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Friday, June 24, 2022

Oakland Mills’ Judson Lincoln IV, Paulie’s Talil Atkins triple up on sprint title at MPSSAA State Track and Field Championships

On a long hot day, putting together a championship race is a great accomplishment. Putting two together is something special. The three championship races are legendary.

Saturday was Triple Crown Day for the two field athletes in the finals of the MPSSAA Track and Field Championships. Oakland Mills’ Judson Lincoln IV (2A) and Polly’s Talil Atkins (3A) both won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races in their respective classes.

After winning nearly 200 and 400 last year but placing third in 100, this was Lincoln’s goal.

“Especially because of last year, that was the plan,” he said. “It shows I can say I’m going to do it and I can do it.”

Not only did he do it, but he did it in record fashion. Lincoln’s 200 time of 20.9 seconds broke the state meet record of 21.04 seconds set by future NFL All-Pro Jermaine Lewis in 1992.

Lincoln faced a tough challenge from Dunbar’s Aaron Charles, scoring his 100 in 10.46 seconds, beating him by four hundredths of a second. Lincoln won the 400 in 47.92.

Atkins had a more difficult day than Lincoln’s. He had to run in his 100 and 200 semifinals, as well as all of his finals, on Saturday, with 3A preliminary rain on Friday.

“After each race, I just need to cool down, stretch, keep myself hydrated,” Atkins said.

Atkins won the 100 in 10.61, the 200 in 21.09 and the 400 in 48.1.

“I try not to worry about other people,” Atkins said of his strategy. “Of course it’s a race, but I focus on myself, make sure I’m in my correct drive throughout the race, accelerating for the end.”

Glenelg’s Timothy Cherry was one of several field athletes to win multiple golds. Cheri won the 2, 800 and 1,600.

“I’m 2-for-2. It’s awesome. I’m grateful to my coach, my family, everyone who helped me,” said Cheri. “I did it indoors, I want to do it again was.”

Von Devon of Meervo also won two, winning the 4A hurdles.

“Faster, faster, faster, faster, faster, faster, PR, PR PR,” Devon said of his in-race mentality. “Running against the big guys gives me more motivation to keep going. No, I’m not the greatest, but I am one of the best and that helps me grow.”

Chimdi Onoh of Dundalk took first place in 4a shot put and discus.

Jack DeBaugh of Severna Park won the 4A 400 and 800 on his way to helping the Falcons win the 4A team title. He strategized to use the strong wind to his advantage during his 400 victories.

“I knew for sure that it was going very strong against me in the backstretch,” he said. “Going into it, I think I took it a little easier on the backstretch and then made sure to hammer it home with the wind behind me.”

team title

DeBaugh’s efforts were a big factor in Severna Park’s team title. The Falcons finished with 87 points, followed by Old Mill (59), Northwest (43), Henry A. Wise (41) and Walter Johnson (39).

The Falcons received a boost from Tyler Kennedy and James Glebocki, who finished first and second in 1,600, respectively.

“We really, really want to win the state, so it’s all about the points,” Kennedy said. “It’s not pretty, the timing may not be the fastest of the season, but it’s about the prize. It’s about getting it with your team.”

DeBaugh, Kennedy, Glebocki and Scott Engleman together won the 4×800 relay for the Falcons. Brandon Keefer wins the pole vault.

In 3A, Northern beat Huntingtown on 57 points out of Huntingtown’s 55. Howard was right behind them with 52. The Lions led the team’s race to the final event of the 4×400 relay, but did not enter. Manchester Valley and Springbrook are fourth with 37.

Oakland Mills dominated the 2A standings with 168 points. Hammond finished with 47, followed by Calvert (46), Glenelg (44) and Dunbar (38).

The Scorpions had several victories over John Tatum IV in 110 hurdles. Tatum finished fourth at the Howard County Meet and fifth at the regional level. Hammond’s Jadon Ra-Akbar won both of those races. But Tatum got it when he got the highest count.

“I practiced for it. I knew it was going to be close. There was good competition, I just had to focus and run my race,” Tatum said. ,[Ra-Akbar] He’s always been the fastest, he’s always been the best. Nice to finally get one. ,

Oakland Mills also won over Kanye Holland in the 300 hurdles and the 4×100 relay team of Travin McHargh, Shane King, Aki Harvey and Xavier Docter.

Catoctin won the 1A title with 73 points, followed by Mountain Ridge (51), Washington (41), Snow Hill (40) and Patterson Mill (38).

win the rematch

Manchester Valley’s Aiden Neal and Milford Mill’s Korde Otusajo raced an impressive 800 at the Indoor State Championship, with Otusajo winning by eight-hundredths of a second. The rematch took place on Saturday at the Outdoor Championships.

Otusajo made a strong start and advanced into the final lap. Like inside the house, Neil closed strong, only this time he came to the fore and ran to the line first.

“I know I had the one who takes it. I knew I had the one who took it in the door too, but it feels great,” said Neil. “I’m not going to lie, I really I didn’t know what my strategy was. He definitely got out fast, I know I had the closing speed and this time it worked. ,

Neil also won 1,600 and raced on the winning 4×400 relay team with Christian Childs, Logan Haines and Carter Knox.

more winners

Also in the 100 who won gold on Saturday in 4A was Old Mill’s Kamel Winfield Jr., as well as the Patriots’ 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams. Luke Coffin of Annapolis won the 3,200 and Gavin Schaefer of Dulaney won the high jump.

In 3A, Centennial’s Sean May, Alexander White, Sebastian Martinez and Antonio Camacho-Bux won the 4×800 relay. In 2A, Hereford’s Jack Kralek won the pole vault and Glenelg’s BC Owens won the triple jump. In 1A, Sean Cain Jr., Amar Mack, Christian Wyes and Sean Williams II of Japantown won the 4×100 relay and Everett Young of Patterson Mill won the pole vault.

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