Ath­letes shine at Penn Re­lays

Lackey, West­lake track teams com­pete with na­tion

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­

Com­pet­ing along­side some of the best high school ath­letes in the na­tion, South­ern Mary­land track and field ath­letes more than held their own at a rainy and cold Penn Re­lays held April 28 to 30 at Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia’s Franklin Field in Philadel­phia.

On the boys side, West­lake’s turned in a South­ern Mary­land-best eighth-place fin­ish in the 1,600-me­ter run. Com­pet­ing in Event 440, the four­some of Ja’Len El­liott, Will Moten, To­bias Hur­ley and Thomas Al­corn fin­ished in 3 min­utes, 23.97 sec­onds. Kingston Col­lege from Ja­maica won the race in 3:15.95.

El­liott found him­self in sec- ond place but a restart halted the race. On the en­su­ing start, El­liott found him­self boxed in, but that ended up be­ing the least of his prob­lems.

“He was try­ing to get out the whole time and on the third turn he tried to pass on the in­side, hit rail and turned his an­kle,” West­lake head coach Beth Shook said.

El­liott fin­ished the fi­nal 100 or so me­ters with a badly sprained an­kle, though Shook said he “re­ally didn’t lose any ground.”

Shook held El­liott out of prac­tice on Mon­day, but added she was hope­ful he would be ready for the SMAC and re­gional meets.

The Wolver­ines four­some also added a 19th–place fin­ish in the small schools 400 dash when it fin­ished in 43.27 sec­onds. St. Jago, also from Ja­maica, took first in 41.33 sec­onds.

“They did very well,” Shook said. “It was cold, it was rainy and they ac­tu­ally missed their heat. Their time was good.”

Shook said the team has de­vel­oped good chem­istry.

“They re­ally, re­ally work well to­gether as a team and spend a lot of time to­gether in and out of school,” Shook said.

“They did well,” Lackey head coach Ji­mari Jones said. “They’ve been work­ing on their hand­offs, and they came to­gether at the meet.”

The same four­some also placed 13th in the 1,600 run af­ter clock­ing 3:46.84 in the open class event 413. Mah­wah of New Jer­sey won the race in 3:30.77.

“I’m happy with their per­for­mance,” Jones said.

In the large schools 400 Ja­maica Col­lege from Ja­maica won the race in 40.87 sec­onds, just five one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond off their record of 40.92 set in 2014.

On the girls side, Lack- ey’s 1,600 team of Syd­ney and Tay­lor Wil­liams, Do­minique Jef­fery and MacKaiya Cherry won open event 137 in a time of 4:00.73.

“We went in there and we were pre­pared to run fast,” Jones said of the four­some, which won the Class 2A in­door state ti­tle this past win­ter. “We were ex­cited about our prospects and what they could do up there and they came through.”

De­spite los­ing a shoe early, Syd­ney Wil­liams set the tone with a lead lap of 58.65 sec­onds and, af­ter No. 2 run­ner Tay­lor Wil­liams clocked 59.36, Jef­fery and Cherry brought home the win.

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