Lackey girls track and field claims SMAC reg­u­lar sea­son crown

Sweep Pan­thers, Braves to se­cure ti­tle

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

With a chance to clinch the reg­u­lar sea­son dual meet cham­pi­onship, the Lackey girls track and field team took full ad­van­tage as it emerged with a sweep over vis­it­ing Chop­ti­con and host Patux­ent with the cham­pi­onship in hand.

The Charg­ers (13-0 over­all) won 9 of 14 events — the long and triple jump and the 3,200-me­ter run were not con­tested — and re­ceived wins from four dif­fer­ent ath­letes on their way to claim­ing the crown. The Charg­ers de­feated Patux­ent 75-32 and earned a 66-43 win over Chop­ti­con.

“I think we just have some good run­ners and we know how to run our events,” said Lackey’s Des­tiny Thomp­son, who was a part of three win­ning re­lay teams and placed sec­ond in the 200-me­ter dash.

The Braves (4-9) took home a win af­ter a 70-30 win over the short­handed Pan­thers (2-11).

In the boys meet, the Braves (67) de­feated Patux­ent 60-47 and over­whelmed the Charg­ers, 71-33. Patux­ent (3-10) se­cured the split by virtue of its 73-28 vic­tory ver­sus the Charg­ers (1-12).

In the last dual meet of the sea­son be­fore the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships get un­der­way Tues­day, Court­ney Hawkins led the Charg­ers with wins in the shot put and dis­cus. The sopho­more tossed the shot 37 feet 9 inches and her toss of 104-9 in the dis­cus was al­most 30 feet far­ther than the sec­ond-place fin­isher.

“I felt like to­day was kind of an off day for me be­cause I’m in­jured right now,” said Hawkins, who is nurs­ing a foot in­jury. “…But we

needed all the points we could, so I needed to step in and help my team.”

Sydney Wil­liams (100, 12.5 sec­onds), Nikiya Mitchell (100 hur­dles, 15.6) and Lau­ryn Young (high jump, 4-6) each earned sin­gle wins. De­janae Gra­ham (high jump) and Thomp­son (200) each added a sec­ond-place fin­ish. The Charg­ers also won all four re­lays.

“For the 4x1, I had to make sure I got out fast and got [the ba­ton] to my sis­ter [Sydney] on time, and in the 4x8 I had to keep my stride my first leg and then try and go all out with it,” Lackey’s Tay­lor Wil­liams said. “The 4x2 is new to me, but I feel pretty strong with it. It’s good. We’ve been do­ing re­ally well in our dual meets.”

The Braves re­ceived wins from Shelby John­son (300 hur­dles, 48.6) and Lauren Fan­cella (1,600, 6:01.6). Her­bert was sec­ond in the shot put and dis­cus and Fan­cella was also run­ner-up in the 800. Bethany Pret­ty­man (1,600), Jenna Tanav­age (400) and Jes­sica Youmans (300 hur­dles) each added a sec­ond-place fin­ish.

“We’re ex­cited be­cause we had a lot of great runs to­day and a lot of good times,” Chop­ti­con head coach Kelly Sch­midt said. “We pushed the kids and made them do four events in a small meet to see how much they could give us. We’re ex­cited about our sprint­ers and our high jumpers and our dis­tance run­ners.”

De­spite field­ing just five ath­letes, the Pan­thers re­ceived two wins from Ash­lyn Gip­son (400, 1:09.4; 800, 2:43.9) and one from Di­a­mond Mar­shall (200, 26.8). Mar­shall also placed sec­ond in

the 100. The Pan­thers were also with­out in­door state cham­pion Hay­ley Jack­son, who is out with a foot in­jury un­til the re­gional meet later this month.

“I am happy be­cause I felt like I re­ally pushed my­self this race,” said Gip­son, who has been nagged by shin splints most of the sea­son. “I should have stopped run­ning, but I wanted to push it be­cause it’s my last sea­son here [be­fore a move to North Carolina].”

Chop­ti­con won the boys meet due largely in part to dual win­ners Bran­don Black­well (100, 10.9; 200, 22.9), Tyler Modzr­jew­eski (1,600, 4:41.1; 3,200, 10:45.8) and Javon Bar­rett (400, 54.1; high jump, 5-10) and wins in the 1,600 (4:17.9) and 3,200 (9:46.7) re­lays. Bar­rett also placed sec­ond in the 800 and Modzr­jew­eski also col­lected a third-place show­ing in the 3,200.

“I wanted to set my own pace, but I was a lit­tle slower than I wanted to be,” said Mo­drz­jew­eski, who fin­ished in 10:45.8, well off his sea­son-best of 10:28. “But I felt pretty good.”

Dar­ius White won the 800 (2:14.5) and was third in the 1,600, while Isa­iah Smith (400) and Sa­muel Chick (300 hur­dles) each placed sec­ond in their re­spec­tive events.

The Pan­thers re­ceived a win apiece from Jaquez But­ler (110 hur­dles, 21.2), Devin Lam­bert (shot put, 37-3), Ryan Whit­ing (dis­cus, 120-4) as well as the 400 (45.2) and 800 (1:32.9) re­lays. Whit­ing also fin­ished sec­ond in the dis­cus and Bren­dan Jones (1,600, 3,200) added a pair of run­ner-up place­ments. Patux­ent placed 12 ath­letes in the top three in the meet.

“I’m pretty de­cently happy,” Jones said of the 1,600. “It’s

about two sec­onds slower than my per­sonal record, but I’m com­ing out of a cold and the weather wasn’t great so it’s OK.”

“To­day was hard to PR be­cause we went so quick know­ing the rain was com­ing in and lacrosse was wait­ing for us to be done, but they han­dled it well,” Dave Walser said, re­fer­ring to both his boys and girls teams. “It tested our fit­ness and I think we’re find­ing out we’re OK and we’re look­ing for­ward to next week.”

The Charg­ers’ lone win came cour­tesy of Shaun Hange, who won the 300 hur­dles in a time of 51.6 sec­onds in his hur­dles de­but. Team­mate Mon­tell John­son fin­ished sec­ond in the high jump.

“It was a re­ally new ex­pe­ri­ence for me,” Hange said. “The hard­est part was get­ting over the hur­dles.”

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

Lackey’s Mack­aiya Cherry races around the track dur­ing the tri-meet Wed­nes­day at Patux­ent which also in­cluded Patux­ent. The Charg­ers swept the meet to claim the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence girls reg­u­lar sea­son crown.

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