McDonough claims SMAC base­ball ti­tle with 13-in­ning win

Lackey girls, West­lake boys win team ti­tles

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

While the Lackey High School girls and West­lake High School boys were able to cap their re­spec­tive South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence out­door track and field team ti­tles with vic­to­ries in the fi­nal re­lays on Wed­nes­day at Hunt­ing­town High School, un­doubt­edly the high­light of the two­day meet be­longed to one se­nior look­ing to end her prep ca­reer in stel­lar fash­ion.

Patux­ent High School se­nior Hay­ley Jack­son has of­ten used the SMAC cham­pi­onships as a spring­board to re­gion and state ti­tles, but the premier dis­tance run­ner in the con­fer­ence has typ­i­cally fo­cused on two events dur­ing the post­sea­son. This year, how­ever, with her high school days wind­ing to a close, Jack­son has fo­cused on at­tain­ing ti­tles in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-me­ter runs and ended up with wins in all three with plenty to spare.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, Jack­son won the 3,200 in 10 min­utes 29.61 sec­onds that es­tab­lished a new SMAC record for that event, eclips­ing the mark she set three years ear­lier by nearly eight sec­onds. On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. she pro­ceeded to cap­ture the 800 (2:12.79) and 1,600 (4:55.19) in meet record fash­ion, giv­ing her a triple of records to go along with her medals.

“I was glad that I went out and did the 1,600 first and then came back and ran the 800,” said Jack­son, who ad­mits she plans to aim for all three ti­tles again next week at the Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships

at West­lake High School. “I wanted to break five min­utes in the 1,600, but I also wanted to save some en­ergy for the 800 and go for the record there and I was so happy to get it.”

Jack­son not only won all three events com­fort­ably, she won Wed­nes­day’s races as if she were out for a morn­ing stroll. Great Mills High School se­nior An­nie Imhof fin­ished sec­ond to Jack­son in the 800 af­ter pass­ing sev­eral ri­vals on the far turn, but she ad­mit­ted to hav­ing lit­tle or no chance of catch­ing the Pan­thers star in the late stages.

“She’s so fast and she does it so eas­ily,” said Imhof, a U.S. Naval Acad­emy re­cruit who fin­ished sec­ond in the 800, third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200. “Ev­ery­one else is run­ning hard try­ing to keep up with her and she’s just out those ba­si­cally on cruise con­trol. I was happy with my times in the 800 and the 1,600 to­day and in the 3,200 yes­ter­day. I’ve been train­ing hard, so I don’t re­ally feel like I’m fresh right now. But I’m look­ing to peak for re­gions and states.”

Lackey’s girls ac­tu­ally en­tered Wed­nes­day’s sec­ond day of SMAC com­pe­ti­tion in sec­ond place, 10 points be­hind North­ern. But the Charg­ers again got am­ple stel­lar per­for­mances from se­nior Syd­ney Williams, a Tem­ple Univer­sity re­cruit, in sprints and re­lays and from ju­nior Do­minique Jef­fery in the 200 and 400, where she and North Point se­nior Mal­lo­rie Smith, an­other Tem­ple signee, traded first- and sec­ond-place fin­ishes. Smith won the 200 in 24.99 and Jef­fery the 400 in 56.62.

“Last week at a SMAC meet I did 11.97 [sec­onds] in the 100, so I wanted to come here and prove that I could break 12 again,” Williams said. “I did 12.01 in the fi­nals, so I was happy with that. I had been com­ing in around 15 sec­onds in the 100 hur­dles all sea­son, so I was happy to go 14.7 to­day (fi­nal time was 14.62). Now I’m aim­ing for 14-low at re­gion­als and states.”

Head­ing into the last event of the two-day meet, the boys 1,600 re­lay, West­lake had al­ready se­cured the SMAC boys team ti­tle. Then head­ing into the last leg of the re­lay, West­lake se­nior To­bias Hur­ley faced a mod­est deficit against the North Point an­chor Wes­ley Do­gan af­ter re­ceiv­ing the ba­ton from se­nior team­mate Will Moten, who had an­chored the Wolver­ines’ 400 re­lay just min­utes ear­lier.

Un­fazed by the deficit and per­haps un­aware that the Wolver­ines would garner the boys team ti­tle re­gard­less of the out­come of the fi­nal re­lay, Hur­ley grad­u­ally sliced into his op­po­nents lead and ran him down in the straight­away to pre­vail by nearly two lengths. West­lake won the event in 3:22.99 and claimed the team ti­tle with 105 points, with Hunt­ing­town (90.50), Leonard­town (82), North Point (77.50) and Lackey (60) sec­ond through fifth, re­spec­tively.

“I just wanted to do what I could to help my team,” said Hur­ley, who plans to at­tend the Univer­sity of Mary­land Eastern Shore this fall. “I knew Will was com­ing back from an in­jury and that he gave it his all, although he was a lit­tle gassed the last part of it. They [North Point] beat us at our place last week in a quad meet, so we all re­mem­bered that. I just wanted it for my team.”

North­ern’s girls were un­able to main­tain their lead on the sec­ond day, thanks in part to Jack­son’s abil­ity to take the dis­tance races and Lackey’s dom­i­nance of the sprints and re­lays. But Pa­tri­ots se­nior Molly Bar­rick was sec­ond in the 3,200, while ju­nior Sarah Deresky was sec­ond in the 1,600 and third in the 800. Ju­nior Abby Sweeney was third in the 3,200.

Ju­nior Kataryna Strayer, Sweeney, se­nior Ju­lia Gray and Deresky com­bined to take the girls 3,200 re­lay (9:59.71), edg­ing the Leonard­town quar­tet of ju­nior Rac­quel Drexel, Tyra Coun­tiss, fresh­man Emily Sny­der and se­nior Liana Foian­ini (10:00.27). Leonard­town ju­nior Leya Es­sex fin­ished third in the 100 and fourth in the 400.

Lackey girls won the team ti­tle with 155.50 points fol­lowed by Hunt­ing­town (87.50), North­ern (87), North Point (75.50) and Leonard­town (60.50) sec­ond through fifth, re­spec­tively.

Hunt­ing­town’s Har­leigh White set a new SMAC record in the triple jump at 40 feet 3 3/4 inches to go along with her win in the long jump (17-8).

Leonard­town se­nior Reed Pilk­er­ton (2:00.81) led a Raiders sweep of the top three spots in the 800 with team­mates Sam Kat­ulich and Sean O’Roark fin­ish­ing sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

Calvert sopho­more Justin Diehl up­staged sev­eral of his older ri­vals when he cap­tured the 3,200 (9:23.52) on Tues­day nar­rowly over North­ern se­nior Charlie Sweeney (9:24.14), then the Cava­liers dis­tance spe­cial­ist pre­vailed in the 1,600 on Wed­nes­day over Sweeney (4:28.81), with Cava­liers team­mate John Dodsworth a solid third.

“That 3,200 race with Charlie was re­ally good,” Diehl said. “I think we both did the last lap in 65 [sec­onds]. That whole group is such re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion. Even hav­ing Jack [Dodsworth] as a team­mate push­ing me all sea­son has been great. He’s been one of the best kept se­crets in the league. If it wasn’t for him push­ing me in prac­tice and at the meets, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

West­lake High School se­nior Thomas Alcorn helps se­nior team­mate To­bias Hur­ley up off the ground af­ter the boys 1,600-me­ter re­lay on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at Hunt­ing­town High School. Hur­ley ran the an­chor leg for the Wolver­ines who won that event in 3 min­utes 22.99 sec­onds and the boys team ti­tle as well.

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