Lackey girls thrive out­doors

Maryland Independent - - Sports - AJ MA­SON

When the Class 2A state in­door track and field cham­pi­onships came to its end in Fe­bru­ary, a scant three points separated the Lackey Charg­ers girls team from a state cham­pi­onship. So when the state out­door champi- on­ships rolled around at the end of May, the girls were de­ter­mined to make up that dif­fer­ence to lay claim to the first state cham­pi­onship tro­phy in the pro­gram’s his­tory.

They did that and then some.

Lackey rolled up 94 points, al­most dou­ble the to­tal of run­ner-up Here­ford, to earn the 2A state tro­phy at Mor­gan State Univer­sity’s Hughes Sta- dium in Bal­ti­more.

That cham­pi­onship marked not just the first state ti­tle in the pro­gram’s his­tory, it was the first girls state cham­pi­onship in school his­tory and the first state ti­tle of any kind for the school in al­most two decades.

Syd­ney Williams, now a se­nior, won three state cham­pi­onships (200-meter dash, 100 and 300 hur- dles) to pace the Char- gers at the state meet.

Williams was the cat- alyst be­hind the Char- gers team ti­tle, but her team­mates pro­vided am­ple sup­port. Do­minique Jef­fery, now a ju­nior, 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).

“I was hop­ing to win my events and take best times,” Williams said. “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.”

Mitchell, Erin Pear- son, Tay­lor Williams and Des­tiny Thomp­son com- bined to fin­ish third in the 800 re­lay (1 minute 44.53 sec­onds), while Tay­lor Williams, Mack­aiya Cherry, Pear­son and Thomp­son took third in the 1,600 re­lay (4:06.14).

“Syd­ney and Domi- nique both re­ally per- formed well to­day, es- pe­cially 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.”

Other state win­ners from the county were La Plata’s Lil­lian Reese in the girls 2A long jump (18-8, 3 inches ahead of Lackey se­nior Am­ber Cony­ers), La Plata’s Miles Smith in the boys 800 (1:58.91, just over a quar­ter of a sec­ond ahead of Oak­land Mills se­nior Kelsey White), La Plata’s Alexan­der Devine in the 2A boys dis­cus (161 feet), Thomas Stone ju­nior Mone’t Peter­son in the 2A girls 800 in 2:17.20, 61 and North Point’s Mal­lo­rie Smith won the 400 (56.42) in the 4A meet.


Lackey’s Syd­ney Williams is pic­tured here on May 28 on her way to claim­ing gold in the 300 hur­dles 45.56 sec­onds at the Class 2A state out­door track cham­pi­onships at Mor­gan State Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more. Williams also won the 100 hur­dles (14.33) and the 200 dash (25.02) to com­plete a triple-state win­ning day.

Lackey’s girls track and field team claimed the Class 2A state cham­pi­onship at Mor­gan State Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more on May 28. It was the first-ever state ti­tle for the pro­gram and the first state ti­tle of any kind for the school in al­most two decades.

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