State Cham­pi­ons

Ko­let­sky wins 800, teams with Good­win, Tay­lor, McCroy to win 4x800 re­lay crown

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

The Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School in­door track 4x800 re­lay team won the Class 1A state cham­pi­onship Mon­day. Feb 20. The team fea­tures Matt Ko­let­sky, left, Trevor Good­win, Car­son Tay­lor and Con­nor McCroy. Ko­let­sky also won an in­di­vid­ual state ti­tle in the 800. For the story,

— Pres­i­dents’ Day 2017 will be re­mem­bered fondly by Matt Ko­let­sky and his fel­low Vik­ing run­ners.

Ko­let­sky an­chored Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High’s win­ning boys’ 4x800-me­ter re­lay Mon­day af­ter­noon and later raced to an in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­onship in the 800 me­ters to high­light the Mid-Shore show­ing at the Class 1A state in­door track and field cham­pi­onships at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports & Learn­ing Com­plex.

Ko­let­sky over­took and held off a chal­lenge by Fair­mont Heights’ Tyreke Thomp­son on the fi­nal straight­away as the Vik­ings won the 4x800 re­lay with a time of 8 min­utes, 32.34 sec­onds. Trevor Good­win, Car­son Tay­lor, and Con­nor McCroy teamed with Ko­let­sky on the cham­pi­onship re­lay. Fair­mont Heights, which had the fastest seed time, fin­ished sec­ond by 39 hun­dredths of a sec­ond.

The Vik­ings bested their seed time by nearly 45 sec­onds, ben­e­fit­ing from the re­turn on an in­jured re­lay mem­ber.

“I think the win was big­ger for all of us than it nor­mally would be be­cause this is our first year of in­door track,” Ko­let­sky said. “And it took a lot, be­cause a lot of peo­ple didn’t want us to have a team. So it meant more to us than any­thing. I was a lit­tle wor­ried. We were in sec­ond place by a big mar­gin. Car­son Tay­lor had got­ten the ba­ton and he brought us back some, and I think the kid who was ahead of me, he was prob­a­bly 10 me­ters ahead, just look­ing from be­hind, I knew I was com­ing back on him. I had so much adrenalin pump­ing, I was get­ting it. I was get­ting it done.”

“It was awe­some,” Vik­ings boys head coach John Shaw said. “The kids ran how we knew that they could. They ran how they did to­wards the be­gin­ning of the sea­son be­fore one of our sopho­mores was out with a bro­ken toe. He got cleared last week and he ran how he knew he should and they were able to pull it off. Matt Ko­let­sky did a great job clos­ing in the end. That was their best time, ac­cord­ing to my clock, by four sec­onds. It was a four-sec­ond PR (per­sonal record) on the sea­son. It was a great day.”

With­out McCroy in the re­lay due to the in­jury, the Vik­ings weren’t able to win ei­ther a Bay­side Con­fer­ence or 1A East Re­gional ti­tle in the 4x800. Zhi­hong Pang filled in and ran well enough for the Vik­ings to qual­ify for the states. Fair­mont Heights had won the East Re­gion race with a time of 8:42.18.

Ko­let­sky, a se­nior, later con­tin­ued his suc­cess­ful af­ter­noon by win­ning the 800 with a time of 2:03.67, nip­ping Boons­boro’s Dono­van Mc­Clel­lan (2:03.99) by 32 hun­dredths of a sec­ond. Thomp­son fin­ished a close third (2:04.08). Ko­let­sky had fin­ished sec­ond in the re­gional meet, beaten by Thomp­son by 9 hun­dredths of a sec­ond.

Cam­bridge-SD’s boys placed fifth over­all with 30 team points, the high­est team fin­ish and to­tal points of Mid-Shore schools com­pet­ing in the 1A and 2A meets. Pang placed fifth in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet on his sec­ond at­tempt. Tay­lor Pohl placed sev­enth in the boys’ shot put with a dis­tance of 37 feet, 2 inches. Ja­nee Qualies fin­ished sev­enth in the girls’ 500 with a time of 1:27.71. Tay­lor took sixth in the 1,600 (5:15.01).

PHOTO BY. CHRIS KNAUSS

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Matt Ko­let­sky, left, sprints to the fin­ish line while an­chor­ing the Vik­ings’ state cham­pi­onship 4x800-me­ter re­lay Mon­day af­ter­noon at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports & Learn­ing Cen­ter in Landover.

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