Westlake boys win, Lackey girls edge Northern at conference indoor meet
Westlake boys, Lackey girls claim SMAC indoor meet titles
LANDOVER — In their final tuneup before heading into their respective region- al and state championships, the Westlake High School boys and Lackey High School girls both scored ti- tles on Saturday afternoon at the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championships at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Center.
The Westlake boys at- tained 123 points, nearly 50 more than runner-up Hun- tingtown (74), while Lack- ey (66), Leonardtown (60) and Northern (46) rounded out the top five. Among the girls, Lackey accumulated 146 points, 25 more than runner-up Northern (121), which more than doubled the sums of Leonardtown (53), North Point (46) and Great Mills (42), which com- pleted the top five.
Westlake’s boys made their presence known early and often during the meet. The Wolverines trio of Will Moten (35.20 seconds), Thomas Alcorn (35.84) and Tobias Hurley (37.32) oc- cupied the top three spots in the boys 300-meter dash and later they punctuated their dominance at the meet when Anthony Johnson, Moten, Alcorn and Hurley combined to capture the 1,600 relay (3 minutes 37.52 seconds) by nearly two seconds over runner-up North Point (3:39.33).
“The boys were really good today,” Westlake head coach Beth Shook said. “They went out there and did what they had to do. They were good in their individual events all day and our relays were really good. It was a great way to
go into the [Class 2A East] regional meet [Feb. 6] and then the state meet [Feb. 20]. We were missing a few girls today, so they’ll do better at regionals.”
Moten also won the 55 dash (6.52) narrowly over Lackey’s Justin Green (6.61), who had actually posted the fastest time in the preliminaries. Alcorn shattered the meet record in the 500 (1:06.43) by nearly a full second, while sophomore teammate Justin McIntyre (1:10.21) finished second. Wolver- ines distance specialist Jay Hall was second in the 3,200 (9:54.07).
Lackey’s girls edged Northern as the Char- gers displayed plenty of ability in the field events as well as on the track. Senior Sydney Williams captured the 55 hurdles (8.12) and 55 dash (7.38) and was second to junior teammate Dominque Jef- fery (40.55) in the 300. Senior Tre Gulley won the boys long jump (20 feet 4 1/2 feet) and junior Courtney Hawkins captured the girls shot put (40-4) by nearly seven feet.
“I think this meet gave me a lot of confidence moving into the regional and state meets,” said Wil- liams, who broke her own previous meet record in the 55 hurdles. “I was able to drop time in the 55 hur- dles and I ran well in the 55 and OK in the 300. My focus now is on the regionals and then getting ready for states. Today helped me get ready for those meets.”
Northern’s girls won the 1,600 (4:12.59) and 3,200 (9:56.74) relays, while senior Molly Bar- rick prevailed in the 1,600 (5:11.89) by nearly 10 sec- onds over Great Mills senior Annie Imhof (5:21.53). Northern’s Sarah Deresky (2:29.01) and Julia Gray (2:31.90) were one-two in the girls 800.
“When Elena [Teselle] handed me the baton for the last lap, I just focused to finishing the race as strong as I could,” said Northern junior Katerina Strayer, who anchored the Patriots’ 1,600 relay victory. “We all came in here and did our best. Now we have to continue to keep improving to get ready for regionals and states at the indoor meets and then get ready for the outdoor season.”
Northern senior Charlie Sweeney (4:28.88) outfought Calvert sophomore Justin Diehl to capture the boys 1,600 by two one-hundredths of a second follow- ing a torrid stretch battle, while Hall settled for third another four seconds back. Sweeney later prevailed over Hall by nearly 10 seconds in the 3,200 (9:44.30).
Calvert County’s strong- hold on the distance events also carried over into the girls events. Patuxent senior Hayley Jackson captured the 500 (1:16.74) by nearly two seconds over North Point senior Mallorie Smith and later Jackson established a new meet record when she prevailed in the 3,200 (10:52.26) by nearly 30 seconds over Barrick (11:21.19) with Northern’s Abby Sweeney taking third (11:34.71).
As was the case in the girls 800, the boys divi- sion of the same event came down to a clash among senior teammates as Leonardtown’s Samuel Katulich (2:02.93) edged Reed Pilkerton (2:03.21), while Huntingtown senior Colin Flynn (2:05.67) took third. Katulich and Pilker- ton are not only longtime teammates but also good friends and their competi- tion on the track is a genuine friendly rivalry.
“We train together al- most every day,” Katulich said. “We practice at the school and sometime we run through the park. Today, I was just hoping to follow Reed for as long as I could. He did a great job setting the pace. I was hoping to go 2:02-low, but I think I’m right on target where I want to be heading into the regional and state meets.”
Smith won the girls long jump (17-1), while Northern’s Jasmine Holland captured the girls triple jump (35-9) and Huntingtown’s Adam Kinder prevailed in the boys triple jump (41-8). Lackey’s Lauryn Young won the girls high jump (50), while Chopticon’s Isaiah Smith prevailed in the boys high jump (6-0).
The 1A and 2A East region championships are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at P.G. Complex, with the 3A East Region event at Baltimore Armory at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 and the 4A East championships at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at P.G. Complex.
Westlake High School’s Tobias Hurley completes the anchor lap of the 1,600-meter relay on Saturday afternoon in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Center in Landover to cement the Wolverines overall team title in the annual event.