From Staff Reports
BALTIMORE — A host of local athletes, including five individual region champions and five region champion relay teams, will have their sights set on state titles this weekend at the Maryland Track and Field State Championships at Morgan State University.
The Class 1A championships begin today at 4 p.m., and continue Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Local athletes qualified for the state meet based on results of last week’s West regional at Mountain Ridge. The top four places in the regional, plus any others who beat established qualifying times or distances, earned the right to compete at the state meet.
The local school that had the most athletes qualify for the state meet was Mountain Ridge. The Miners girls team was runner-up in the region and the boys team was third.
Qualifiers are listed by event in today’s Scoreboard section.
Molly Offstein and Madison Offstein qualified for the state meet by winning individual events at the regional and running on winning relay teams.
Molly Offstein won the 400-meter dash (59.55) and Madison Offstein won the 800-meter run with a school record time of 2:20.96 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the state.
Allegany’s Kylan O’Baker earned a state berth by winning the region title in the discus.
All four Mountain Ridge teams head to the state meet as region champions, including the 800 team of Madison Offstein, Casey Felker, Aleks Knepper and Erica Wilson, which is unbeaten and ranked No. 3 in the state.
The 400 team of Felker, Molly Offstein, Wilson and Madison Offstein is ranked No. 2 in the state and finished third last year.
Also advancing as region champions were the 100 relay team of Haylee Wilson, Madison Poland, Samantha Sines and Rachel Ridenour, and the 200 team of Poland, Leslie Metz, Sines and Ridenour.
Mountain Ridge’s Brandon Redmond and Fort Hill’s Ty Johnson head the local athletes at the boys state meet.
Redmond, who was fourth in the state in the 800 last year, qualified for this year’s states in two individual events and is on two relay teams. He was the region champion in the 800-meter run (2:00.39) and also qualified in the 1600 by placing fourth.
Redmond, Andrea Angella, Canyon Lohnas and James Kirk were region champs in the 800 relay. Redmond and the 400 relay team qualified as region runners-up.
Johnson also will be competing in two individual events and two relays. He was the region champ in the 100-meter dash (11.22) and also qualified in by placing third in the 300-meter hurdles. Johnson is also a member of the Fort Hill 100 and 200 relay teams that qualified for the state meet.