Pasadena’s track and field athletes made their presence felt at the Anne Arundel County indoor championships on January 22, with the Eagles and Cougars both producing a handful of scoring performances at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex and the Eagles producing a pair of individual champs.
Chesapeake’s boys came in fifth in an extremely competitive team field, and the Cougar girls placed sixth. Northeast’s girls placed eighth, and the Eagle boys finished 10th; Severna Park’s girls and South River’s boys both claimed county championships for the third straight season.
Highlights of the day came from a pair of county champions in Northeast’s Josh Krcik and Christal Pommells, and the Northeast girls winning 4x200 relay team of Somorha Smith, Kamryn Johnson, Kiersten Lamke and Pommells.
Pommells, a sophomore, holds the fastest-girl-in-the-county honor this winter after winning the 55 meter dash in 7.49 seconds.
“It feel really great, you know, because I go to practice and put the hard work in, a lot of work with my coaches, and it feel nice that I went out there and put my skills to work,” said Pommells, who was also runner-up in the 300 and was a member of Northeast’s 4x200 relay team. “I just feel really blessed to come out here and be the champ.”
She said the camaraderie of the Eagles is a factor in their success on race day.
“It feels nice, we all bring the good vibes to practice, help each other, make sure we’re all on our best, tell us ‘don’t stress in the relay.’ Good confidence.”
Krcik, a senior, ran the 55 hurdles in 8.24 seconds, winning the individual county crown by leading from the first hurdle after getting a great start off the block. He accounted for all of Northeast’s 10 team points and also was a member of Northeast’s 4x200 relay team that included Riley Pitt, Carlton McClain and Myles Macon; the team won the race on the track but subsequently suffered a disqualification due to a handoff violation.
In addition to Pommells’ scoring events and the Eagles’ winning 4x200 team, Johnson placed third in the 55 dash for the Eagles to account for their 34 team points.
Leading the way for the Chesapeake boys was John Yayi-Bondje, who placed third in the 500 meter dash with a strong time of 1:10.22 and fifth in the 800 for a combined 10 of his team’s 32 total points. Colton Spangler placed second in high jump, clearing 6 feet and banking eight team points. Hunter Davis placed sixth in the 300 meter dash. Garrett Bivens earned three points in a stacked 1600 field by placing sixth in 4:45.83.
For the Cougar girls, Maria Hrytsyshyna narrowly missed becoming county champion in high jump, clearing 4 feet, 8 inches to come in as runner-up to Arundel’s Nina Crenshaw (4 feet, 10 inches). Alexis Myers took third in pole vault, clearing 7 feet, 6 inches, and Elizabeth Beraducci placed sixth. Sarah Cuttler placed third in shot put, throwing 30 feet, 0.75 inches. Sam Leo and Brooke Hurst placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 500, one of the deepest and most competitive events of the night, won by South River’s Bronwyn Patterson. Leo also placed fifth in triple jump, leaping 32 feet. Bailey Healy continued her precocious freshman athletic year by earning a spot in the 1600 final and placing seventh in 5:37.60, a full four seconds faster than her seed time of 5:41.82.