West­lake boys win, Lackey girls tie for 3rd in area in­door meet

West­lake boys win So. Md. in­door meet; Lackey girls tie for third

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

LANDOVER — On a day when the nu­mer­ous par­tici- pants from the area did not have to at­tend school in honor of Martin Luther King’s birth­day, ath­letes from the var­i­ous South- ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer- ence schools who com­peted in Mon­day’s South­ern Mary­land In­door Track & Field Clas­sic at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports & Learn­ing Com­plex hardly viewed the oc­ca­sion as a hol­i­day.

Bol­stered by a bevy of stel­lar per­for­mances from its sprint- ers, the West­lake High School boys eas­ily cap­tured first place at the meet with 77 points, nearly dou­ble that of run­ner-up Fred­er­ick Dou­glass (42) of Prince Ge­orge’s County. Leon- ard­town (36) fin­ished tied for third with Dig­i­tal Har­bor, one point bet­ter than Bowie, also of Prince Ge­orge’s County.

Among the girls, PG County schools Charles H. Flow­ers (50) and Bowie (49) fin­ished only one point apart for the top spot, while Lackey (47) and North­ern (47) fin­ished tied for third. Leonard­town (23) and Patux­ent (20) both fin­ished among the top 10 squads for the ladies at eighth and 10th, re­spec­tively.

With the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Cham­pion- ships at the same venue on Jan. 28, many of the par­tic­i­pants were hop­ing to use Mon­day’s meet as an early tuneup for the post­sea­son out­ings ahead. For a trio of Calvert County run­ners who thrived dur­ing the cross coun­try season, Mon­day’s meet in­cluded a tri­umphant early prep.

Patux­ent High School’s Hay­ley Jack­son won the girls 800-me­ter run (2 min­utes 17.02 sec­onds) and the 1,600 (4:52.32), while North­ern’s Molly Bar­rick (10:59.82) and Char­lie Sweeney (9:35.28) both pre­vailed in the 3,200. Jack­son es­tab­lished a new meet record with her clock­ing in the 800, smash­ing the pre­vi­ous mark of 2:20.04 set by Va­len­cia McDow­ell two years ear­lier.

“We were sup­posed to have a meet here on Satur­day that I was re­ally look­ing for­ward

to, but it got can­celed by the weather,” said Sweeney, who plans at at­tend Western State Univer­sity in Colorado this fall. “To­day I was re­ally look­ing to keep drop­ping time and I came in six sec­onds faster than be­fore. We still have SMAC here in a cou­ple of weeks and then re­gion­als and states and that’s pret- ty much my fo­cus from here on out.”

Among the Charles County schools, Lackey run­ners set the tone ear- ly when Syd­ney Wil­liams won the girls 55 hur­dles (8.27) and later Do­minique Jef­fery fin­ished sec­ond in the 500 (1:20.60). The Charg­ers’ Lau­ryn Young placed fifth in the triple jump (34-5 1/2 inches) and sev­enth in the high jump (4-10), while Court­ney Hawkins capped the meet by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the shot put (38-8).

“Con­sid­er­ing that we only had 10 that we could en­ter, I was very sur­prised that we fin­ished as high as we did,” Lackey head coach Ji­mari Jones said. “We had a few events where we didn’t run any- body. Con­sid­er­ing that we were third against those big­ger schools, I was pleas­antly sur­prised. Now we’ll prob­a­bly rest up and get ready for SMAC, re­gions and states.”

West­lake’s boys per- formed su­perbly on Mon­day. Will Moten won both the 55 (6.51) and the 300 (35.15), with Wolver­ines team­mate Thomas Al­corn (35.69) sec­ond in the lat- ter. Al­corn would later atone by cap­tur­ing the 500 (1:05.70), estab­lish­ing a new meet clock­ing for that event. West­lake’s boys took the 800 re­lay (1:31.37) in meet record fash­ion and fin­ished sec­ond to Doug- lass in the 1,600 re­lay.

It was the sec­ond win of the hol­i­day week­end for West­lake’s boys, tak­ing the top spot at the third league meet of the season Fri­day night in Landover. The Wolver­ines scored 105 points, 15 1/2 bet­ter than Hunt­ing­town. In girls, Leonard­town had 131 points, 50 more than Great Mills.

PHOTO BY BRAN­DON MILES

West­lake High School’s Thomas Al­corn draws clear late to cap­ture the boys 500-me­ter dash at the South­ern Mary­land In­door Track & Field Clas­sic at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports & Learn­ing Com­plex in Landover on Mon­day. Al­corn es­tab­lished a new meet record of 1 minute 5.70 sec­onds.

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