Tak­ing the next step

State track and field meets this week­end in Bal­ti­more

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

The end of the high school track and field sea­son is upon us and many ath­letes and coaches are ta­per­ing prac­tices, let­ting the ath­letes bod­ies rest and re­ju­ve­nate in or­der to get the best re­sults from them this week­end at Morgan State Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more, where the state track and field cham­pi­onships are held.

Class 1A and 2A be­gan Day 1 on Thurs­day, while 3A and 4A be­gin Day 1 at 4 p.m. to­day. All classes will fin­ish up Satur­day be­gin­ning at 11 a.m.

Leonard­town se­nior Lo­rina Cle­mence, who will com­pete in 4A in the 800- and 3,200-me­ter re­lays as well as the 1,600 run, said she’s ready for states, al­though she had a set­back dur­ing the in­door sea­son that has car­ried over some­what to out­door.

“I am def­i­nitely ex­cited,” Cle­mence said. “It’s go­ing to be a big meet and it’s go­ing to be a cul­mi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing that I’ve trained for this sea­son, so I am def­i­nitely ex­cited. This is my third time [in a row mak­ing it to states]. Right now we’re ta­per­ing for states so our prac­tices are pretty easy to help our bod­ies re­cover from when we were sup­posed to be get­ting into shape. There still very struc­tured though.”

Cle­mence said she’s set per­sonal goals.

“I’m just want­ing our re­lays to place as well as pos­si­ble at states,” she said. “I know I placed sev­enth last year in the open 400 and when I set goals for my­self it’s just for my­self, so I have per­sonal goals that I want to meet.”

Cle­mence said she’s bat­tled a ham­string in­jury, which also means keep­ing in shape on her own time, so go­ing to states as a big­ger meaning for her.

“I’ve tried to fig­ure out how to work out with­out us­ing my legs, which is kind of the an­noy­ing part and so I ex­pected my times to be bet­ter, but I’m at the point I was ju­nior year. I was ex­pect­ing to PR and im­prove more,” she said.

Calvert fresh­man Justin Diehl, mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance, is thrilled with the whole ex­pe­ri­ence and is ready for the next step. Diehl will com­pete in the 2A 3,200 race com­ing off a win in the 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships last week­end with a time of 9 min­utes 58.70 sec­onds.

“It’s go­ing well. We’re work­ing on our speed to get ready,” Diehl said. “It’s re­ally cool [to go as a fresh­man], I was re­ally sur­prised at first. It’s a re­ally cool ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m re­ally ex­cited. No, I’ve never been to Morgan State. The team has re­ally helped me. They’ve en­cour­aged me to do bet­ter and some of my team­mates have re­ally pushed me through work­outs, which has also re­ally made me bet­ter. I’ve been re­ally lucky this year. I haven’t had any in­juries or any­thing.

“I like to run a sub 9:40. A week be­fore re­gion­als, I ran a 9:46 at the SMAC cham­pi­onships so that’s my best time. I’ll prob­a­bly go out and run a pretty fast first mile and hope­fully keep up with that pace.”

Hunt­ing­town se­nior Da­jon Wise­man will com­pete in the 3A meet in the 100, 200 and the 800 re­lay. Wise­man said he has his radar on Oxon Hill’s Jabari Michael. Michael claimed 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships ti­tles in the 100 and 200 ver­sus Wise­man

“This is go­ing to be my sec­ond year [go­ing to states], so I’m re­ally ex­cited,” Wise­man said. “Look­ing to end my ca­reer with a bang and hope­fully win­ning states in one of my events. I’d like to run a 10.7 [in the 100]. Jabari Michael and I run pretty close to­gether, like the same time. We’ve run to­gether like four, five times now and we know each other pretty well now. We know it’s go­ing to be pretty close.”

Wise­man said prac­tices are go­ing well.

“We’re work­ing hard as al­ways,” Wise­man said. “We’re do­ing a lot of stretch­ing to limit any in­juries. We’re just do­ing some fun­da­men­tal work just so every­body has their mind set and their body right for states.”

Wise­man said it’s been a great se­nior year.

“I def­i­nitely didn’t ex­pect this, but it hap­pened. I’m not com­plain­ing,” he said.

La Plata’s Lil­lian Reese has rea­son to cel­e­brate as well. She’s re­mained a top con­tender in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence in the high jump, long jump and triple jump this year. Reese heads to states af­ter 2A South Re­gion wins in all three events.

“I’m very ex­cited for states,” Reese said. “I’ve been gear­ing up for it for weeks now and I’m peak­ing at the per­fect time. Whether or not I win, my over­all goal is to PR in all of my events. To win any­thing would be great, but my pri­mary fo­cus is to bet­ter my times and dis­tances in all of my events.”

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