Vik­ings sweep re­gion

Colonels take third place; Speller tops in 110 high hur­dles

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­

CAM­BRIDGE — Blue and gold crossed the fin­ish line first through­out the fi­nal day of the Class 1A East Re­gion track and field cham­pi­onships Satur­day at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High.

The host Vik­ings swept the boys’ and girls’ com­pe­ti­tions with per­for­mances fea­tur­ing team depth and in­di­vid­ual tal­ent.

CAM­BRIDGE — Blue and gold crossed the fin­ish line first through­out the fi­nal day of the Class 1A East Re­gion track and field cham­pi­onships Satur­day at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High.

The host Vik­ings swept the boys’ and girls’ com­pe­ti­tions with per­for­mances fea­tur­ing team depth and in­di­vid­ual tal­ent.

With 18 scored events, Cam­bridge-SD boys fin­ished with 175.5 points, fol­lowed by Snow Hill (157), Colonel Richard­son (121.5), Po­comoke (73), Washington (54), Cr­is­field (43), North Dorch­ester (36), Mardela (11), and Kent County (8).

The Vik­ings’ girls fin­ished with 213 points, fol­lowed by Snow Hill (152), Colonel Richard­son (80), North Dorch­ester (67), Po­comoke (52), Cr­is­field (40), Washington (35), and Mardela (28).

The last time Cam­bridge-SD won both re­gional ti­tles was four years ago.

“We had the tal­ent and we did the work, but we re­spected our com­peti­tors and we’re just elated that both teams came out on top,” Vik­ings head coach Dr. Lois Narr said. “There weren’t any records bro­ken to­day, but we had a lot of first fin­ish­ers like Matt Ko­let­sky in the 800, Trevor Good­win in the 16[00]. Two guys [Tajh Molock, Don­tre King] in the 4 by 1[00-me­ter re­lay] dou­bled in the 4 by 4[00-me­ter re­lay]. That’s heart, when you care enough about your team to put your­self through two races in a row.

“On the girls’ side, the girls are just so young and so tal­ented,” Narr added. “We have a lot of real good hopes for the state [meet] with re­gard to our re­lays. Our 4 by 1 and 4 by 2 are fab­u­lous.”

Po­comoke’s Clay­ton Moore won the boys’ 100-me­ter dash in 11.36 sec­onds with only 23 hun­dredths of a sec­ond sep­a­rat­ing him and sixth-place Molock of Cam­bridgeSD (11.59). North Dorch­ester’s Davion Dock­ins placed fifth (11.55). The top six in the event qual­i­fied for the state tour­na­ment by best­ing the ad­vance­ment stan­dard of 11.68.

Ac­cord­ing to Maryland Pub­lic Se­condary School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion guide­lines, the top four in­di­vid­u­als and the top four re­lays each qual­ify for the season-end­ing state meet and ath­letes can also qual­ify by meet­ing spe­cific top-end stan­dards.

Colonel Richard­son’s Dar­rion Speller won the 110 high hur­dles in 16.03 sec­onds, nip­ping C-SD’s Ja­cob New­comer (16.06) by three hun­dredths of a sec­ond.

“I have a lit­tle in­jury but I pushed through it,” Speller said. “The wind didn’t bother me ex­cept for the triple jump. The wind was against me for that.”

Speller eas­ily won the triple jump into the wind with a dis­tance of 40 feet, 10 inches. Cam­bridge-SD’s Jimmy Schulze placed sec­ond (36-11.5) and Colonel’s Cloder­son Charles was third (36.10.5).

Snow Hill’s Daimian Thorn­ton won the 200 in 22.63. North Dorch­ester’s Dock­ins fin­ished third (22.93) and C-SD’s Molock (fifth, 23.00) met the ad­vance­ment stan­dard of 23.35.

Ko­let­sky won the 400 in 51.82. Snow Hill’s Ryan Casto (52.27) placed sec­ond and Colonel’s Mar­cus John­son took third (54.43).

Ko­let­sky also eas­ily won the 800 in 2:05.69. Casto was sec­ond (2:06.4). C-SD’s Con­nor McCroy took third (2:10.18) and Good­win was fourth (2:12.35).

“It was just a cruise for me,” Ko­let­sky said. “I was just try­ing to win and qual­ify for states. My best time is 1:58, but to­day I knew the next clos­est was four sec­onds be­hind; there wasn’t much work I had to do.”

The Vik­ings went 1-2-3 in the 1,600 me­ters with Good­win first (4:47.01), McCroy sec­ond (4:51.76), and Car­son Tay­lor third (4:52.51).

Colonel Richard­son’s John­son won the 3,200 in 10:54.47. He was fol­lowed by McCroy (10:59.41) and Good­win (11:04.68).

North Dorch­ester picked up 10 points from Stephen Layton who won the dis­cus with a dis­tance of 125-1. Cam­bridge-SD’s Hunter Brown placed sec­ond (123-11).

Washington’s Joshua Sproul won the high jump with a height of 6 feet. Colonel’s Tymir Fos­ter placed fourth (5-06).

Snow Hill’s Thorn­ton won the long jump with a dis­tance of 21 feet, 3.5 inches. Speller was sec­ond (19-01) and team­mate Dakota Wil­son was third (18-09.5).

