Elkton boys, Perryville girls win Cecil County Invite
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.
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.
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.