Vikes Strike Gold

C-SD boys’ 3,200 re­lay takes first in 1A; NC’s Franklin sec­ond in 2A shot put

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

BAL­TI­MORE — Trevor Good­win stayed close to the lead. Con­nor McCroy then took it. Carson Tay­lor kept the lead, lost it, then re­gained it be­fore Matt Ko­let­sky got a hold of it and widened it so by the time he came off the last turn and stormed down the fi­nal straight­away, no one was go­ing to come close to tak­ing it away.

Clock­ing its best time of the sea­son, Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High’s Good­win, McCroy, Tay­lor and Ko­let­sky teamed to win the boys’ 3,200-me­ter re­lay ti­tle in 8 min­utes, 10.87 sec­onds Thurs­day af­ter­noon at the Class 1A state track and field cham­pi­onships at Mor­gan State Univer­sity.

BAL­TI­MORE — Trevor Good­win stayed close to the lead.

Con­nor McCroy then took it.

Carson Tay­lor kept the lead, lost it, then re­gained it be­fore Matt Ko­let­sky got a hold of it and widened it so by the time he came off the last turn and stormed down the fi­nal straight­away, no one was go­ing to come close to tak­ing it away.

Clock­ing its best time of the sea­son, Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High’s Good­win, McCroy, Tay­lor and Ko­let­sky teamed to win the boys’ 3,200-me­ter re­lay ti­tle in 8 min­utes, 10.87 sec­onds Thurs­day af­ter­noon at the Class 1A state track and field cham­pi­onships at Mor­gan State Univer­sity.

Heavy rain and light­ning forced the post­pone­ment of last Thurs­day night’s fi­nal events on Day 1 of the 2A and 1A state meets. The 2As and 1As re­sumed on Satur­day at 10 a.m.

“It’s all about heart and hard work,” Cam­bridge-SD head coach Dr. Lois Narr said. “Best group of guys I’ve ever coached. Most tal­ented group of guys I’ve ever coached.”

Good­win ran the open­ing two laps of the eight-lap race and stayed in con­tact with Fair­mont Heights’ lead man, who was in first place at the first ba­ton ex­change.

“I knew he was re­ally, re­ally fast, and I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been able to beat him,” said Good­win, who ran his best split of the sea­son. “But I knew if I was close we would have a great shot.”

Good­win was close when he handed off to McCroy, a sopho­more, on an oth­er­wise all se­nior team. McCroy

didn’t go tear­ing af­ter the lead, but steadily closed on the lead.

“Just reel him in and when I feel good pass him,” said McCroy, who ran a 2:03 split, his best of the year.

“It’s amaz­ing to­day,” McCroy said of the weather, which was a com­fort­able mix of sun and clouds be­fore the storm rolled in around 6 p.m. “I felt like I was float­ing. It hurt, but I felt like I was float­ing. I’ve never run that fast be­fore.”

Prior to this spring, Tay­lor had never run outdoor track be­fore. A mem­ber of the Vik­ings’ lacrosse team, Tay­lor ran in­door track this win­ter and joined Good­win, McCroy and Ko­let­sky to win the 3,200-me­ter re­lay at the state in­door cham­pi­onships. He de­cided to stay with track in­stead of lacrosse in the spring, a choice his team­mates were more than glad he set­tled on.

“I ran in­door and we won states there, too,” Tay­lor said. “So it was like, ‘I want an­other state ti­tle.’ So I just came and ran track. I don’t re­gret it at all.”

The team’s least ex­pe­ri­enced run­ner, Tay­lor took the ba­ton and lead from McCroy and ad­mit­ted to feel­ing a lit­tle pres­sure as he was passed early be­fore even­tu­ally tak­ing the lead back.

“I knew I had to hold it, but he caught me as soon as the first 100 was over,” Tay­lor said. “So I just stuck with him and he ended up dy­ing so I passed him, pulled ahead.”

Tay­lor steamed to­ward Ko­let­sky, who took off and made sure there would be no late dra­mat­ics or huge come-from-be­hind kick from Fair­mont Heights, and he cov­ered the fi­nal 800 me­ters in a PR time of 1:57.

“There was no way that guy was pass­ing me,” Ko­let­sky said with a broad grin. “We knew if we got the ba­ton at least with 10 to 20 me­ters ahead of next place, then we knew we were go­ing to give our heart out and get it again.”

Like Good­win and McCroy, Ko­let­sky logged his fastest split of the sea­son — Tay­lor matched his per­sonal-record split — and was never in any dan­ger of re­lin­quish­ing the lead as he crossed the fin­ish line al­most 5 full sec­onds ahead of Fair­mont Heights’ run­ner-up time of 8:15.44.

“This is some­thing I prob­a­bly wanted since I started track,” Ko­let­sky said. “I’ve al­ways been a mid­dle-dis­tance run­ner and our four-by teams would just come up and we’d be like a sixth-place fin­isher in the mid­dle of the pack. But now we’re ac­tu­ally sup­port­ing CSD in a good way.

“Prob­a­bly the best feel­ing of my life. This is the best feel­ing I’ve had more than in­door,” said Ko­let­sky, who helped the Vik­ings clock a win­ning time of 8:32.34 to beat Fair­mont Heights for the in­door ti­tle.

“Amaz­ing,” Good­win added. “I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter way to end my se­nior sea­son.”

North Caro­line ju­nior Ja’Mion Franklin was look­ing to close his sea­son in sim­i­lar fash­ion, but earned run­nerup hon­ors in the 2A boys’ shot put.

Wash­ing­ton’s Joshua Spro­les cleared the bar at 6 feet, 2 inches to win the 1A boys’ high jump ti­tle with Snow Hill’s Daimian Thorn­ton (510) tak­ing third, and Wash­ing­ton’s Ra’Shaun Fitzger­ald (5-10) fourth.

Kent Is­land’s David Bowen placed third in the 2A boys’ long jump with a leap of 211½. Kollin Smith of Dou­glass was first with a 23-5½.

North Caro­line’s Devin Robin­son was third in the 2A boys’ pole vault, clear­ing 13 feet. Lib­erty’s Zach Stump won with a vault of 14 feet.

Cam­bridge-SD’s Ja­nee Quailes was third in the 1A girls’ triple jump at 34-8¾, while team­mate QuaNiah Quinones was fifth at 33-5½.

Queen Anne’s was fourth in the 2A girls’ 3,200 re­lay, as She­qoya Moore, Margaret Mee­han, Emily Gates and Tay­lor Peck fin­ished in 10:00.53. Kent Is­land’s boys’ team of Cade Stan­field, Erick Sanchez, Cameron Bouie and Bran­don Ni­chols was fourth in the 2A boys’ 3,200 re­lay (8:20.12.).

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Cam­bridge-SD head coach Lois Narr, cen­ter, cel­e­brates with from left, Matt Ko­let­sky, Trevor Good­win, Carson Tay­lor and Con­nor McCroy af­ter they won the boys’ 3,200-me­ter re­lay ti­tle Thurs­day at the Class 1A state track and field cham­pi­onships.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Cam­bridge-SD’s Carson Tay­lor, right, runs with the lead dur­ing the third leg of the boys’ 3,200-me­ter re­lay at Thurs­day’s Class 1A state track and field cham­pi­onships.

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