Track and field ath­letes work out kinks in sea­son opener

La Plata, North Point ath­letes open sea­son with quad meet at North Point

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

For many of the com­peti­tors at Wed­nes­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence out­door track and field sea­son opener at North Point High School, it was all about work­ing out the kinks and the lit­tle things that they haven’t quite got­ten down yet, in­clud­ing striv­ing for a per­sonal record time.

Through it all there were sev­eral top boys and girls fin­ish­ers in the quad meet that also in­cluded Calvert, North­ern and La Plata.

Of­fi­cial re­sults of the meet were not avail­able by press time and will be posted on­line at www.somd­ once re­ceived.

“We had a lot of peo­ple out that never ran track be­fore and we made ev­ery­one run and con­trib­ute in dif­fer­ent events to­day,” North Point head coach De­bra Hall said. “Our sprint­ers and mid-dis­tance are le­git and with our fresh­men we have on the team make us even more strong. So I’m very ex­cited we had a good meet to­day.”

North Point se­nior Mal­lo­rie Smith cruised to first-place fin­ishes in the 200-and 400-me­ter dashes.

“My fa­vorite has to be the 200 just be­cause I can show­case the strength of the 400-me­ter dash, but also the speed of a 200-me­ter run­ner,” said Smith. “Right now I’m work­ing on my times and try­ing to build up for the post­sea­son meets.”

Last sea­son as a ju­nior, Smith had a strong post­sea­son in the 400, claim­ing a SMAC ti­tle, plac­ing sec­ond at the Class 4A East Re­gion cham­pi­onships and capped the out­door sea­son off with her first-ever state crown with a time of 56.42 sec­onds, some­thing she wants to ac­com­plish again as her fi­nal out­door sea­son is un­der­way.

“Def­i­nitely one of my main goals is to win an­other state cham­pi­onship not just in the 400, but I want to win the 200 and the long jump if I have the chance to,” Smith said.

Hall added: “She’s a re­turn­ing state cham­pion and she’s been

work­ing real hard. She has a very good chance of fin­ish­ing strong in the post­sea­son once again.”

North­ern had sev­eral in­di­vid­ual win­ners as sopho­more Jas­mine Hol­land col­lected wins in the triple jump (36 feet 10 1/2 inches) and the long jump (17-1 1/4).

“Well to­day I was a cou­ple inches off in the long jump which is 17-4, so hope­fully I will be able to break that later in the sea­son,” said Hol­land, who placed sec­ond in the triple jump at Satur­day’s Sea­hawk In­vi­ta­tional at An­napo­lis high School with a leap of 37-4 3/4. “In the long jump, I want to work on be­ing more con­sis­tent on the board and in the triple I want my third phase to be as good as my long jump phase.”

Ju­nior Abby Sweeney (1,600), Clau­dia Dolan (3,200) and Sarah Deresky (800) were all vic­to­ri­ous.

In boys, North­ern se­nior Char­lie Sweeney won first place in the 3,200 and ju­nior Greg Old­ham took the top spot in the 800, out­last­ing Calvert ju­nior Jack Dodsworth, who fin­ished run­ner-up.

“I felt pretty good and my strength is there I haven’t worked on much speed stuff,” said Sweeney. “We do a lot of long dis­tance work in prac­tice, run­ning up­ward on the track for 25 or 30 min­utes at a fast pace. We have a very strong group of dis­tance run­ners on our boys and girls team.”

Dodsworth picked up a win in the meet, fin­ish­ing first in the 1,600 ahead of Old­ham, who came in the sec­ond spot.

North­ern head coach Josh Daw­son was pleased with his team’s over­all per­for­mance.

“It re­ally feels good to see the younger kids to know that all their hard is pay­ing off,” Daw­son said. “A lot of kids were happy with their times and so was I. We ran very good races to­day.”


North Point se­nior Mal­lo­rie Smith earned first-place fin­ishes in the 200- and 400-me­ter dashes in Wed­nes­day’s SMAC out­door track quad-meet that in­cluded Calvert, La Plata and North­ern.

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