Lackey girls, West­lake boys claim state track and field meet ti­tles

Lackey girls, West­lake boys win team ti­tles; Wil­liams leads Charg­ers, Moten tops Wolver­ines

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

BAL­TI­MORE — Sim­ply to say that schools from Charles County had an im­pact on the state track and field cham­pi­onships last week­end at Hughes Sta­dium on the cam­pus of Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity would be a dra­matic un­der­state­ment.

The Lackey girls ac­cu­mu­lated 94 points and coasted to their first out­door state ti­tle in Class 2A, while the West­lake boys (75 points) got a bevy of strong ef­forts on Satur­day, also in 2A, to garner their sev­enth state ti­tle. Both the Charg­ers girls and the Wolver­ines boys were vic­to­ri­ous in in­di­vid­ual events and re­lays.

Lackey ju­nior Syd­ney Wil­liams cap­tured the 200-me­ter dash (25.02 sec­onds), the 100 hur­dles (14.33, four one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond ahead of La Plata se­nior Lil­lian Reese) and the 300 hur­dles (45.56) to com­plete a rare, dif­fi­cult hat trick on Satur­day. Dur­ing the breaks in­be­tween those events, Wil­liams and her team­mates hud­dled in the lone bas­tion of shaded woods near the bullpen, tak­ing so­lace from the hot, hu­mid con­di­tions that

en­veloped the com­plex.

“I was hop­ing to win my events and take best times,” Wil­liams said dur­ing one of her breaks. “It is def­i­nitely hot and hu­mid on the track, but you try to stay hy­drated be­tween races and try not to think about it once you go out on the track. I was happy with win­ning my races. My goal all year was to come here and win states.”

Wil­liams was the cat­a­lyst be­hind the Charg­ers team ti­tle on Satur­day, but her team­mates pro­vided am­ple sup­port. Sopho­more Do­minique Jef­fery fin­ished sec­ond in the 400 (56.16), third in the 200 (25.60) and fifth in the 100 (12.52), while ju­nior team­mate Nikiya Mitchell took fourth be­hind Wil­liams in the 100 hur­dles (15.22).

“Syd­ney and Do­minique both re­ally per­formed well to­day, es­pe­cially un­der these con­di­tions,” Lackey head coach Ji­mari Jones said. “It’s hot and hu­mid out there. You have to stay hy­drated and you have to stay fo­cused. We were hop­ing Syd­ney could get a cou­ple of state ti­tles and she’s been able to do that. Then for the team to get one is just great.”

Mitchell, fresh­men Erin Pear­son and Tay­lor Wil­liams and sopho­more Des­tiny Thomp­son com­bined to fin­ish third in the 800 re­lay (1 minute 44.53 sec­onds), while Tay­lor Wil­liams, se­nior Mack­aiya Cherry, Pear­son and Thomp­son took third in the 1,600 re­lay (4:06.14).

While the Lackey girls were vir­tu­ally dom­i­nant in their per­for­mance last week­end, the West­lake boys needed a late surge to cap­ture the state crown.

Ju­nior Will Moten won the 100 dash (10.82) and the 200 (22.03), while ju­nior team­mate Thomas Al­corn was sec­ond in the 200 (22.59) and then came right back to cap­ture the 400 (48.44). Jalen El­liott won the 100 hur­dles (14.29), which tied a 2A record, and then was part of two tri­umphant re­lays.

West­lake’s boys quar­tet of se­nior Matthew Fitch, Moten, El­liott and ju­nior Tobias Hur­ley took the 800 re­lay (1:28.69) and later El­liott, Al­corn, ju­nior An­thony John­son and Hur­ley com­bined to take the 1,600 re­lay (3:22.95).

Sev­eral ath­letes from other schools in Charles County had their mo­ments in the spot­light as well.

In ad­di­tion to fin­ish­ing very close to Wil­liams for the 2A girls 100 hur­dles ti­tle, Reese cap­tured the state crown in the long jump (188, 3 inches ahead of Lackey se­nior Amber Cony­ers) and took third in the triple jump (38-6 1/2) with Cony­ers in fourth (37-5 3/4).

