West­lake boys track and field sweeps meet

West­lake boys track and field sweeps North­ern, St. Charles to im­prove to 5-0

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Through the first two South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence out­door reg­u­lar sea­son track and field meets the West­lake boys and North­ern girls teams have shown how much depth they pos­sess.

And for the sec­ond straight week both teams used their deep and bal­anced unit to score points in ev­ery point, se­cur­ing an­other sweep in Tues­day’s tri-meet at St. Charles High School.

West­lake (5-0 over­all/SMAC) cruised to 95-37 and 98-34 wins over North­ern and St. Charles, re­spec­tively, in the boys race. The Pa­tri­ots (3-2) picked up a 8547 win over the Spar­tans (1-3).

The North­ern girls (5-0) rolled to a 92-43 win over St. Charles and 91-36 over West­lake. The Wolver­ines (2-3) de­feated 68-58 over the Spar­tans (2-2).

“I think the only reason we’ve been able to do as well as we have is be­cause of the depth,” North­ern head coach Josh Daw­son said. “I’m able to move ev­ery­one around to dif­fer­ent events or fo­cus on dif­fer­ent re­lays and still have enough

ath­letes to do well in all of the other events. I just hope that the depth we have is strong enough come the end of the sea­son so all of their hard work pays off in their opin­ion.”

The West­lake boys, the two-time de­fend­ing Class 2A state out­door cham­pi­ons, won 11 of 17 events, swept all the sprint and field events and won three of the four re­lays (400, 800, 1,600).

“We do have a deep team this year, which has made it nice to al­low some of our boys heal from in­juries that hap­pened dur­ing the in­door sea­son,” West­lake head coach Beth Shook said. “The dis­tance team and field events are re­ally com­ing along and we as a staff are very pleased with all their hard work.

West­lake se­nior Thomas Al­corn, a Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton com­mit, won the 200- (21.4 se­conds) and 400-me­ter dashes (49.1). Al­corn won the 2A state ti­tle state last spring in the 400.

“To­wards the end of the race I felt tight and didn’t get any knee lift like I was sup­posed to,” Al­corn said. “I wanted to run a low 47or 48-sec­ond time, but I have to work on pushing more.”

Se­nior Kyle Not­tage took first in the shot put (47 feet 8 1/2 inches) and dis­cus (141-9 1/2). Se­nior Will Moten, the de­fend­ing state out­door cham­pion in the 100 and 200, took first in the 100 (10.6), out­last­ing Al­corn by one tenth of a sec­ond. Se­nior John Wil­liams (high jump, 5-6) and Ratez McLau­rin (long jump, 19-9 1/2) also added vic­to­ries for West­lake.

“We use the reg­u­lar sea­son meets to see who will be run­ning in the cham­pi­onship meets,” Shook said. “The young ones are re­ally hun­gry and run­ning great times. That pushes the top kids to do bet­ter as they don’t want to get beat by their own team­mate.”

North­ern was led by se­nior Char­lie Sweeney with first-place fin­ishes in the 1,600 (4 min­utes 35.1 se­conds) and the 3,200 (9:51.0). The Pa­tri­ots also won the 3,200 re­lay (8:36.7).

St. Charles won three events on the day as se­nior Jor­dan Adams earned top spots in the 110 (16.4) and 300 (42.5) hur­dles. In his first sea­son run­ning out­door, se­nior Kieran Booker took first in the 800 (2:06.1).

“The 800 helps boost my stamina for the 400 and gives me that ex­tra lift,” said Booker, who also placed third in the 400.

Over in girls, North­ern won 11 events, in­clud­ing all four re­lay events. It was led by ju­nior Ash­lynne Raby with vic­to­ries in the 100 (12.3) and 200 (25.9). Se­nior Molly Bar­rick won the 800 (2:29.0) and the 3,200 (11:08.9). Sopho­more Jas­mine Holland added wins in the long jump (17-2) and the triple jump (362). Sopho­more Clau­dia Dolan also took first in the 1,600 run (5:38.6).

“It was exciting to win the 800 and the 3,200,” Bar­rick said. “I felt strong in both races. This meet pre­pares me for big meets this sea­son as well as the post­sea­son.”

West­lake ju­nior Jor­dan Davis won the 100 (17.4) and the 300 (48.4) hur­dles events. Se­nior Mikayla Hin­nant (shot put, 30 1 1/2), sopho­more Nad­jia Hask­ins (dis­cus, 69-1 1/2) and ju­nior Le’Anna Thomas (400, 1:00.8) won their re­spec­tive events.

St. Charles ju­nior Madisyn Clark won the high jump with a leap of 4-8.

“We have a young team and get­ting in good day of rac­ing against qual­ity op­po­nents that com­pete in the state helps us a lot,” Spar­tans head coach Chris McAl­lis­ter said. “I have strong score of 400 and 800 run­ners this sea­son.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

West­lake se­nior Thomas Al­corn rolls to a first-place fin­ish in the 200-me­ter dash in Tues­day’s SMAC out­door track and field tri-meet at St. Charles High School. He also won the 400.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

St. Charles ju­nior Kieran Booker leads the pack as he went on to win the 800-me­ter run in Tues­day’s SMAC out­door track and field tri-meet at St. Charles High School.

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