Cambridge SD Koletsky takes fifth at states
Mid-Shore nets a wealth of runnersup at state meet
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.
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.