West­lake boys, North Point girls pre­vail in track and field meet

West­lake boys, North Point girls pre­vail in track and field quad meet

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

Less than a week af­ter com­pet­ing in the pres­ti­gious Penn Re­lays in Philadel­phia, sev­eral se­nior mem­bers of the West­lake High School out­door track and field team were able to com­pete on the home course for the last time on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

West­lake se­nior Thomas Al­corn, who is headed to the Univer­sity of Hous­ton this fall, was part of both the 400 and 1,600 re­lays at the Penn Re­lays and then re­turned to win the 200- (21.6 sec­onds) and 400-me­ter dashes (49.2) on Tues­day in his fi­nal home meet. Al­corn, who is ex­pected to step right into a key role with Hous­ton next sea­son as a fresh­man, could also join the col­lege team on a trip to Tai­wan this sum­mer.

“It was great be­ing able to watch my fu­ture col­lege team­mates com­pete at the Penn Re­lays,” Al­corn said. “It was my last chance to com­pete for my high school team up there and we did re­ally well. Then to be able to com­pete in my last home meet to­day was re­ally spe­cial. I wanted to go out on a win­ning note.”

Al­corn’s ef­forts in the in­di­vid­ual events and the re­lays en­abled the Wolver­ines to sweep the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence quad meet also in­cluded Chop­ti­con, McDonough and North Point.

West­lake (10-1 SMAC/ over­all) de­feated North Point 75.50-61.50, al­though the Ea­gles won the 1,600 re­lay, downed Chop­ti­con 96-41 and trounced McDonough 114.50-17.50. North Point (11-2) downed Chop­ti­con 112.50-24.50 and McDonough, 118-19, while the Braves (5-8) de­feated the Rams (2-11), 91-41.

While sev­eral male mem­bers of her team headed north for the Penn Re­lays, North Point High School se­nior Mal­lo­rie Smith stayed closer to home last week­end to con­test the Ga­tor In­vi­ta­tional at Reser­voir High School in Howard County. Tues­days, Smith tuned up for the SMAC cham­pi­onships by tak­ing the 400 (58.5) and the long jump (18 feet 2 inches) in com­fort­able fash­ion.

“I’ve been run­ning 57’s all sea­son,” said Smith, who is headed to Tem­ple Univer­sity this fall along with Lackey se­nior stand­out Syd­ney Wil­liams. “I’m re­ally hop­ing to get down around a low 55 or high 54 at the SMAC and re­gional meets. I know I will have a lot of good com­pe­ti­tion at those meets.”

Smith’s per­for­mances on Tues­day were part of the rea­son the Ea­gles

girls swept the quad meet. North Point (10-3) edged West­lake, 72-55, de­feated Chop­ti­con 80-53 and McDonough, 91-28. West­lake (5-6) edged Chop­ti­con, 70.50-52.50 and downed McDonough, 68-27, while the Braves (4-9) de­feated the Rams (0-13), 85-37.

Smith was not the only mem­ber of her team to record a pair of vic­to­ries on Tues­day. Se­nior dis­tance spe­cial­ist Rachel Nueslein made her fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for her last bids for added SMAC, re­gion and state ti­tles by tak­ing the 800 (2 min­utes 38.6 sec­onds) and 1,600 (5:33.7) runs, while soph­sec­ond omore Mya Riven­burg fin­ished in both events.

McDonough may not have emerged with a team vic­tory on Tues­day, but ju­nior Bre­anna Perry cap­tured the girls 100 (12.2) and 200 (25.8), while ju­nior Joyah Magee won the shot put (30-7) and fin­ished sec­ond in the dis­cus (82-2) be­hind West­lake se­nior Mikayla Hin­nant (87-6), who was sec­ond in the shot put.

North Point sopho­more Ken­del Ham­mock and se­nior team­mate Tyran Proc­tor fin­ished one-two in the 100 hur­dles and 300 hur­dles — Ham­mock win­ning in 15.4 and 41.7, re­spec­tively with Proc­tor just three-tenths of a sec­ond in the 100 hur­dles — while Ea­gles sopho­more Austin Geier took the 800 (2:02.3). Chop­ti­con sopho­more Tyler Mo­drze­jew­ski edged West­lake ju­nior Jay Hall in the 1,600 (4:39.8), but Hall pre­vailed in the 3,200 (10:02.9) by nearly a minute with twin brother Jett Hall fin­ish­ing third.

“I re­ally just wanted to take it easy to­day,” said Jay Hall, who will clash with North­ern’s Charlie Sweeney and Greg Old­ham and Calvert’s Justin Diehl in sev­eral dis­tance races at the SMAC cham­pi­onships, which will take place Tues­day and Wed­nes­day at Hunt­ing­town High School. “There is a lot of good com­pe­ti­tion at the SMAC among boys dis­tance run­ners. At re­gions it should come down to me and Justin, but SMAC is go­ing to be tough.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

North Point High School se­nior Mal­lo­rie Smith pulls away from her ri­vals to cap­ture the girls 400-me­ter run in 58.5 sec­onds on Tues­day af­ter­noon at West­lake High School. Smith is one of the fa­vorites to cap­ture the 400 at the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships, Class 4A East Re­gion cham­pi­onships and 4A state cham­pi­onships and she will be headed to Tem­ple Univer­sity this fall.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

West­lake High School run­ners An­thony John­son, Ka­mari Walker, To­bias Hur­ley and Thomas Al­corn, pic­tured here af­ter com­pet­ing in their fi­nal South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence home meet on Tues­day, com­prised the 1,600 re­lay at the pres­ti­gious Penn Re­lays last week­end.

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