CSD’s Ko­let­sky wins two Bay­side ti­tles

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By WILLIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

— Matt Ko­let­sky and Bran­don Ni­chols each won a pair of ti­tles, as did Queen Anne’s County’s Keashia John­son and Kent Is­land’s Molly Con­nelly dur­ing the Wed­nes­day, Jan. 18, Bay­side Con­fer­ence in­door track and field cham­pi­onships at the Worces­ter Recre­ation Cen­ter.

Cam­bridge-SD, in its first sea­son run­ning in­door track, was led by Ko­let­sky, who won the 500 (1:09.66) and 800 (2:11.23), and was sec­ond in the 300 (37.76). Queen Anne’s Cordell Rogers won the 300 in 37.10.

— Matt Ko­let­sky and Bran­don Ni­chols each won a pair of ti­tles, as did Queen Anne’s County’s Keashia John­son and Kent Is­land’s Molly Con­nelly.

Cam­bridge-SD, in its first sea­son run­ning in­door track, was led by Ko­let­sky, who won the 500 (1:09.66) and 800 (2:11.23), and was sec­ond in the 300 (37.76). Queen Anne’s Cordell Rogers won the 300 in 37.10.

Devin Robin­son also won two ti­tles dur­ing the Wed­nes­day, Jan. 18, Bay­side Con­fer­ence in­door track and field cham­pi­onships at the Worces­ter Recre­ation Cen­ter. But North Caro­line High’s high-fly­ing se­nior was the only one of that group cel­e­brat­ing a team crown when ev­ery­thing was fi­nally tab­u­lated, as his vic­to­ries in the pole vault and high jump helped the Bull­dogs win their third straight boys’ cham­pi­onship.

James M. Ben­nett ap­peared to have won the girls’ team ti­tle by one-half point over the two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Bull­dogs, un­til it was dis­cov­ered a non-reg­u­la­tion-weighted shot had been used in the girls’ shot­put com­pe­ti­tion. As a re­sult, the girls’ shot put is sched­uled to be re-con­tested on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 25, at the fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son meet at the Worces­ter Recre­ation Cen­ter be­fore an of­fi­cial girls’ team cham­pion is de­clared.

“There was a shot that was un­der weight that was be­ing used by mul­ti­ple girls,” meet di­rec­tor Chris Okerblom said. “And there’s not a dis­tinct de­ter­mi­na­tion as to who [used it] be­cause they ro­tate the shots through. It was brought to the of­fi­cial’s at­ten­tion be­fore the fin­ish of that event. So those scores can’t be valid if they’re us­ing an un­of­fi­cially weighted shot.”

Okerblom said the shot was a pound un­der, and that not every com­peti­tor used the shot.

“If it was one shot and ev­ery­body used it, you could use those team scores. But it wasn’t ev­ery­body that used it,” Okerblom said.

Only the girls in yes­ter­day’s com­pe­ti­tion can com­pete next week. Okerblom said no team can place a new par­tic­i­pant in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The girls’ meet fig­ured to be a four-way bat­tle be­tween North Caro­line, Kent Is­land, Queen Anne’s and J.M. Ben­nett. Each of those teams had their share of in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­ons.

John­son won the girls’ 55- and 300-me­ter ti­tles in times of 7.47 sec­onds and 43.14, re­spec­tively, while team­mate She­qoya Moore was fourth in both events.

North Caro­line got first-place fin­ishes from Katie Saathoff in the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches), Kelsey Sloan (4-10) in the high jump, and Lizzie Wal­ston, who fin­ished sec­ond in the 500 me­ters (1:23.47), but was de­clared the win­ner af­ter Ben­nett’s Ash­ley Wool­fork was ruled to have cut in too early from her start­ing lane.

Ben­nett, which was bid­ding for its first girls’ team ti­tle since 2007 — the last in a string of five straight cham­pi­onships — won the 4x200 and 4x400 re­lays, and got a vic­tory from Jen­nica Terry in the 55-me­ter hur­dles.

Kent Is­land was with­out mid­dledis­tance run­ner Amanda Fine and Kelly Poole, the de­fend­ing 55 and 300 cham­pion; both were out with in­juries, ac­cord­ing to head coach Justin Hol­land. But the Bucs got a huge lift from Con­nelly, who bat­tled Snow Hill’s Emily McAl­lis­ter be­fore pulling away to win the 1,600 (5:29.90), then dom­i­nated the 3,200, win­ning in a con­fer­ence-record 11:46.70, eclips­ing the mark of 11:54.80 set by Stephen De­catur’s Lyn­d­sey Chete­lat in 2008.

Robin­son won the boys’ pole vault in 11 feet, with team­mate Will Sa­muels plac­ing sec­ond at 10-6. Robin­son then shifted over to the high jump, where he cleared 5-10 — beat­ing run­ner-up Wyatt Davy of Stephen De­catur by 2 inches. Christo­pher Hale clocked an 8.74 to win the 55 hur­dles.

“Again, they were num­ber one pretty much all sea­son,” North Caro­line head coach Glen White­ley said of his boys’ team. “It’s just we had to PR [hit per­sonal-records] to keep it close. A lot of these kids did good to­day, but again, we had the num­bers on the boys’ side.”

Ni­chols du­eled team­mate Erick Sanchez for the bet­ter part of the 1,600 me­ters be­fore gain­ing sep­a­ra­tion in the sec­ond-to-last lap and win­ning in 4:49.50 — 3 sec­onds ahead of run­ner-up Sanchez. He then swapped leads with Sanchez and Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Con­nor McCroy and Trevor Good­win through the first half of the 3,200 be­fore again pulling away late for a first-place mark of 10:31.70.

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