Champ Page sprinted to a pair of victories Sunday at the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Classic in a buildup to this coming weekend’s national championships.
The Wise senior All-Met was competing for Pumas Track Club — athletes from Maryland public schools cannot represent their high schools after the final sanctioned meet of the regular high school season — when he won the 200-meter dash at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover. He ran the second-fastest qualifying time during Saturday’s rounds and, in the final, galloped past Suitland senior David Winters before crossing in 22.16 seconds.
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Bowie’s Antonella Taylor (show at last month’s state meet) had a personal best in the shot put but finished second at the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Classic.
Page, who won Maryland state titles in the 300 and 500 last month, returned a few hours later in the 400. He was the only runner to break 49 seconds and finished the two-lap race in 48.39.
At last year’s New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City, Page failed to make the final in the 200. He placed third in the 400. The Ohio State signee is looking to improve on both performances this year and thinks the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Classic provided a good boost.
“It gave me a lot of confidence,” says Page, who also helped his team to a second-place finish in the 4x200 relay. “I just wanted to work on the little things and strategy on how I’m going to run my races.”
The two-day meet attracted hundreds of athletes from across six mid-Atlantic states looking for a final tune-up before they head to New York on Friday.
Alexus Scott was ready. The Eleanor Roosevelt senior finished second to Bowie junior Antonella Taylor in the shot put at their county, region and state meets, but she finally broke through for a win with a huge personal-best throw of 47 feet 0.25 inches. That is the sixth-best mark in the country this season.
Taylor was runner-up Saturday with a personal-best 46-11.5.
No one could challenge Carroll senior Kiah Seymour in the 200. The Penn State signee beat Pennsylvania’s Taylor Williams and the rest of the field to the line by a solid margin in 25.42.
Robinson senior Genamarie McCant won the girls’ 400 in 57.32. Dunbar sophomore London Freeland was runner-up (57.77).
Georgetown Prep senior Joey Chapin breezed to a 12-second victory in the boys’ mile over Wilde Lake’s Duncan Enerson in 4:22.65.