Sprinters, hurdlers help Long Reach boys claim Howard County indoor track title

January 28, 2014

Long Reach received a strong showing from its boys’ sprinters and hurdles Monday to secure a victory in the 2014 Ivan Walker Memorial Howard County Indoor Track Championship.

The Lightning scored 100 points at the meet, besting Reservoir (80.8) and Mount Hebron (60.8) at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. In the 55 hurdles, Long Reach placed three in the top five, with Robert Carter taking first place with a time of 7.70 seconds. D’Ante Colbert was fourth (8.32) and Chris Flowers placed fifth (8.71).

Long Reach’s Tosin Oyewole won the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.49 seconds, with Carter placing fourth (6.66). Second and third were Reservoir’s Bryan Sosoo (6.50) and Wilde Lake’s Cameron Lumpkin (6.61).

“Our sprinters and hurdlers have been carrying us all season,” said Long Reach Coach Pete Hughes.

Oyewole also earned a second-place finish in the 300 (35.19) and Carter came in third (35.95).

Howard’s Justin Marsh won the 300 with a time of 34.72.

Flowers, a freshman for the Lightning, also contributed a third-place finish in the triple jump, posting 40 feet, 5 inches. But Reservoir’s Sosoo claimed a new meet record with a first-place jump of 44-11. Flowers’s teammate, Khalin Zarsah, was second with a jump of 41-5.

Reservoir and Howard’s girls’ teams tied for the Howard County crown with 88 points each. Heading into the final jumping events, Reservoir Coach Phillip Rogers said the Gators held about an eight or nine-point advantage. But Howard got a great long jump from Courtney Merson (15-3) for a fourth-place finish to go along with with the first-place points provided by teammate Bre Hamilton (16-0.75).

In addition to providing Howard some needed points in the long jump, Merson won the high jump by clearing 4 feet, 10 inches.

Reservoir runner Karli Smiraglia ran a 2:21.80 to finish second in the 800, just behind Atholton’s Jennifer Bleakney’s 2:21.33. Both bested the meet’s record of 2:22.36.

Bleakney set another meet record in the 1600 with a 5:09.72, with Smiraglia placing second (5:15.93).

The Long Reach girls’ 4x200 relay team also set a meet record with a collective time of 1:47.01.

Rogers said the Reservoir girls’ team will look to ride its momentum of the shared county title into the 3A East region meet next week.

“It’s going to be tough to win region, but at the same time, we’re in the conservation,” Rogers said.

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