Long, cold night

Lackey, North Point top field in opener

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

There was lit­tle easy about Tues­day’s reg­u­lar-sea­son open­ing track and field meet for North Point’s Rachel Nueslein.

Nueslein ran in both the 1,600and 3,200-me­ter races, win­ning both, with less than an hour to rest be­tween the events. And pos­si­bly just as bad, the weather was more in line with what one might ex­pect at a late-sea­son foot­ball game than a track meet in April.

“The weather is cold and it’s the first con­fer­ence meet of the sea­son. I was just hop­ing to start off the sea­son well,” she said af­ter fin­ish­ing the 3,200 in 11 min­utes 45.3 sec­onds. “It is very cold and I did run the mile and two-mile and there was only 45 min­utes in be­tween, so I’m pretty tired.”

That was likely a sen­ti­ment shared by most of the ath­letes in the quad-meet at Great Mills, which also in­cluded Hunt­ing­town and Lackey in ad­di­tion to North Point. With four teams and in the first con­fer­ence meet of the sea­son, the com­pe­ti­tion did not end un­til close to 9 p.m.

When all was said and done, Hunt­ing­town earned a sweep on the boys side while Lackey did the same in the girls com­pe­ti­tion.

Hunt­ing­town’s boys (3-0 over­all/SMAC) de­feated North Point 94-42, Lackey 113-23 and Great Mills 85-52. Great Mills (2-1) picked up a pair of wins, top­ping North Point 84-53 and Lackey 95-42. North Point (1-2) man­aged one win, tak­ing Lackey (0-3) by an 87-39 count.

Lackey’s girls (3-0) were 8646 win­ners over North Point, de­feated Great Mills 88-44

and took a 69-67 de­ci­sion from Hunt­ing­town. North Point (2-1) de­feated Hunt­ing­town 73-63 and Great Mills 86.5046.50, while Hunt­ing­town (1-2) earned a win over Great Mills (0-3) 94.50-38.50.

Lackey won eight of 17 events in the girls com­pe­ti­tion, with Do­minique Jeffery (100, 200), Syd­ney Wil­liams (400, 300 hur­dles) and Court­ney Hawkins (shot put, dis­cus) each

win­ning two events. The Charg­ers also won both the 800 and 1,600 re­lays.

Jeffery was rel­a­tively pleased with how the meet went, and didn’t think the cold played too great a fac­tor.

“I think I did pretty good, bet­ter than I ex­pected,” she said. “[The cold] both­ered me a lit­tle bit, but it’s not that bad.”

North Point won five events, with Nueslein lead­ing the way with her first-place fin­ishes in the dis­tance races. Va­len­cia McDow­ell won the 800, while the Ea­gles also fin­ished first in the 400 and 3,200 re­lays.

Har­leigh White picked up a pair of wins for Hunt­ing­town, tak­ing the top spot in both the long and triple jumps. Eri­anna Gudger won the 100 hur­dles, while Kait­lyn Hinds rounded out the Hur­ri­canes’ win­ners with her ef­fort in the high jump.

In boys ac­tion, Hunt­ing­town won eight of the 17 events with­out a sin­gle ath­lete win­ning mul­ti­ple events. Da­jon Wise­man won the 100, while Michael Pet­ti­ford took first in the 800 and Colin Flynn in the 1,600. Char­lie We­ber took first in the high jump, Tav­ish Fokum in the triple jump and

Robert Meador in the shot put. The Hur­ri­canes also won the 800 and 3,200 re­lays.

North Point had four win­ners on the day. Dar­rien MacIn­tosh was first in the 200, while Mel­ton Campbell (110 hur­dles) and Brax­ton Ham­mock (300 hur­dles) fol­lowed suit in their events. Joshua Smith also nabbed a first-place fin­ish for the Ea­gles, win­ning the dis­cus.

Great Mills took five events, two be­ing the 400 and 1,600 re­lays. Savion Chisholm won the long jump, while Keith Brown took first in the 400 and Ian Mad­den crossed the fin­ish line

ahead of the pack in the 3,200.

For Mad­den, who fin­ished the 3,200 in 10:41.3 and also fin­ished fifth in the 1,600 ear­lier in the meet, the con­di­tions may not have been op­ti­mal, but there was still plenty of value in com­pet­ing in them.

“The weather is cold. It’s a lit­tle rough to run in, but I re­ally think these races are pretty good train­ing, start­ing in harder weather,” he said. “When you go into eas­ier weather to run in, it feels a lit­tle bet­ter. You can PR a lit­tle bit. I’m just glad to get a good start­ing off time.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

North Point’s Rachel Nueslein runs to the fin­ish in the girls 1,600 dur­ing Tues­day’s track and field quad-meet at Great Mills. Nueslein won the girls race in 5 min­utes 23.3 sec­onds.

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