Elk­ton boys cap­ture sec­ond at 2A East Re­gion Cham­pi­onships

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

A strong show­ing on the fi­nal day of the 2A East Re­gion Track and Field Cham­pi­onships de­liv­ered the Elk­ton boys’ team a place near the top of the stand­ings.

Ahead by only three points over host Kent Is­land en­ter­ing Mon­day, the Golden Elks ral­lied to earn 13 points and hold off the Buc­ca­neers to earn a sec­ond-place fin­ish.

Elk­ton com­bined to take first or sec­ond place in eight events to fin­ish with 99 points, while Kent Is­land ended the three-day tour­na­ment with 87 points. North Caro­line won the re­gion meet with 135 points.

Raiquon Estep took first in the triple jump (44-0.5) on Mon­day and earned sec­ond in the long jump and Zyphere Ruf­fin placed first in the 400-me­ter dash (53.27) and added a sec­ond-place re­sult in the 200-me­ter dash, while the team pro­duced a win in the 4x100-me­ter re­lay. Elk­ton also earned sec­ond­place re­sults from Malachi Peter­son (800-me­ter run), Kyair Cook (high jump) and Ray John­son (pole vault).

The Elks’ Peter Olakunle (100-me­ter dash), Jashaun Stalk (400-me­ter dash), Ge­orge Davis (pole vault) and Lewis Leighton (dis­cus) all record fourth-place fin­ishes to ad­vance to states.

“It was very im­pres­sive. In a per- fect world I thought we could take first place, but look­ing at how the scores went, North Caro­line went out there and re­ally took it from ev­ery­body else and ran with it,” Elk­ton coach Paul Rig­gio said. “Ev­ery­where we were good, [North Caro­line] was good, as well. It was re­ally com­pet­i­tive. I’m proud of my boys.”

Ko­bie Matthew’s vic­tory in the 100-me­ter dash (11.39) high­lighted a strong tour­na­ment for the North East boys, who ended in fifth with 61 points.

The In­di­ans’ Alec Preisch earned sec­ond in the shot put and third in the dis­cus, Nathan Gal­loway placed fourth in the 3,200-me­ter run and Con­nor Ye­d­i­nak ended fourth in the shot put, while the team also recorded sec­ond-place fin­ishes in both the 4x100- and 4x400-me­ter re­lays to round out the ath­letes bound for the state meet.

The top four fin­ish­ers in each event qual­ify for the 2A State Cham­pi­onships, which are sched­uled for this Thurs­day and Satur­day at Mor­gan State Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more.

On the girls’ side, the In­di­ans earned a vic­tory in the 2A East Cham­pi­onships from Sarah Ku­bat (dis­cus, 88-0). Her team­mate, Bri­ana Bruckart, placed sec­ond in the long jump on Mon­day as the In­di­ans recorded the top score among Cecil County teams with 46 points.

Ris­ing Sun also ex­pe­ri­enced a strong day on Mon­day, as Bryce Cal­houn pushed through to states with a fourth-place fin­ish in the triple jump. The Tigers also cap­tured third in the 4x100-me­ter re­lay en route to 43 team points.

The Ris­ing Sun girls se­cured 40.99 points as Danielle Lee ad­vanced to states with a fourth-place fin­ish in the 800-me­ter run, while a trio of re­lay teams also punched their tick­ets to Mor­gan State. The 4x100-me­ter re­lay fin­ished fourth and both the 4x400-and the 4x800me­ter re­lays cap­tured third place for the Tigers.

Elk­ton’s Vanessa Dunn also ad­vanced to states af­ter she placed third in the dis­cus.

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