LANDOVER – County athletes placed first in the boys 55-meter dash and the boys’ and girls’ 55-meter hurdles and finished in the top three for several events at the Montgomery Invitational track meet Saturday.
Bullis School junior Caleb Mauney (top left) won the boys 55-meter dash finals with a time of 6.49 seconds, beating Joseph Ewan of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School (Baltimore) in second place (6.53 seconds).
Mauney said his coach told him to come up faster after the start, compared to his start during the preliminary race earlier that day.
Northwest High School Jaguar Anthony Woods placed third in the boys 55-meter dash finals (6.55 seconds).
The boys’ invitational mile race was a photo finish, with Luke Tewalt of Washington Latin Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.) winning by two-hundredths of a second, in four minutes and 24.02 seconds. Walter Johnson Wildcat senior Rodrigo Yepez-Lopez (4:24.04) took second place, beating his previous all-time personal record of 4:39.
Yepez-Lopez (bottom left) said he was going to run slow during the beginning, and started the race running in last place. He said he noticed a pack was forming, and decided to make his way forward and run with the pack. He made his way to the front, and then with about 100 meters to go, he broke away from the group, running a little faster. During the final 10 meters, Tewalt caught up to him, and then won.
In the girls’ 55-meter dash, Jada Seaman of McDonogh School placed first, with a time of 7.03 seconds, followed by Jordan Braxton of Riverdale Baptist School in second (7.09 seconds) and Northwest Lady Jaguar Taylor Wright (7.23 seconds).
Amadou Silimana (Watkins Mill High School) finished in first for the boys’ 55-meter hurdle finals, with a time of 7.78 seconds. Westlake High’s Duane Kizer (7.82) finished second, and Gaithersburg High School’s Zachary Jones finished third (8 seconds flat).
Silimana (top right) said he believed the reason he finished faster in the finals compared to the preliminary race was that he kept his head down slightly longer after the start of the race. He said he kept his head down for the first two steps after the starting gun went off.
The senior, said he beat his old personal record in the finals race after matching it in the preliminary race (7.82 seconds).
Two county hurdlers placed in the top three for the girls’ 55-meter hurdle finals. Erin Palmer of Patapsco High School finished first, with a time of 8.69 seconds. Jordyn Jeffers (8.76 seconds) of Bullis, and Deborah Gnoumou (bottom right) , (8.8 seconds) of Seneca Valley High School, finished in second and third place respectively.