Lackey girls track and field sweeps home meet

North­ern boys, Lackey girls sweep track meet

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

When he woke up on Satur­day morn­ing, Dy­lan Weam­ert was just an­other dis­tance run­ner on the North­ern Pa­tri­ots track and field team. Lit­tle did he know that the events that would take place in that day’s steeplechase at the Wood­ward Re­lays would make him fa­mous by week­end’s end.

Rac­ing in the event at the Ge­orge­town Prep-hosted meet, Weam­ert tum­bled over a hur­dle, launch­ing him­self head­first into the wa­ter pit on the other side.

Videos of the oc­cur­rence went vi­ral, turn­ing Weam­ert’s ac­ci­dent — which he took in good stride — into a na­tion­ally viewed fail.

Weam­ert and his North­ern team­mates were back at it on the safety of Lackey’s track in Tues­day af­ter­noon’s quad-meet where North­ern’s boys (4-1 SMAC/over­all) swept Leonard­town 71.50-65.50, McDonough 110.5021.50 and Lackey 106-30. The Raiders (4-1) picked up two wins, de­feat­ing McDonough 105-27 and Lackey 114-22. The Rams (1-5) topped the Charg­ers (0-6), 60-41.

The Lackey girls (6-0) rolled to a sweep, de­feat­ing North­ern 72-65, Leonard­town 81-56 and McDonough 103-7. North­ern (4-1) earned two wins with scores of 8552 over Leonard­town and 128-9 over McDonough. The Raiders (3-2) picked up a 115-17 win over the Rams (0-6).

“I went out and stayed with the pack for most of the race and planned on kick­ing it in the last lap, but I slipped on the steeple and fell into the wa­ter. Next thing I’m un­der­wa­ter head­first and peo­ple are pass­ing me, so I got up and sprinted,” Weam­ert said. “Ever since that race, I’m the steeplechase guy now. That will be my most mem­o­rable in sports. I know af­ter it all hap­pened peo­ple have been com­ing up to me and I just laugh it off. A lot of peo­ple would be em­bar­rassed, but it hap­pens.”

Af­ter a busy week­end with the team and Weam­ert’s epic event at Ge­orge­town Prep, North­ern head coach Josh Daw­son was pleased that his boys team was able to bounce back Tues­day, win­ning seven of the 17 events in the boys com­pe­ti­tion with se­nior Matt Ben­nett win­ning the 800- and the 3,200-meter runs to lead the pack.

“We’ve been pretty busy and the kids have been run­ning well off cold tem­per­a­tures and tired legs,” Daw­son said. “This just gets me ex­cited for the end of the year. It is just good to see the kids happy with the times they run, or what they throw or jump.”

Juniors Kevin Creek (200), Sha­heer Ah­mad (400) and Char­lie Sweeney (1,600), se­nior Mike Wil­liams (high jump) all won their re­spec­tive events for North­ern, which also won the 3,200 re­lay led by the quar­tet of Ben­nett, Michael Metler, Sweeney and Weam­ert.

“This was ac­tu­ally my first high school win be­cause I’m al­ways run­ning against Matt,” said Sweeney, who fin­ished run­ner-up in the 3,200 be­hind Ben­nett. “The win helps and I know what it is like to be out front alone. To­day I was just mainly run­ning for PR.”

Leonard­town won six events on the day as ju­nior Ethan Aus (shot put, dis­cus) was a dou­ble win­ner and se­nior sprinter Shaquan Dyson (100) and ju­nior Chris Bra­ganca (long jump) added wins. The Raiders also won in the 800 and 1,600 re­lay events.

Lackey was led by ju­nior Wil­liam Cham­bers, who won the 110 and 300 hur­dles. Also, ju­nior Tre Gul­ley added a win in the triple jump for Lackey and McDonough won the 400 re­lay.

Over in girls, Lackey won 10 of the 17 events. Ju­nior Nikiya Mitchell (100 hur­dles, 300 hur­dles), sopho­more Court­ney Hawkins (shot put, dis­cus) and se­nior Am­ber Cony­ers (long jump, triple jump) each won two events. Sopho­more Do­minique Jef­fery (100) and fresh­man Tay­lor Wil­liams (200) also picked up wins. Lackey also won the 400 and 800 re­lays.

“I just wanted to get the prac­tice and pre­pare my­self for the meet at Largo,” said ju­nior Syd­ney Wil­liams, who placed fifth in the 200, re­fer­ring to meet on Wed­nes­day that the team com­peted in. I wanted to put a good time in for the open 200. The dual meets are used for train­ing pretty much.”

North­ern won five events. Sopho­mores Kataryna Strayer (400), Adri­anna Wilder (3,200) and Sarah Deresky (high jump) were in­di­vid­ual win­ners, while the Pa­tri­ots also won the 1,600 and 3,200 re­lays.

Leonard­town’s Lo­rina Cle­mence and Raquel Drexel col­lected wins in the 800 and 1,600, re­spec­tively.

“Win­ning the [800] was very ex­hil­a­rat­ing and run,” Cle­mence said. “I thought I had some­thing left in the last 150 me­ters of the race and gave it all I got.”

Drexel, who also fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Cle­mence in the 800, added, “I was real happy with the win to­day in the mile. In the 800, I was try­ing to push at the end I just ran out of gas.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Lackey sopho­more Do­minique Jef­fery, left, took first in the 100-meter dash and also placed sec­ond in the 200 as Leonard­town’s Leya Es­sex trails from be­hind in the event in Tues­day’s quad-meet at Lackey.

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE

Leonard­town’s Katie Kelly, right, is out front in the 200-meter dash as Lackey’s Ebony Camp­bell and Bre­anna Perry of McDonough trail in Tues­day’s track meet at Lackey High School which also in­cluded North­ern.

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