McCroy won the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, edg­ing team­mate Zhi­hong Pang (11-00) by tiebreaker. C-SD’s Ian Ma­son placed third (8-00).

Washington’s Tyler Poul­son tossed the shot put 43-½ for first place. Colonel’s RaeQuan Dodd (40-11½) took sec­ond and Eric Joseph (40-3) was third.

Colonel’s team of Charles, Speller, Fos­ter, and Jabrai Luke placed sec­ond in the 4x100 re­lay in 45.97 sec­onds. C-SD’s team of Molock, Avery Wool­ford, Danny Van­riel, and Don­tre King placed fourth (46.29). CR’s Charles, Luke, Wil­son, and Fos­ter placed third in the 4x200 in 1:35.79.

Wil­son, Luke, John­son, and Ro­mar Jones placed sec­ond in the 4x400 in 3:42.82. C-SD’s team of King, Molock, Tay­lor, and Ko­let­sky won the event in 3:37.43.

The Vik­ings fin­ished the meet with a vic­tory in the 4x800 in 8:35.46. The team con­sisted of King, Tay­lor, Ko­let­sky, and Good­win. Colonel’s team of Jaiden Down­ing, Jones, Wil­son, and John­son took third (8:49.75).

In the girls’ com­pe­ti­tion, Cam­bridge-SD’s Oyeronke Oy­erinde won the 100 in 12.91 sec­onds, ahead of Mardela’s Kayla Cook (13.06). C-SD’s Destiny Fran­tum took fourth (13.43). Cr­is­field’s Mykara Fuller won the 100 hur­dles in 17.45 ahead of team­mate Destiny Jones (17.63), CSD’s Sarah Con­don (19.28), and Colonel’s Ne­veah Gibbs (19.31).

Cam­bridge-SD’s Ja­nee Quailes, a three-time in­di­vid­ual win­ner, won the 200 (26.80) just ahead of team­mate Oy­erinde (27.08). Colonel’s Love Rene placed fourth (27.97).

“Af­ter I did the 400 I was tired,” Quailes said. “My legs were hurt­ing but af­ter I had the break my legs had stopped hurt­ing and I tried my best in the 200.”

C-SD’s Leah Kro­tee won the 300 hur­dles in 51.41 sec­onds with team­mate Jenk­ins plac­ing fourth (54.51). “I PR’d by one sec­ond,” Kro­tee said. “The wind at first was a lit­tle rough; it was in the be­gin­ning, which is good, be­cause usu­ally by the end we’re all like tired.”

Quailes won the 400 in 1:00.89 with Wongus tak­ing fourth (1:10.10). Snow Hill’s Emily McAl­lis­ter (2:32.50), also a three­time in­di­vid­ual win­ner, and Les­lie Dixon (2:38.81) placed 1-2 in the 800. CSD’s Kro­tee placed fourth (2:48.48). McAl­lis­ter eas­ily won the 1,600 in 5:31.72. Car­rie Price (6:10.87) and Niveyshka Tor­res (6:16.39) of Cam­bridge-SD took sec­ond and third. McAl­lis­ter also won the 3,200 in 13:16.14.

In the dis­cus, Snow Hill’s Imani Hasell reached 99-8 for first. North Dorch­ester’s Kal­ifa War­ren placed sec­ond (92-9). Mardela’s Cook won the high jump with a height of 4-8. Colonel’s Olivia Thomp­son (4-6) was sec­ond. C-SD’s Wongus took fourth (4-2).

North Dorch­ester’s Jas­mine Lofland reached 16 feet 10 inches to win the long jump. C-SD’s Oy­erinde placed sec­ond (16-08½) and QuaNian Quinones was third (14-09). ND’s Jer­mia Travis fin­ished fourth (1403½).

Fran­tum (7-06), Con­don (7-00), and Tor­res (7-00) placed 1-2-3 in the pole vault. Snow Hill’s Hasell won the shot put (30-2) with Colonel’s Tiarah Martin tak­ing third (29-½). Quailes won the triple jump with a dis­tance of 34-6 ahead of Quinones (31-11), Lofland (3009½), and Fran­tum (30-0).

C-SD’s Fran­tum, Quailes, Wongus, and Courtne Jenk­ins teamed to win the 4x100 re­lay in 52.87 sec­onds. Jenk­ins, Quinones, Wongus, and Oy­erinde com­bined to win the 4x200 in 1:51.02. The Vik­ings’ team of Ma­lika Fletcher, Tor­res, Kro­tee, and Jenk­ins placed sec­ond in the 4x400 in 4:36.64, and their team of Car­rie Price, Kro­tee, Natalie An­der­son, and Kayla Martinez took sec­ond in the 4x800 in 11:58.58.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Courtne Jenk­ins cel­e­brates as she crosses the fin­ish line for the Vik­ings’ win­ning 4x100-me­ter re­lay along with team­mates Destiny Fran­tum, Ja­nee Quailes, and Bri­anna Wongus on Satur­day in the Class 1A East Re­gion meet.

PHOTOS BY CHRIS KNAUSS Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High ath­letes and coaches pose with their Class 1A East Re­gion cham­pi­onship plaques Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Oyeronke Oy­erinde, cen­ter, sprints to first-place fin­ish in the 100-me­ter dash Satur­day morn­ing dur­ing the Class 1A East Re­gion meet.

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