Lackey girls track and field claims SMAC regular season crown
Sweep Panthers, Braves to secure title
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.”
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.