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Indoor Track: 4A/3A state championship wrap-up

Aurieyall Scott showed an uncharacteristic bit of emotion after crossing the line in the 55-meter dash Tuesday at the Maryland 4A/3A state championships. The typically reserved Eleanor Roosevelt senior pumped her arm and screamed after her state-record time froze on the big board. Scott had broken seven seconds, a rarefied time, for the second time in an afternoon.

“I’m just happy,” Scott said. “I wanted to break seven for the longest.”

Scott, who was the No. 1 overall seed entering the race, ran 6.92 in the 4A semifinals, the third fastest time in the country this season. In the 300 earlier, she won in 38.83, the sixth fastest time in the country.

Scott got the better of Northwest junior Olivia Ekpone in both races, but not by much. Ekpone took silver in the 55 (6.97) and the 300 (39.05) and both of her times rank seventh in the country this season.

Scott said the recent snowstorms didn’t take her off her game much and Tuesday’s performances proved that. She said she ran back and forth on the shoveled sidewalk in front of her apartment building and did core work that included jumping jacks to maintain fitness.

There were several other noteworthy performances that I didn’t get to mention in Tuesday’s story. While Scott had the fastest girls’ sprint times of the day, Thomas Johnson senior Stephanie Bryan owned the fastest time of the day in two separate distance events. She had dominating victories in the 4A 1,600 (5:03.22) and 3,200 (11:09.03). Bryan won the longer race by 30 seconds.

Thomas Johnson senior Marquis Woodyard clapped his hands after crossing the line in the 55 hurdles, then waited for his winning time to materialize on the board. After seeing 7.41 seconds flash, he fell to the ground. He’d missed the state record by .01 of a second.

Moments later, Woodyard ran over to a nearby Ronnie Beard and bear-hugged him. Beard set the state record in 2003, coaches at rival school Tuscarora and occasionally offers Woodyard pointers on technique.

“I thought I had it,” said Woodyard, clinching his fists and a smile on his face.

Northern junior Ryan O’Connor won two gold medals, taking the 4A 800 (1:59.47) and 1,600 (4:25.85).

Mount Hebron senior Becky Yep was favored to win two titles but a stomach virus forced her to pull out of the 3A 1,600. She took the track for the 3,200 and labored the 16 laps around the track before winning in 11:42.53.

“I had to do it for my girls,” Yep said. “They were counting on me.”

By Carl Little  |  February 25, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
Categories:  Eleanor Roosevelt , Maryland , Mount Hebron , Northern , Northwest , Thomas Johnson  
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