The Dundalk track and field program had never had an athlete win more than one medal in individual events at the state outdoor track and field championships.
This year, the Owls had two such athletes.
One of them, junior Taishaun Craddock, is The Eagle’s Male Spring Athlete of the Season.
Craddock actually came home with three medals from the Class 3A State Track and Field championships. In addition to finishing second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles, he anchored the 800-relay team to a bronze medal.
He’s the first Owl athlete to win three medals at a state championship meet since David Cole won two golds and a silver at the 1980 indoor track state championships.
Craddock also anchored the 400 relay team. It didn’t medal, but still finished a respectable eighth in the state.
The hardware haul from the state championships capped a tremendous season for Craddock.
Starting the season at the Baltimore County Class 3A/4A Division meet, Craddock won the 300 hurdles and anchored the winning 400 and 1,600 relays.
At the prestigious Pikesville Track Classic, Craddock won the 300 hurdles and anchored the second-place 400 relay.
Craddock won the 300 hurdles at the Gator Invitational at Reservoir High, while taking second in the 110 hurdles and anchoring the 800 and 400 relays that finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
During the Eastside Last Chance Meet, Craddock won the 110 hurdles and the long jump, and anchored the winning 800 relay team.
The Owls also participated in the Clash of Baltimore track meet at New Town High, where Craddock won the 110 hurdles and finished second in the 300 hurdles while anchoring the 400 relay to a second-place finish.
Craddock won the 300 hurdles at the Baltimore County championships and finished third in the 110 hurdles. He anchored the winning 400 relay.
He brought home four first-place finishes at the Class 3A North region championships, winning both the 110 and 300 hurdles and anchoring the winning 400 and 800 relays.
Craddock’s best time in the 110 hurdles was 14.55, while his 300 hurdles best was 38.95.
Hamby was also considered for Male Athlete of the Season.
In addition to his medals at the Class 3A state championships, the highlights of Hamby’s season included winning the discus at the Class 3A North Region championships and taking second in the shotput; winning the discus at the county championships and finishing third in the shotput; winning the discus and taking third in the shot at the Clash of Baltimore; and winning the shotput and finishing second in the discus at the Eastside Last Chance meet.
Hamby’s best distance in the shotput was 52-1.5 and his best discus throw was 147-2, both at the state championship meet.
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