Lackey

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Head coach: Ji­mari Jones (fourth sea­son, All-SMAC girls COY, All-County girls COY) Last year: Boys — 2-11 (tied for 12th in SMAC with McDonough, 10th at SMAC cham­pi­onships, sixth at Class 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships, tied for 30th at Class 3A state cham­pi­onships); Girls — 10-3 (tied for fourth in SMAC with North Point, SMAC cham­pi­onships cham­pion, sec­ond at Class 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships, 10th at Class 3A state cham­pi­onships) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — D/R Ty­ron But­ler (Sr., All-SMAC), S/J Trey Gul­ley (Jr., All-SMAC); Girls — S Do­minique Jef­fery (So., All-SMAC, All-County), H Syd­ney Wil­liams (Jr., All-SMAC, All-County), J Court­ney Hawkins (So., All-SMAC, All-County), D Mack­aiya Cherry (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County), R/J Lau­ryn Young (Jr., Al­lSMAC, All-County) Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — D Kyle Wil­liams (All-SMAC, All-County); Girls — T Imani Davis, D Moe Tay­lor Strengths: The girls team is com­ing off in­door SMAC and re­gion ti­tles and fell three points short of a state ti­tle. This tight, ex­pe­ri­enced team will be mo­ti­vated to claim what it feels is there’s. Lackey will have a strong show­ing in the sprints and hur­dles. Weak­nesses: The boys team isn’t as ex­pe­ri­enced as the girls and will need con­tri­bu­tions all around. The girls can use a boost in the dis­tance events. Hay­den Wright (Jr.); Girls — H/J Lil­lian Reese (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County), S/J Emily Dixon (Jr.), S/H Alyssa Led­num (Sr.), D Kather­ine Tyo (Jr.) Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — J/S/R Xavier Black­son, D/R Kevin O’Clair (All-SMAC, All-County), S/R Dor­rien Lewis (All-County, All-SMAC), D Derek Peltzer, T Con­nor Strick­land, T Bren­dan Jacko; Girls — H/J Sa­van­nah Cox, J Illexus Paxon, S/R Ash­ley Lu­ton Strengths: La Plata’s boys have an in­door con­fer­ence cham­pion shot put­ter in Devine along with a cou­ple of re­ally good dis­tance run­ners. Be­hind Reese, the girls are par­tic­u­larly strong in the hur­dles and jump­ing events. Weak­nesses: The War­riors will con­tinue to search for suc­cess in the sprints to sup­ple­ment what it’s likely to do in the other events. Head coach: Car­los Bell (first sea­son) Last year: Boys — 2-11 (tied for 12th in SMAC with Lackey, 14th at SMAC cham­pi­onships, eighth at Class 1A North Re­gion cham­pi­onships); Girls — 0-13 (14th in SMAC, 14th at SMAC cham­pi­onships, sixth at Class 1A North re­gion cham­pi­onships) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — S/R Dor­rien Lewis (Sr., All-SMAC, Al­lCounty); Girls — S El­iz­a­beth Hicks (So.) Key per­son­nel losses: Last year: Boys — 11-2 (tied for sec­ond in SMAC with Great Mills, sec­ond at SMAC cham­pi­onships, third at Class 4A East Re­gion cham­pi­onships, eighth at Class 4A state cham­pi­onships; Girls — 10-3 (tied for fourth in SMAC with Lackey, fourth at SMAC cham­pi­onships, sec­ond at Class 4A East Re­gion cham­pi­onships, 31st at 4A state cham­pi­onships) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — H/J Mel­ton Camp­bell (Sr., All-County), H Brax­ton Ham­mock (Sr.), H Dar­rien Macin­tosh (Sr.); Girls — S/D Mal­lo­rie Smith (Jr., All-County), S/D Ken­drah Bul­lock (Sr.), S Kyra Miller (Sr., Al­lCounty), D Va­len­cia McDow­ell (Sr.), D Ta­tiana Ogun­deko (Sr., All-County), D Rachel Nueslein (Jr., All-County), S Tyra An­der­son (Sr.) Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — S/D Michael Rollins (All-SMAC, All-County), J Eli­jah Noel (All-SMAC, All-County), H Adrian Porter (All-County), R Graylin Walker (All-County), R Ge­or­dan Clark (All-County); Girls — S Takema Green, S Jenifer Davis (All-County), D Teghan Si­mon­ton (All-County) Strengths: On the boys side, the Ea­gles have a rel­a­tively young team to be led by only seven seniors against 15 fresh­men. The strength will fall in be­ing a strong unit as a team and how the young run­ners step up to the chal­lenge dur­ing com­pet­i­tive meets. On the girls side, North Point has a few seniors who will be com­pet­ing in their fi­nal sea­sons and are work­ing hard to set their goals for the end of the sea­son. The Ea­gles are deep in a few events, which will help them in the post­sea­son level meets. Re­lays will also will be a strong as­set.

