Good­win wins 1,600, CSD re­lay takes 3,200 ti­tle

North Caro­line sweeps Bay­sides

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Cam­bridge-SD’s Matt Ko­let­sky joined Ben Corn­well, Con­nor McCroy and Trevor Good­win on the Vik­ings’ win­ning 3,200 re­lay (8:32.51), then posted vic­to­ries in the 400 (50.96) and 800 (2:02.09). Good­win stayed with the pack early in the 1,600, then gained sep­a­ra­tion and never sur­ren­dered the lead en route to a first-place time of 4:45.79.

CAM­BRIDGE— Ever ything hasn’t ex­actly fallen into place for North Caro­line High’s out­door track and field teams this year.

Stand­outs who fig­ured to be ma­jor con­trib­u­tors for the girls’ and boys’ teams didn’t have those im­pacts for a slew of rea­sons. And while those miss­ing pieces may have cost the Bull­dogs depth, they didn’t pre­vent North Caro­line from sweep­ing the boys’ and girls’ team ti­tles for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year at the Bay­side Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships on a gray and blus­tery Thurs­day at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s Vik­ings Sta­dium.

“They’re fight­ers,” said Caro­line boys’ head coach Rob Thomas, whose team amassed 139 points to fin­ish well in front of run­ner-up Kent Is­land (78.5). “We had some good se­nior lead­er­ship that wanted to go out on top. Der­rick Adams kind of pulled the boys to­gether and had a talk with them. He wanted to go out on top and he pretty much told them he needed their help.” He got it. North Caro­line’s Jamion Franklin won the shot put (50 feet, 4 inches), then out­du­eled Eas­ton’s John Kerns to win the dis­cus (139-7) to de­fend his ti­tles in both events.

“Be­ing the best thrower you al­ways go last,” Franklin said. “So you just have to watch ev­ery­body, and once you get a good one out there ev­ery­body’s just af­ter you.”

Franklin didn’t shoul­der the load by him­self, though. Devin Robin­son cleared 13 feet to win the pole vault. An­ton Black, de­spite a in­jured an­kle, won the high jump (6 feet). Christo­pher Hale and Melvin Umana won the 110- and 300-me­ter hur­dle crowns, re­spec­tively. And the 800 re­lay of Black, David Bai­ley, Adams and Tay Potts clocked a first-place 1:34.83.

“This year we were miss­ing a bunch of peo­ple; we had some holes,” said Bull­dogs’ girls’ head coach Glen White­ley, whose team edged sec­ond-place Kent Is­land by a 7½-point mar­gin. “As al­ways, Kent Is­land’s got a great coach­ing staff and tal­ented kids. They usu­ally have more kids than us, so we knew it was go­ing to be tighter this year.” It was. North Caro­line out­dis­tanced run­ner-up Cam­bridge-SD by 61 points at last year’s cham­pi­onships. The Bull­dogs fin­ished with just one in­di­vid­ual cham­pion, with Katie Saathoff clearing the bar at 9-3 to win the pole vault ti­tle. But the 3,200 re­lay of Megan Han­negan, Sa­van­nah Her­bert, Kyra Schul­ties and Chris­tine Sturm won the day’s first event in 10:22.20, and the 1,600 re­lay of Emily

Lewis, Saathoff, Schul­ties and Lizzy Wal­ston won the fi­nal girls’ race of the day with a 4:17.90 to ce­ment the ti­tle.

“Half­way through the sea­son we were kind of doubt­ing a lit­tle bit, just be­cause of what we were miss­ing and see­ing what they had with their dis­tance group,” White­ley said of Kent Is­land. “But it was great. I asked them to step it up today and they did.”

Kent Is­land got a huge per­for­mance from Emma Tvelia, who surged at the fin­ish line to win the 400 (1:02.24), ral­lied past Eas­ton’s Kathryn Gearhart to win the 800 (2:25.23), and placed third in the 1,600.

“I made it by a hair,” Tvelia said of her fin­ish in the 400. “It was a re­ally slow race. I got off to a re­ally slow start; they were all ahead of me at the 150 mark. So then I knew I had to pick it up in the last few hun­dred. And that’s what hap­pened. At the end they all started slow­ing down and I just pulled it out in the last cou­ple of sec­onds.”

In her first year run­ning track, Gearhart logged a run­ner-up in the 800 (2:26.81) af­ter win­ning the 1,600 (5:12.87) and the 3,200, where she set a new con­fer­ence mark of 11:16.74, shat­ter­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 11:32.21 set by Cam­bridge-SD’s Jes­sica Narr two years ago.

