The Broadneck Indoor Track and Field team had a night full of agony and ecstasy at the 4A State Championship meet Tuesday night. The meet saw two individual athletes win a championship, several season-best performances, and a heart-breaking disqualification take an official state championship away from a relay team.
Congratulations go out to Elian Ahmar for winning the Boys Shot Put with a throw of 56 feet-9.5 inches. Elian made his championship-winning throw, his best throw of the season, immediately after an opponent had thrown his season best to take the lead. This was only the 2nd full season of track and field for Elian so his win caps a remarkable rise to the top of the event.
Jaren Baluyot won the Boys Pole Vault after a dramatic jump-off with his rival vaulter from Urbana. It took 7 jumps beyond their tie to break the deadlock and give Jaren his 4th straight state title (2016 Outdoor, 2017 Indoor, 2017 Outdoor, 2018 Indoor).
Also competing in the pole vault, Ben Switzman finished the meet in 9th place with a vault of 11-0. Julia Cates and Amanda Nash tied for 9th place with a height of 7-6.
On the girls’ side, the Janke sisters continued to dazzle with their speed and their resilience. Olivia finished 2nd in the 3200 meter run, running a season-best time of 11:01.36. Anna scored in both the 1600 and the 800, finishing 4th in the 1600 (5:14.54, a season-best) and 7th in the 800 (2:24.49).
To the girls credit, they accomplished these time and finishes after sustaining an almost unimaginably painful result in the 4×800 meter relay. Anna had led the race off with a phenomenal leg that had our team in first place. Madison Palmer got the baton and ran a season-best time, a 7-second PR, and the gutsiest race of her life to reclaim the lead heading into the exchange. Maddy Hurley fought tooth-and-nail, also running a PR time before turning the race over to Olivia. When the race was over Olivia had run a 2:21 leg and held off South River by a margin of just .03 seconds. The girls were the champions… for about 5 minutes. A questionable judgement call, by an official who was not in a good position to make the call he made, claimed that the 2nd exchange took place while one of our runners was off the track and disqualified the team. So while the officials did what they could to take away our medals and place in the results, the runners, the coaches, everyone at the meet and anyone who sees the video can plainly tell that Broadneck had the best 4×800 meter relay in the state last night, a knowledge and an accomplishment that no one can take away from us.
While all of the drama surrounding the girls’ relay was unfolding, the Boys 4×800 relay team of Brady Morrissey, Brennan Shute, Jonah Svendsen and Spencer Tate ran their best time of the season, 8:27.12, to take 6th place, one spot ahead of Severna Park. Later in the meet Spencer Tate ran his season-best 1600-meter run (4:34.92) to take 12th place. Spencer joined Brady, Gage Moye and Keegan Houser on the 4×400 relay, the night’s final event, to finish in 11th place.
In the team standings, the boys continued their streak of top-10 finishes, scoring 23 points for a 7th place overall finish. Broadneck’s boys were the highest finisher of any Anne Arundel County 4A schools, ahead of South River (18 points), Arundel and Meade (11 points) and Severna Park (7 points). The girls team took 11th place overall with 15 total points.
You can read the Capital-Gazette coverage of the meet HERE