Elk­ton boys, Per­ryville girls win Ce­cil County In­vite

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

— The Elk­ton boys’ team en­tered the 2016 Ce­cil County Track and Field In­vi­ta­tional know­ing that its short-handed lineup had to max­i­mize the points scored if it wanted to beat the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Golden Elks did just that Tues­day at Ris­ing Sun, edg­ing the sec­ond-place host Tigers by three points to take home the boys’ crown.

“Right now, we do have a limited ros­ter, es­pe­cially at the top. We have strong one or two ath­letes that can take ei­ther first, sec­ond or third place in most of the events,” Elk­ton coach Paul Rig­gio said. “To be able to win with­out depth, it shows that our po­ten­tial was there.”

The Elks won six events, placed sec­ond three times and cap­tured third place five times en route to 86 points. Raiquon Estep and Zyphere Ruf­fin led the way with two vic­to­ries each.

Ruf­fin won the 200 and 400 meter dashes, while Estep took home first place in the long jump and triple jump.

NORTH EAST

Elk­ton sopho­more Raiquon Estep hits the sand af­ter a jump dur­ing the Ce­cil County Track and Field In­vi­ta­tional at Ris­ing Sun on Tues­day. Estep cap­tured first place in both the triple and long jumps to help power the Golden Elks to a top team fin­ish on the boys’ side.

Elk­ton also earned vic­to­ries from Kyair Cook in the high jump and Peter Olakunle in the 100-meter dash.

“It feels re­ally good. It’s some­thing good for me. It shows how good I can be,” said Olakunle, who also added a third-place re­sult in the 200-meter dash.

The Tigers’ sec­ond place fin­ish was pow­ered by 12 podium fin­ishes, in­clud­ing a vic­tory by Noah Ul­rich in the pole vault and a team tri­umph in the 4x200-meter re­lay.

In the girls’ com­pe­ti­tion, 11 vic­to­ries, six sec­ond­place re­sults and three third-place fin­ishes pow­ered Per­ryville to 146 points and a first-place fin­ish. The Pan­thers de­feated sec­ond-place Ris­ing Sun by 50 points.

Alysa Con­way scored four vic­to­ries for Per­ryville, win­ning the triple jump and the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, while Au­tumn Es- tep took home first place in the 100- and 300-meter hur­dles.

While se­cur­ing the Candy Bucket — the award given to the win­ning team — proved to be a nice honor, Pan­thers coach Raissa Moore was hap­pier with the way her team has con­tin­ued to im­prove this sea­son.

“We knew com­ing into this meet that our girls were on the verge of their next good per­for­mance just on the way their train­ing was go­ing,” Moore said. “We had a meet on Satur­day and turned around two days later, and the girls were able to put up a lot of per­sonal best per­for­mances to­day. More so than win­ning, we’re just happy with the im­prove­ment they’ve got­ten at this point in the sea­son.”

The sec­ond-place Tigers scored four vic­to­ries on the day en route to 96 points. Team Scores: Boys: Elk­ton 86; Ris­ing Sun 83; North East 76; Bo­hemia Manor 69; Per­ryville 58.

Girls: Per­ryville 146; Ris­ing Sun 91; North East 51; Elk­ton 45; Bo­hemia Manor 39.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Per­ryville’s Au­tumn Estep com­petes in a re­lay event dur­ing the Ce­cil County Track and Field In­vi­ta­tional at Ris­ing Sun on Tues­day. The Pan­ther girls won the meet.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

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