Elkton boys capture second at 2A East Region Championships
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.