SEABROOK – The Largo High School girls track and field team finished in first place with 90.50 points to capture the 1A Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) state title at Morgan State University on May 25.
The accomplishment is the program’s seventh state title, ending a 12-year drought that spans back to 2007 when the school played in a different classification (3A). Finishing in second place was PG-based Frederick Douglass with 74 points and 49 points was enough for Sparrows Point of Baltimore County to finish in third.
The Lady Lions’ strength was the relay races as they amassed 23 points. They finished in the top four in three runs, including a first-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay. Seniors Orlandra and Kendra Chambers, junior Alysha Robinson and sophomore Jade Barnes earned the victory with a time of four minutes and 8.84 seconds, almost a full two seconds ahead of their nearest rivals.
Senior Kendal Drewery continued Largo’s successful day by winning two events, the long jump and the triple jump. She completed distances of 17-9 ½ and 37 feet, which gave the Lady Lions an additional 20 points added to their final score.
Multiple Largo athletes also had success in the shot put as well. Sierra James, Shardae Williams and Rea Gray finished second through fourth.
Williams and James finished their day with in second and third place, in the discus throw for a combined 14 points to Largo’s overall score. Junior Ryanna Bennett of Fort Hill won the competition first place with a 128-04 throw.
Douglass showed its strength in individual competition for their second-place victory. Senior Malia Watkins (12.30) narrowly defeated Surrattsville freshman Diamond Richardson (12.32) by two-hundredths of a second in the 100-meter dash.
Watkins defeated her county rival again with a first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.86 seconds. Her two victories added 20 points to Douglass’ total. In the 4×100-meter relay, the Lady Eagles finished in second place (48.92 seconds) behind Carver A&T of Baltimore (48.68).
Flowers finish third in 4A Final
In the 4A class state finals, the Charles H. Flowers High School girls track and field accumulated 53.50 points for a third-place finish. It is their highest finish in the state finals since winning the championship in 2017. The Lady Jaguars collected 12 points off of two third-place finishes in the 4×400 and 4×800-meter relay races to anchor their place in the final standings.
In individual competitions, two Bowie High School runners, junior Leah Murray and sophomore Dianna Koger, squared off in the girls’ 100-meter dash finals. In the end, Murray (12.47) would edge out the younger Lady Bulldog teammate by three-hundredths of a second (12.51) to win third place. Koger would bounce back with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash.
After winning four races in the county championships on May 12, Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School sophomore Jordan Mozie competed in two runs in the state finals. She missed out on a top-three finish in the 400-meter as Michelle Kamara of Gaithersburg took third.
In the 800-meter final, the sophomore narrowly missed out on first-place finish as Urbana’s Ella Auderset (2:18:17) won with one-hundredth of a second. The Lady Pumas runner finished in second with a time of 2:18.18.
Bowie High Schoolsenior Dejah Tinsley finished in first place in the girls 300-meter hurdles event, with a time of 44.03 seconds, edging out Kaelyn Woodrum of Mervo (45.42). Tinsley (14.54 seconds) and High Point’s Ragan-Lei Phillip (14.67) finished second and third, respectively, in the girls 100-meter hurdles.
In the 4A boys individual competitions, Wise senior Taheer Pierce edged out Paint Branch’s Chukwumdi Osuji to win third place with an 11.05-second finish in the 100-meter dash. Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior Tyrenson Terry finished in second place (22.14 seconds) in the 200-meter dash. Pierce and Terry would finish second and third place, respectively, in the 400-meter race.
2A/3A Individual Results
In the Class 3A state finals, Oxon Hill High School’s relay team earned two top-four finishes including capturing second place in the 4×800-meter race. In the discus throw finals, Lady Clippers senior Sierra Butler finished in third place with a 113-08 throw. Lastly, Oxon Hill’s Zackary Sampson won first place in the boys 300-meter hurdles with a 38.92-second run.
In the boys 2A 800-meter final, Isaiah Hunter of Gwynn Park earned a third-place finish with a time of one minute and 55.75 seconds.