Con­tin­u­ing to shine

Lackey girls dom­i­nate sprints, re­lays at quad meet

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Cooler tem­per­a­tures greeted the hun­dreds of ath­letes who ar­rived at McDonough High School on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon for their South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence out­door track and field meet, but it hardly proved detri­men­tal.

One day be­fore sign­ing her National Let­ter of In­tent to at­tend Temple Univer­sity, Lackey High School se­nior Syd­ney Williams tuned up for next week­end’s Penn Re­lays by cap­tur­ing the 100-me­ter hur­dles and 200 dash and she also an­chored the 400 re­lay that in­cluded Erin Pear­son, Destiny Thomp­son and Do­minique Jef­fery. Thomp­son also won the 400 run, edg­ing Leonard­town’s Re­nee Nosko.

Of­fi­cial times and team scores were not made avail­able by press time.

“It was a good meet,” Williams said. “I wanted to PR and keep work­ing on get­ting ready for Penn Re­lays and SMAC [cham­pi­onships, sched­uled for May 9 and 10 at Hunt­ing­town High School]. I had a good race in the 200 and or re­lays were good. I had vis­ited other schools, but af­ter I vis­ited Temple I fell in love with the cam­pus and I didn’t go on any more vis­its.”

Williams nar­rowly won the 200 over Leonard­town ju­nior Leya Es­sex, who won the 100 and ran the sec­ond leg of the 400 re­lay that fin­ished sec­ond to Lackey’s quar­tet. Es­sex has en­joyed a ban­ner sea­son this spring for the Raiders and is among the squad’s bud­ding stars, ev­i­denced per­haps more in her nar­row set­back to NCAA Divi­sion-I

bound Williams than in her tally in the 100.

“I’m hop­ing to get 24.84 in the 200,” Es­sex said. “That would qual­ify me for na­tion­als and that’s where I would like to go. Syd­ney is re­ally fast and I was just hop­ing to stay close to her. Our re­lay ran re­ally well. Now we want to get ready for SMAC and then see what we can do at re­gion­als and states.”

While Es­sex is among the sport’s bud­ding stars, North­ern’s dis­tance spe­cial­ists Molly Bar­rick, Abby Sweeney and Clau­dia Dolan se­cured the top three spots in the 1,600 and later Sarah Deresky, Bar­rick, Sweeney and Dolan swept the top four spots in the 800. The Pa­tri­ots’ wealth of tal­ent would later ex­tend beyond that quar­tet.

“It was def­i­nitely a lot cooler today, but I pre­fer the cold weather,” Deresky said. “I knew Molly was right be­hind me push­ing me, so I re­ally could not let up. We have a lot of re­ally ta­lented run­ners on this team and it’s great to have that type of com­pe­ti­tion ev­ery day. It def­i­nitely makes us all bet­ter.”

Al­though she was not a fac­tor in the 800 dom­i­nated by her team­mates, North­ern ju­nior Kait­lyn De­lamer led through­out to pre­vail in the 3,200 by a com­fort­able mar­gin. De­lamer has al­ready com­mit­ted to the Univer­sity of Alabama for aca­demics.

“One thing that re­ally helps is the train­ing and con­di­tion­ing that we get from coach [Josh] Daw­son,” De­lamer said. “We also have a lot of re­ally good run­ners on the team and those other girls re­ally push me to get bet­ter. Today, I just wanted to stay on pace. I was able to break 13 [min­utes], but by SMAC and re­gion­als I want to go 12:10.”

North­ern se­nior Char­lie Sweeney con­tin­ued his dom­i­nance of the dis­tance events in SMAC events by cap­tur­ing the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Sweeney pulled away from Leonard­town se­nior Sam Kat­ulich in the 1,600 then dis­posed of team­mate Greg Old­ham in the 3,200, much to the plea­sure of Pa­tri­ots head coach Josh Daw­son who shouted en­cour­age­ment to his run­ners from the in­field.

“It was a great meet for a lot of our run­ners today,” Daw­son said. “We want to keep im­prov­ing as we head into the SMAC meet and then the [Class 3A South] re­gional meet [May 17 and 18 at Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County] and then the [3A] state cham­pi­onship meet [May 25 and 26 at Mor­gan State Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more]. A lot of our boys and girls have been steadily im­prov­ing over the course of the sea­son and their hard work shows in the results.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Lackey High School’s Destiny Thomp­son, cen­ter, pulls away from Leonard­town’s Re­nee Nosko, right, to pre­vail in the girls 400-me­ter run on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at McDonough High School in Pom­fret.

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