Goodwin wins 1,600, CSD relay takes 3,200 title
North Caroline sweeps Baysides
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.