Lackey, McDonough, West­lake top re­gion at in­door meets

Lackey girls, West­lake boys win 2A East in­door meet; McDonough boys take 1A East Re­gion crown

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

LAN­DOVER — As they have through­out the in­door track and field sea­son all win­ter, the Lackey High School girls and West­lake High School boys made quick work of their op­po­si­tion on Mon­day evening to cap­ture their re­spec­tive Class 2A East Re­gion cham­pi­onships at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports & Learn­ing Com­plex.

Fur­ther bol­ster­ing the dom­i­nance of Charles County run­ners at the meet, the McDonough boys team pulled away from Sur­rattsville of Prince Ge­orge’s County to at­tain the 1A East Re­gion crown.

The Lackey girls ac­cu­mu­lated 121 points to nearly dou­ble that of run­ner-up North Caro­line (66) of Caro­line County, while West­lake (29) fin­ished sev­enth, one spot ahead of South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence foe Calvert (25). Patux­ent (23.5) fin­ished 10th, while La Plata (5) was 14th of 15 girls squads who scored.

Among the Lackey run­ners, ju­nior Do­minique Jef­fery tuned up for the upcoming 2A state cham­pi­onships at the same venue with a trio of vic­to­ries. Jef­fery edged se­nior team­mate Syd­ney Wil­liams in the 300-me­ter dash (40.21 sec­onds) by a half of a sec­ond, nipped

her again in the 55 (7.32) by six one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond, then just out­lasted North Caro­line se­nior El­iz­a­beth Wal­ston to pre­vail in the 500 (1 minute 21.84 sec­onds) by 21 one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond.

“In the 300, I was mainly just go­ing out there and try­ing to go as hard as I could,” Jef­fery said. “I got off to a fast start and I was able to get a big lead. I was ahead early in the 500, but I re­ally had to pump my arms to keep go­ing. That was a lot harder. But now I feel like I’m in a good spot for states.”

Wil­liams did later pre­vail in her sig­na­ture event, the 55 hur­dles (8.44) by nearly four-tenths of a sec­ond over se­nior team- mate Nikiya Mitchell. The Charg­ers 1,600 re­lay quar­tet of fresh­man Day- nah De­sir, ju­nior Des­tiny Thomp­son and sopho­mores Erin Pear­son and Tay­lor Wil­liams (4:14.59) tri­umphed, while ju­nior Courtney Hawkins suc- cess­fully de­fended her ti- tle in the shot put (39 feet even) with se­nior team- mate Elysse Jack­son tak- ing sec­ond (34 feet 5 1/2 inches).

West­lake’s boys dis- played their prow­ess again in the sprints as well as the dis­tance events to win the team ti­tle with 121.50 points, with Lackey in sec­ond at 56.50. Calvert was eighth with 23 points fol­lowed by La Plata in ninth with 19, Patux­ent 14th with seven and Stone 15th with two.

Wolver­ines se­nior Will Mo­ton de­feated team­mate Thomas Al­corn in the 300 by al­most a sec­ond (35.05), then Al­corn drew clear from sopho­more team­mate Justin McIn­tyre to cap­ture the 500 (1:06.45) by nearly four sec­onds. Moten also edged Lackey ju­nior Justin Green in the 55 (6.52) by 12 one-hun- dredths of a sec­ond.

“We’ve been com­pet­ing for the same team ev- ery year since the sixth grade,” Al­corn said of his friendly ri­valry with team- mate Moten. “We were run­ning against each other in mid­dle school, in club and now in high school. We just keep push­ing each other to keep get­ting bet­ter. If we keep im­prov­ing, then we know the team wins and team ti­tles will come.”

West­lake was equally as strong in the var­i­ous re­lays. In the 800, se­niors An­thony John­son, Al­corn, To­bias Hur­ley and Moten com­bined to pre­vail in 1:32.01, over two sec­onds ahead of Lackey’s quar- tet of ju­nior Justin Green and se­niors Tevin Thom- as, Jonathan Wood and Tre Gul­ley. Later, Moten, McIn­trye, Hur­ley and Al­corn com­bined to cap­ture the 1,600 (3:34.08) by more than five sec­onds over Lackey ju­niors Joshua Red­den and Demetrius Sims and se­niors Wood and Wil­liam Cham­bers.

While Moten and Al- corn dom­i­nated the sprints for West­lake, Wol- ver­ines ju­nior Jay Hall en­joyed a big lead early and then just out­lasted Kent Is­land’s Bran­don Ni­chols by seven-tenths of a sec­ond to pre­vail in the 1,600 (4:37.70), then later he drew off from Calvert sopho­more Justin Diehl to cap­ture the 3,200 (9:51.17) by more than 12 sec­onds.

“I thought I was go­ing along pretty eas­ily in the 1,600,” Hall said. “I want- ed to get out in front and main­tain the pace. I didn’t know how close [Ni­chols] was get­ting un­til I heard some of my team­mates yelling to pick it up. In the 3,200, I felt pretty good. I knew Justin was be­hind me the whole time, but I felt strong.”

In many of the SMAC meets this win­ter, McDonough had been over­shad­owed by Charles County rivals Lackey and West­lake, but it gar­nered a fair share of the spot­light Mon­day evening. The boys eas­ily cap­tured the 1A East Re­gion ti­tle with 111 points, 39 bet­ter than Sur­rattsville, thanks to the ef­forts of ju­nior Hezikiah Hawkins, se­nior Ri­cardo Oliva, Brant But­ler and Avaughn Hol­ley.

Hawkins edged Oliva by three one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond in the 300 (37.60), But­ler pre­vailed in the 55 hur­dles (8.06), then Hawkins edged Hol­ley in the 55 dash (6.66) by six one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond. Oliva, Hawkins, But­ler and Hol­ley com­bined to cap­ture the 800 re­lay (1:35.34). Hol­ley also won the high jump (6-2), while ju­nior Jonathan Thomp­son cap­tured the shot put (39-2).

McDonough’s girls placed fifth with 44 points be­hind cham­pion Sur­rattsville, which won with 102. Sopho­more Al­li­ayah Ot­t­ley placed sec­ond in the 300 (44.71), while the 800 (1:55.25) and 1,600 re­lays (4:38.63) also picked up run­ner-up fin­ishes.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF TWIT­TER: @LACKEYATHLETICS

Lackey claimed the Class 2A East Re­gion girls in­door track and field cham­pi­onships on Mon­day evening at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports & Learn­ing Com­plex in Lan­dover. The Charg­ers scored 121 points to nearly dou­ble that of run­ner-up North Caro­line (66) of Caro­line County.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF TWIT­TER: @MCDONOUGHSPORTS McDonough claimed the Class 1A East Re­gion boys in­door track and field cham­pi­onships on Mon­day evening at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports & Learn­ing Com­plex in Lan­dover. The Rams scored 111 points, 39 bet­ter than sec­ond-place Sur­rattsville of Prince Ge­orge’s County.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF TWIT­TER: @TRACK_WESTLAKE West­lake claimed the Class 2A East Re­gion boys in­door track and field cham­pi­onships on Mon­day evening at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports & Learn­ing Com­plex in Lan­dover. The Wolver­ines scored 121.50 points, 65 points bet­ter than sec­ond-place Lackey.

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