La Plata se­nior Miles Smith took first in the 2A boys 800 (1:58.91, just over a quar­ter of a sec­ond ahead of Oak­land Mills se­nior Kelsey White) and was sec­ond in the 1,600 (4:28.46). He also an­chored the War­riors’ 3,200 re­lay with se­nior Ja­cob Cot­tle, fresh­man Ethan Olm­sted and ju­nior Gage White that took sec­ond in 8:13.37. White was fifth in the 800 (2:00.41) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:30.42).

La Plata se­nior Alexan­der Devine also cap­tured the 2A boys dis­cus (161 feet) and took sec­ond in the shot put (52-10). The War­riors boys were third in the 2A team standings with 58 points, while the girls were ninth with 27.

Thomas Stone ju­nior Mone’t Peter­son cap­tured the 2A girls 800 in 2:17.20, 61 one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond ahead of Lib­erty se­nior Eve­lyn Zi­etowski, with West­lake ju­nior Skye Cum­mings in fourth (2:18.10). On the boys side, se­nior Aaron Hol­l­i­day was fifth to Moten in the 100 dash (11.27).

Stone tied Kent Is­land of Queen Anne’s County for 21st in the girls standings with 12 points, while the boys were 22nd in the boys standings with eight. West­lake’s girls tied with two other teams for 28th with five points. Lackey’s boys tied with two other teams for 27th with six points.

North Point ju­nior Mal­lo­rie Smith won one event and fin­ished third in an­other in the 4A meet. Smith won the 400 (56.42) and fin­ished third in the 200 (25.25). North Point’s quar­tet of se­nior Kyra Miller, fresh­men Lau­ryn Lewis and Katie Harper and se­nior Ken­drah Bullock took fourth in the girls 1,600 re­lay (3:58.15).

The Ea­gles placed 10th in the 4A girls standings with 26 points, while the boys tied Paint Branch of Mont­gomery County for 26th with seven. North­west of Mont­gomery County won the boys team state ti­tle with 86 points and C.H. Flow­ers of Prince Ge­orge’s County was the girls team state cham­pion with 104.

McDonough had a pair of ath­letes per­form well at the 1A meet. Sopho­more Bre­anna Perry fin­ished third in the girls long jump (16-2 1/2) and was fifth in the 100 dash (13.15). Sopho­more Hezekiah Hawkins took sec­ond in the boys 200 (22.86) and was third in the 100 (11.32).

The Rams boys were 17th over­all in the standings with 14 points, with Fair­mont Heights of Prince Ge­orge’s tak­ing the team state ti­tle with 96. The Rams were 14th in girls with 11 points, with Boons­boro of Washington County tak­ing the team state ti­tle with 127.

St. Charles com­peted in the 3A com­pe­ti­tion and its boys and girls teams did not reg­is­ter a team point.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

Will Moten of West­lake, far right, de­feated fel­low Charles County ath­lete Aaron Hol­l­i­day of Thomas Stone, third from right, and the rest of the 100-me­ter dash field to win the 2A state ti­tle in 10.82 sec­onds at the state track and field cham­pi­onships Satur­day at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more with Hol­l­i­day tak­ing fifth. Moten also won the 200 state crown (22.03).

La Plata’s Lil­lian Reese flies through the air on her way to win­ning the 2A state long jump com­pe­ti­tion with a dis­tance of 18 feet 8 inches, 1 1/2 inches off the 2A meet record, at the state track and field cham­pi­onships Satur­day at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more. Reese also fin­ished third in the triple jump (38-6 1/2).

Bre­anna Perry of McDonough placed third in the 1A girls long jump com­pe­ti­tion with a jump of 16 feet 2 1/2 inches at the state track and field cham­pi­onships Satur­day at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more. Perry also placed fifth in the 100 dash and eighth in the 200.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY MICHAEL REID

North Point’s Mal­lo­rie Smith heads down the straight­away on her way to win­ning the 4A 400-me­ter dash at the state track and field cham­pi­onships Satur­day at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more in a time of 56.42 sec­onds.

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