals and 40 points for her team as she won the 100, 200, and 400m dash events as well as the Long Jump. She ran 12.39 in the 100, 25.40 in the 200, 57.77 in the 400, and jumped 17-02.5.  

Watch Avery Miller win the 200m Dash!

Mary Delaney (Mountain Ridge) had just as impressive of a day as she ran 3 individual events, the 800, 1600, and 3200, and set state classifications records in all 3 races. She ran 2:14 for the 800, 5:01 for the 1600, and 11:02 in the 3200. She also anchored her 4x800 team to a second-place finish. She accounted for 32 individual points. 

Watch Mary Delaney win the 800m run, running wire to wire!

Boys Recap

Brody Buffington steals the show at every meet he goes to and this meet was no different. On Thursday night he was part of yet another celebration disqualification controversy as he put his hands up before the finish line, a move that an official felt was disqualifiable. That move cost his 4x200 team a gold medal and team points (MileSplit will be putting out an article about this controversy highlighting both sides of the argument).

However, the DQ and losing 10 points did not stop Catoctin from winning the 1A Boys Crown. Buffington won the 100m in a new all-time state meet record in 10.35 seconds. He also set the 1A 200m record winning in a time of 21.06 seconds. Furious Trammel shined as he won the 400m dash in 48.91, the Long Jump, jumping 21-09.75, and the triple jump with a mark of 43-05.75. 

(Watch Brody Buffington Set the new 100m State Meet Record)

Individually, Seth Barron (Snow Hill) saved his best performance for states as he won the 1600 running 4:26 and was third in the 3200 in a time of 10:00. 

Mountain Ridge set a 1A Meet Record in the 4x800 running the 3200m distance in 8:04. hey lowered the record by about a second. 

Carter Hess also broke a 1A State Record in the disc as he threw 168-00 feet, raising the record about a foot. Hess finished second in the shot with a mark of 46-07.25