West­lake boys, Lackey girls win 2A South Re­gion track and field meet ti­tles

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com

Scor­ing the im­por­tant points is vi­tal for teams in their search for ti­tles. Such was the case Thurs­day and Fri­day at the Class 2A South Re­gion track and field cham­pi­onships at West­lake High School as West­lake’s boys’ re­lay teams and Lackey’s girls’ sprints, hur­dles and re­lays all scored those im­por­tant points in lead­ing each to team ti­tles.

West­lake’s boys won in con­vinc­ing fash­ion with 182 points, far ahead of La Plata’s sec­ond-place fin­ish with 98. Calvert took fourth with 54 points and Thomas Stone fin­ished fifth with 51. Patux­ent (44) and Lackey (22) claimed eighth and ninth places, re­spec­tively.

Shook said she was happy with her teams’ per­for­mance, es­pe­cially since its the first time they’ve com­peted in 2A.

“I know Thomas Al­corn PR’d in the 400. He did re­ally well. He had a phe­nom­e­nal two-day meet,” Shook said. “My jumps stepped up. Miles Camp­bell in the dis­cus throw 20 feet fur­ther than his PR. He had a great day.

“They’ve all come to­gether. We’re beat up. We’re banged up. Ev­ery­one’s hurt. Jalen [El­liott] is still nurs­ing a twisted an­kle from Penn Re­lays. To­bias [Hur­ley] has a ham­string in­jury. We’re like the walk­ing wounded. We’re re­ally try­ing to rest and get ready for Thurs­day to start.”

Shook said, among many, La Plata was tough com­pe­ti­tion.

“La Plata’s a big com­pe­ti­tion again com­ing out of our re­gion,” Shook said. “The places where La Plata is go­ing to score points we’re not. And we’re strong where they’re not. If we were one team, we’d be a su­per team, but a team out of the West will be strong. Cen­tury was tough in in­door, so I’m sure they will be again.”

West­lake ju­nior Will Moten won the boys 100-me­ter dash with a time of 10.97 and fol­lowed up with a win in the 200 (21.84). Ju­nior team­mate Thomas Al­corn took sec­ond in

the 200, fin­ish­ing in 22.50, and claimed the 400 in 48.63.

Moten and Al­corn were also mem­bers of the win­ning 400 re­lay, team­ing up with Jalen El­liott and To­bias Hur­ley, which fin­ished in 42.91. West­lake also won the 800 and 1,600 re­lays in 1:29.72 and 1:30.76, re­spec­tively. El­liott, a se­nior, claimed the 110 hur­dles (14.57) and se­nior Nnamdi Chan­dler took first in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet even.

La Plata se­nior Miles Smith was a dou­ble win­ner. Smith won the 800 in 1:59.66, al­most a half of a sec­ond ahead of ju­nior team­mate Gage White. The two War­riors bat­tled it out again in the 1,600, with

Smith (4:30.25) win­ning by nearly a sec­ond. The two were part of the 3,200 re­lay with Ja­cob Cot­tle and Ethan Olm­sted that won in 8:16.86.

An­other War­riors dou­ble win­ner se­nior Alexan­der Devine, claim­ing the shot put (54-5 1/2) and dis­cus (164-11).

Calvert fresh­man Justin Diehl edged West­lake sopho­more Jay Hall in the 3,200 run with a time of 9:58.70, just over a half of a sec­ond ahead of Hall.

Lackey took home the girls cham­pi­onship plaque with 165 points, with Calvert notch­ing sec­ond with 84. La Plata fin­ished fourth with 52 points and West­lake took eighth with 40. Stone was ninth with 39 and Patux­ent fin­ished 12th with seven.

Lackey sopho­more Do­minique Jef­fery won the girls 400 in 57.04, im­prov­ing on her seed time of 57.78. She

also ran the sec­ond leg of the win­ning 400 re­lay with team­mates Nikiya Mitchell, Syd­ney Wil­liams and Lau­ryn Young. Young fin­ished the race as the Charg­ers won with a time of 49.83, one one-hun­dredth of a sec­ond ahead of Friendly of Prince Ge­orge’s County.

Wil­liams, a ju­nior, also won the 100 hur­dles (14.51) and 300 hur­dles (44.84).

Lackey and Friendly were neck-and-neck in the 1,600 re­lay, with the Charg­ers quar­tet of Tay­lor Wil­liams, Mack­aiya Cherry, Erin Pear­son and Des­tiny Thomp­son win­ning in 4:04.14, tak­ing the event by just 36 one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond with Calvert’s Anna Kelly, Anita Pope, Syd­ney Wat­son and Tatyana Jones right be­hind in third. Lackey was also a win­ner in the 800 re­lay (1:45.26).

Thomas Stone ju­nior Mone’t Peter­son won the 800 with a time of 2:23.32. Calvert fresh­man Syd­ney Friedel took home the win in the 1,600 (5:36.42) as the Cava­liers had three of the top four run­ners place in the event. Friedel also won the 3,200 in 12:07.91.

West­lake’s 3,200 re­lay team of Skye Cum­mings, Kennedeigh Hairston, Mykaia John­son and Jour’dan Haynes won the race in 10:09.92.

La Plata se­nior Lil­lian Reese cap­tured three wins in field events. Reese won the high jump (5-2), the long jump (18-1 1/2) and triple jump (37-3). She also fin­ished sec­ond to Wil­liams in the 100 hur­dles (14.78).

The 2A state cham­pi­onships be­gin at 4 p.m. Thurs­day and con­tinue at 11 a.m. Satur­day at Mor­gan State Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more.

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