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