Individuals from both the boys and girls sides of the indoor track and field teams at the 2013 Class 1A East Region Championships made their presence felt Monday night at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Surrattsville High School senior Makiah Green had a remarkable competition as she took home first place finishes in the 500- and 800-meter runs and came from behind on the final lap of the girls' 1,600-meter relay to propel her team to a victory in that event.
“On paper, I looked pretty good [in the 500 meters] and I knew I was in the last, fast heat and I knew I wanted to beat that [personal-best] time [1 minute, 21.17 seconds],” said Green, who won in 1:23.79. She also finished the 800 in 2:32.4 and propelled the Hornets to a 4:43.15 finish in the 1,600 relay. “I was nervous going into every race because I know I have to go out strong.”
The Surrattsville girls finished second (67 points) to region champion Perryville while the Forestville High boys also finished second to Perryville (100 points).
Leading the way for the Knights' boys was senior Shaun Allen, who won the 800-meter title in 2:12.54, led the Knights to a first place finish in the 3,200-meter relay (9:04.64) and finished second in the 1,600 meters (4:51.56).
“Coach [Austin] Gibbs is like a father toward me,” Allen said. “He's been with me since ninth grad. I listen to everything he tells me because I know he draws on his experience from the past. I know he's telling me all of the right things.”
Allen's teammate, junior Dalonte Blanchard, won the 500-meter run (1:14.49).
The Surrattsville boys' sprinting corps had a very strong afternoon, winning titles in the in 55-meter dash, 55-hurdles, 300 run, 800 relay and 1,600 relay.
Hornets' senior Kyle Hardy won the 55 hurdles (8.34 seconds). Meanwhile, Hornets' sophomore Amaru Major was very impressive in capturing the boys' 55 dash (6.91 seconds).
Major, along with Gary Brown, Marcus Leggett and Jamie Cumberbatch won the 800 relay (1:37.71).
“I don't like to lose so I go ahead and do my best and leave it all on the track,” said Major, who is in his first season on the oval after serving as the football team's starting tailback. “I'm starting to get some love for track. I know that I can run and I love the feeling of winning, so I'm into track now.”
The Hornets' tandem of Mareico Greene, Brown, Cumberbatch and Hardy captured the 1,600 relay in 3:56.53.
Back on the girls side, Fairmont Heights' Erin Early won the 55-hurdles (9.29 seconds) to advance to the state championships.
“This is actually my first time I've ever run the 55 hurdles since I've run track,” said Early. “I've come it a long way this year. My coach [Vaughn Johnson] takes it step-by-step. Hurdles, to me, is the hardest race because it's so technical. It's a lot to take in, but it's my coach who tells me to focus in.”
Forestville High senior Shatiya Johnson won the girls' shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 4.75 inches.
Forestville High senior Brandi Robinson won the girls 300 (45.24 seconds) while Surrattsville's Jasmyne Sanchious won the 55 dash (7.76 seconds).
Notable team standings
1. Perryville (80 points)
2. Surrattsville (67 points)
3. Forestville (66 points)
5. Fairmont Heights (46 points)
1. Perryville (100 points)
2. Forestville (84 points)
3. Surrattsville (75 points)
6. Fairmont Heights (35 points)
55 meters (Jasmyne Sanchious/Surrattsville; Brandi Robinson/Forestville)
500 run (Makiah Green/Surrattsville)
800 run (Makiah Green/Surrattsville)
55 hurdles (Erin Early/Fairmont Heights; Faith Taylor/Surrattsville)
Shot Put (Shatiya Johnson/Forestville)
55 meters (Amaru Major/Surrattsville)
1,600 run (Shaun Allen/Forestville)
55 hurdles (Kyle Hardy and Marcus Kane/Surrattsville)
800 relay (Surrattsville)