Westlake boys win, Lackey girls tie for 3rd in area indoor meet
Westlake boys win So. Md. indoor meet; Lackey girls tie for third
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.
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.