Dom­i­nat­ing SMAC

West­lake boys win, Lackey girls edge North­ern at con­fer­ence in­door meet

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

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.

PHOTO BY CRAIG AMOSS

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.

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