The boys have a lot of young ath­letes on the team, so the fu­ture is very bright for the pro­gram. With a large num­ber of fresh­men, the girls side is not sure which event they will be com­pet­ing in at the end of the sea­son, so the coach­ing staff is teach­ing some of the younger ath­letes the field events and hur­dles. cham­pi­onships; Girls — Third at Mary­land In­de­pen­dent Schools Ath­letic League Cham­pi­onships. Ath­letes to watch: Boys — Stephen Larsen (Jr.); Girls — Jor­dan Mitchell (Jr.) Key per­son­nel losses: None Strengths: Mitchell is in her first year as the head coach, but has been around the team in the past. She said South­ern Mary­land Chris­tian has good group of kids and a team larger than in year’s past. Even with a big­ger team, the chem­istry is good amongst the ath­letes, many of whom played other sports with one an­other. There’s a good team at­mos­phere. Weak­nesses: Many of the ath­letes are new­com­ers to the sport of track and field. This will be the case across the board, as far the events are con­cerned. The Mus­tangs will be learn­ing as they com­pete. Head coach: Chris McAl­lis­ter (sec­ond sea­son) Last year: Boys — 0-13 (14th in SMAC, 13th at SMAC cham­pi­onships, ninth at Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships); Girls — 4-9 (tied for ninth in SMAC with La Plata and Thomas Stone, 11th at SMAC cham­pi­onships, ninth at Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — D Ja­son Tyler (Sr.), J Sher­rod Frye (Fr.), T Justin Boul­ware (Sr.), D Regi­nald Briscoe (Sr.), S DaMario Car­roll (Sr.); Girls — H Bri­anne Gunn (Fr.), S Jes­sica Hightower (Sr.), T Kemah Brown (So.), H Madisyn Clark (So.), S Nia Francois (So.) Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — None; Girl — J Kiara Stephens (Fr., trans­ferred) Strengths: In boys, the mid­dle dis­tance events are go­ing to be strong with the ad­di­tion of Car­roll to an al­ready good crew of Briscoe and Tyler. Tyler comes into the spring hav­ing won two state in­door ti­tles in the 500- and 800-me­ter events. Strong in­ter­me­di­ate hur­dlers and jumpers should help score some points at the big­ger meets for the Spar­tans. On the girls team, the Spar­tans have great ad­di­tions to the field events with Clark and Brown that will help them out this sea­son. Also their mid­dle dis­tance crew has been strength­ened by some Weak­nesses: In boys, the field events will be a fo­cal point for most of the sea­son as all par­tic­i­pants are young or new to track. Re­lays be­ing able to tran­si­tion through ex­change zones with ease and con­fi­dence. In girls, hor­i­zon­tal jumps and long dis­tance will be some ar­eas of fo­cus for the team, also the build­ing of con­fi­dence. Head coach: Katie Coverdale (sec­ond sea­son) Last year: Boys — 8-5 (tied for sixth in SMAC with Leonard­town, sixth at SMAC cham­pi­onships, sec­ond at Class 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships, tied for 18th at Class 3A state cham­pi­onships); Girls — 4-9 (tied for ninth in SMAC with La Plata and St. Charles, sev­enth at SMAC cham­pi­onships, eighth at Class 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships, tied for 18th at Class 3A state cham­pi­onships) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — S Aaron Hol­l­i­day (Sr., All-County), D Billy Burch (Sr., All-County), H Sadiq Rose (Sr.), S/R Justin Greene (Sr.), S/R Randy Brent (Sr.), J/R Demetri Morsell (Jr.); Girls — S/D Mon’et Peter­son (Jr., All-SMAC, All-County), D Asia Fort (Sr.) Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — S/R Michael Dorsey (All-County), S/R Juwan Gray (All-County), S/R Isa­iah Fluker (All-County, S/R Jalen Jack­son (All-County), S/R Juwuan Briscoe; Girls — H/R Jada Jack­son (All-SMAC. All-County) Strengths: On the boys side, Stone will be very strong in the sprint­ing events and the re­lays, while the girls will also be very stal­wart in the re­lays and mid-stance events. The in­door sea­son pro­vided the kids with a good ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing into the out­doors along with much-needed con­fi­dence with sev­eral state qual­i­fiers dur­ing in­door, in­clud­ing a state cham­pion in Hol­l­i­day, who cap­tured gold in the 55 dash. Weak­nesses: The Cougars are go­ing to have to get into ex­cel­lent shape be­cause they have lower num­bers this year. Ath­letes are go­ing to be spread thin when it comes to com­pet­ing in events. The field event per­for­mances will also be cru­cial to the suc­cess of the team as Stone has the po­ten­tial to score a lot of points in those cat­e­gories. Head coach: Beth Shook (15th sea­son, All-SMAC boys COY, All-County boys COY) Last year: Boys —13-0 (SMAC reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pion, SMAC cham­pi­onships cham­pion, Class 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships cham­pion; Class 3A state cham­pi­onships cham­pion); Girls — 7-6 (sev­enth in SMAC, fifth at SMAC cham­pi­onships, fifth at class 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships, sixth at Class 3A state cham­pi­onships) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — H/S/R Ja’Len El­liott (Sr., All-SMAC, Al­lCounty), S/J/R Thomas Al­corn (Jr. , Al­lSMAC, All-County), S/R Will Moten (Jr., All-SMAC, All-County AOY), J/R To­bias Hur­ley (Jr.), J Nnamdi Chan­dler (Sr.), D Jay Hall (So., All-County) D Jett Hall (So.), T Kyle Knot­tage (Jr., All-County); Girls — D Skye Cum­mings (Jr., Al­lCounty), S Bri­anna Ed­monds (Sr.), D/R Kennedeigh Hairston (Sr., All-County), S/R Jor­dan Davis (So., All-County), S/D Mikalya Hin­nant (Jr.) Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — D Jereamy Hall (All-County), D Josh Hall, J Herb Wake­field, J Ma­lik Robin­son (All-County); Girls — S/R Kiara Parker (All-SMAC MOP, All-County AOY) Strengths: Af­ter claim­ing the state ti­tle in in­door sea­son, West­lake’s boys team is striv­ing for a sec­ond straight out­door ti­tle and will fea­ture a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes in the sprints and re­lay events. Af­ter a strong post­sea­son last spring, the girls will also be strong in the sprint­ing and re­lay events. Ac­cord­ing to Shook, this sea­son the teams are striv­ing to be more like a fam­ily. Weak­nesses: The Wolver­ines will fo­cus on grad­u­ally get­ting bet­ter as the dual meet reg­u­lar sea­son goes on and is fo­cused on peak­ing by the post­sea­son meets and not dwell on the past. The boys will be fo­cus­ing on the cham­pi­onship sea­son, while the girls have po­ten­tial, but will be in the re­build­ing phase.

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