“Def­i­nitely room for im­prove­ment,” said Gearhart of the 1,600, where she was bid­ding to break Narr’s mark of 5:06.90. “I wanted to get the record, pos­si­bly get closer to five (min­utes) but it is what it is. Not ex­actly what I had hoped for.

“In (the 3,200) I was just go­ing for the record,” Gearhart con­tin­ued. “I didn’t want to kill my­self be­cause I had the 800 next. But got the record, so that’s a plus.”

Kent Is­land’s Delia Mack de­fended her ti­tle in the girls’ high jump, clearing 4-10 to de­feat run­ner-up Kelsey Sloan of North Caro­line by two inches.

“I def­i­nitely had pres­sure. North Caro­line’s Kelsey has like pushed me all the way through this sea­son. She’s def­i­nitely helped me,” Mack said. “And also my team­mates. They all helped me push it to get to my goal.”

Cam­bridge-SD’s Matt Ko­let­sky joined Ben Corn­well, Con­nor McCroy and Trevor Good­win on the Vik­ings’ win­ning 3,200 re­lay (8:32.51), then posted vic­to­ries in the 400 (50.96) and 800 (2:02.09).

“In the four by eight I knew we were ranked 20 sec­onds ahead, so I had faith in our guys,” Ko­let­sky said. “The 400, af­ter that four by eight, I was tired. I don’t know where I got the en­ergy from. But I pulled some­thing out.”

Ko­let­sky was look­ing for some­thing un­der 2 min­utes in the 800.

“My first lap was like 55 (sec­onds) and that al­ways kills me,” Ko­let­sky said. “So I have to be 57 there. I was just tired af­ter the other two events. I’m glad I got first. I’m happy. But time-wise I’m more wor­ried about than first place.”

Good­win stayed with the pack early in the 1,600, then gained sep­a­ra­tion and never sur­ren­dered the lead en route to a first-place time of 4:45.79.

“I wanted to go out fol­low­ing some­one. I didn’t want to lead right off the bat,” Good­win said. “So I kind of tucked in be­hind Jose (Crosby) from Kent Is­land and I let him do a lit­tle bit of work. And com­ing down the last stretch for our sec­ond lap, he kind of pulled off so I just jumped ahead and never looked back.

“I had peo­ple telling me that peo­ple were com­ing,” Good­win said. “But I don’t know if that’s true or not. I just kind of went for it and … it felt re­ally good to fin­ish like that. It feels awe­some to be a cham­pion.”

Kent Is­land sopho­more Bran­don Ni­chols moved into the lead at the out­set of the 3,200 me­ters and never let go, win­ning in 10:24.53 — 20 sec­onds ahead of run­ner-up Crosby.

“My team­mate, Jose, I’ve never re­ally started out in front like this; he’s al­ways been in front of me,” Ni­chols said. “And then com­ing down to the end, I saw him like 30 me­ters be­hind me and I was think­ing, ‘I’m go­ing to slow down and he’s go­ing to speed up. He’s go­ing to pass me.’ And then the last lap I looked be­hind me and he was like 70 me­ters be­hind me.

“I’ve never had a race like this,” Ni­chols added. “I’ve never had a race where I’ve led the whole time.”

Colonel Richard­son’s Eric Joseph over­came a slow start to win the 100 me­ters in a photo fin­ish over Wi­comico’s Nathaniel Gaines, both clock­ing times of 11.18.

“I had a ter­ri­ble start com­pared to him but I caught up,” Joseph said. “I was fo­cused. I knew what I had to do. I know my abil­i­ties.”

Colonel’s 1,600 re­lay team of Tymir Foster, An­thony Har­ris, Brock­man Har­ris and Mar­cus John­son won in 3:37.63 to edge Gaines and Wi­comico by less than a sec­ond.

Notes: North Caro­line’s girls made school his­tory, win­ning the con­fer­ence ti­tle in cross coun­try and in­door and out­door track for the first time in the same school year. … James M. Ben­nett’s Jen­nica Terry won the girls’ 100 and 200 sprints, as well as the 100 hur­dles.


Cam­bridge-SD’s Matt Ko­let­sky, front cen­ter, leads the pack on the way to vic­tory in the boys’ 400 me­ters at Thurs­day’s Bay­side Con­fer­ence track and field cham­pi­onships.


Cam­bridge-SD’s Trevor Good­win works through a cor­ner dur­ing his vic­tory in the boys’ 1,600 me­ters at Thurs­day’s Bay­side Con­fer­ence track and field cham­pi­onships.

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