Cam­bridge SD Ko­let­sky takes fifth at states

Mid-Shore nets a wealth of run­ner­sup at state meet

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

BAL­TI­MORE — Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester’s Matt Ko­let­sky was even with the field as it came off the turn in the 1A boys’ 400 me­ters, be­fore fin­ish­ing fifth in 51.50. North­west­ern’s Ajahn Venry won in 50.71.

“He’s be­come a great leader; he’s be­come a great ex­am­ple for the boys,” Cam­bridge-SD head coach Lois Narr said of Ko­let­sky, who also placed fifth in the 800 with a 2:00.85. “He’s our cap­tain, and he’s a true cap­tain. He’s given 110 per­cent in work­outs. He’s al­ways pos­i­tive. And to­day in this heat, he’s given 110 per­cent to his race. It didn’t re­ally work out for him to­day, but I could see he gave it every­thing.”

North Caroline High’s Emily Lewis may re­mem­ber her first state meet with a smile af­ter her sec­ond-place fin­ish in the 300 in­ter­me­di­ate hur­dles.

North Caroline’s Jamion Franklin may re­flect fondly on his sopho­more year at states, af­ter un­load­ing a school-record and ca­reerbest throw on his final at­tempt in the dis­cus to take run­ner-up hon­ors.

But the mem­o­ries from this year’s state track and field cham­pi­onships Satur­day at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity’s oven-like Hughes Sta­dium may linger with Colonel Richard­son High’s Eric Joseph longer than any­one else. Joseph was beaten by a frac­tion of a sec­ond in the Class 1A boys’ 100-me­ter final, then got edged at the fin­ish line by a sliver a sec­ond time by Brunswick’s Erik Jones in the 1A 4x100 re­lay, leav­ing him with a pair of run­nerup fin­ishes and pos­si­ble mo­ti­va­tion for next year.

“The kid that beat him, he was there last year, and I think he lost the same way Eric lost this year to him,” Colonel Richard­son head coach James Jack­son said of Jones.

Joseph got off to a poor start in the 100-me­ter final, but re­cov­ered to close on Jones, only to get nipped at the fin­ish line — Jones clock­ing a win­ning 11.12 sec­onds to Joseph’s 11.22.

“I had a ter­ri­ble start but I’ve got good ac­cel­er­a­tion so I came back up,” Joseph said. “I al­most passed the kid at first, but then he kind of got me a lit­tle bit to­ward the end.”

Joseph and Jones du­eled a sec­ond time about five hours later on the an­chor leg of the 4x100. Colonel’s third leg, Stan­ley Pier­reLouis, may have held a slight lead when he handed the ba­ton to Joseph. It didn’t take long be­fore Joseph and Jones were again side by side. But half­way down the straight­away, Joseph said he felt a

twinge in the ham­string that dropped him to the ground at the fin­ish line of last week’s 1A East Re­gion pre­lim­i­nar­ies in the 200.

Joseph and Jones actually rubbed into each over the final 10 me­ters be­fore Jones out­leaned Joseph, who crossed the fin­ish line then fell on the track. Brunswick won in 44.29, while Colonel’s Cloder­son Charles, Robert Thomp­son, Pierre-Louis and Joseph were sec­ond in 44.37.

“I had him un­til my leg started tug­ging to­ward the mid­dle of the (straight­away),” Joseph said. “I tried to push through it so we could get first, but we ended up get­ting sec­ond. I’ll get it next year def­i­nitely.”

What Colonel Richard­son did get was a fourth­place fin­ish in the 1A boys’ com­pe­ti­tion with 45 points, fin­ish­ing be­hind cham­pion Fair­mont Heights (96), Smiths­burg (63) and North­ern Gar­rett (56).

“For this team, fin­ish­ing fourth over­all? I wasn’t ex­pect­ing that,” Jack­son said. “(That’s not bad) for a small team from a small school. But I had a pretty bril­liant type of group of guys. They worked hard all year.”

Colonel’s sur­prise fin­ish was boosted by its 4x400 re­lay (Brock­man Har­ris, Richard­son Rene, Pier­reLouis, Mar­cus John­son) plac­ing third in 3:34.10, sopho­more Dar­rion Speller’s fifth-place in the 110 high hur­dles (16.70) and sixth-place in the triple jump, and Charles’ fifth­place ef­fort in the triple jump — both jump­ing 40 feet, 9¼ inches.

Notes: North Caroline’s girls’ 4x400 re­lay of Katie Saathoff, Kyra Schul­ties, Lewis and Lizzy Wal­ston fin­ished fifth in a school­record 4:06.44. … Cam­bridge-SD’s Ian Ma­son was fifth in the 1A boys’ pole vault (11-6). … North Caroline’s An­ton Black was sixth in the 2A boys’ 200 me­ters (23.21). … Cam­bridge-SD’s Trevor Good­win was 10th in the 1A boys’ 1,600 (4:43.51). ... North Dorch­ester’s Ja­maya Con­away was sixth in the 1A girls’ 100 hur­dles (18.09) . ... Kent County’s Ka­reem Perkins fin­ished third in the 1A boys’ triple jump (41-5¾) . ... Queen Anne’s Keashia John­son (26.75) was eighth in the 2A girls’ 200.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Cam­bridge-SD’s Matt Ko­let­sky, left, runs the an­chor leg on the boys’ 3,200-me­ter re­lay Thurs­day dur­ing the 1A state track and field cham­pi­onships. Ko­let­sky teamed with Ben Corn­well, Con­nor McCroy and Trevor Good­win to fin­ish fifth.

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