Lackey girls track and field wins 2nd-straight state ti­tle

Wil­liams wins 4 state ti­tles as Lackey girls win 2nd straight ti­tle; West­lake boys fin­ish 2nd

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­

BAL­TI­MORE — Amid the bevy of ex­cep­tional per­for­mances from male and fe­male ath­letes alike from the var­i­ous Charles County high schools that com­peted on Saturday at the state out­door track and field cham­pi­onships at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity, there was clearly one who shined bright­est of all on a day when the sun rarely did.

Lackey High School se­nior Syd­ney Wil­liams has been among the county, re­gion and state’s best sprint­ers and hur­dlers the past two sea­sons. On Saturday, she left lit­tle doubt about her sta­tus in those events.

Lackey’s girls eas­ily won the Class 2A state ti­tle for a sec­ond straight year by ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 113 points, best­ing Here­ford of Bal­ti­more County by nearly 50 points, as Wil­liams capped her prep ca­reer by win­ning four events.

“All sea­son I was look­ing to peak at this meet,” said Wil­liams, who is headed to Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity this fall. “I took a break dur­ing the mid­dle of the sea­son, but the last month has been about get­ting ready for this week­end. I re­ally wanted to win the 100 hur­dles and the 300 hur­dles. I was sur­prised at the long jump. This is the first year that I have com­peted in that event, so to go 19-1 is sur­pris­ing.”

Wil­liams won the 100-me­ter dash in 12.17 sec­onds, the 100 hur­dles in 14.50, the 300 hur­dles in 43.44 and the long jump at 19 feet 1 inch (a 2A record) to com­plete a grand slam of event ti­tles on Saturday. Wil­liams nar­rowly de­feated ju­nior team­mate Do­minique Jef­fery in the 100, but Jef­fery pre­vailed in the 200 (24.94) and 400 (56.21) to at­tain a double of her own.

Ju­nior team­mate Court­ney Hawkins fin­ished sec­ond in both the shot put (38-1) and the dis­cus (117-6) be­hind Sea­sons Usual of Fred­er­ick Dou­glass of Prince Ge­orge’s

County. Usual and Hawkins had also fin­ished one-two in those events at the 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships one week ear­lier at West­lake.

Speak­ing of West­lake, the Wolver­ines boys came painstak­ingly close to cap­tur­ing their sec­ond straight 2A state out­door ti­tle. West­lake col­lected 63 points on the day, but that was 2.5 shy of Cen­tury of Car­roll County and the over­all re­sult for the team ti­tle tro­phy hinged on one event that mir­rored the vir­tu­ally im­mea­sur­able dif­fer­ence be­tween the two squads.

In the boys 400 re­lay, the West­lake quar­tet of Ka­mari Walker, An­thony But­ler, To­bias Hur­ley and Will Moten stopped the timer in 43.10 sec­onds, but they ended up roughly twotenths of a sec­ond be­hind their coun­ter­parts from Cen­tury. West­lake won the 800 (1:28.71) and 1,600 (3:24.20) re­lays, but the points dif­fer­en­tial in the 400 proved to be the dif­fer­ence for the team ti­tle.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing that we could not win the team ti­tle, but we fin­ished out the meet with a win,” said Hur­ley, who an­chored the 1,600 re­lay victory and is now headed to the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Eastern Shore. “When Will handed me the ba­ton for the last lap, I knew that I couldn’t let us down. It’s been a great three years with a great group of guys. When I first got here, I didn’t think I would ever be good enough to make the team.”

West­lake’s 800 quar­tet con­sisted of But­ler, Thomas Al­corn, Walker and Moten, while the 1,600 was Al­corn, An­thony John­son, Moten and Hur­ley. Al­though the team ti­tle eluded him in his fi­nal meet with the Wolver­ines, Al­corn gave the fi­nal re­lay a com­fort­able early lead and he had pre­vi­ously won the 400 (48.74) and fin­ished third in the 200 (22.22).

“I re­ally wanted to go 47 and break the record,” said Al­corn, who is headed to the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton this fall. “I was happy that I won it, but I thought I could go faster. The re­lays have been re­ally good all sea­son. We knew Cen­tury was com­ing for us in the 400. That was a tough race, but the guys gave it their all out there.”

North Point High School’s Joshua Smith cap­tured the 4A state ti­tle in the dis­cus (1609), which ac­counted for the 10 points the Ea­gles boys scored in the 4A team stand­ings, ty­ing them for 28th with Bladens­burg of Prince Ge­orge’s County. Se­nior Mal­lo­rie Smith fin­ished fourth in the 200 (25.19) and the 400 (57.34) as the Ea­gles girls placed 14th over­all with 20 points. North­west of Mont­gomery County (64.50) and C.H. Flow­ers of Prince Ge­orge’s County (85) were the boys and girls state team cham­pi­ons, re­spec­tively.

Back in 2A, La Plata High School’s Alex Strong con­tin­ued his su­perb post­sea­son by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the high jump (6-4) and third in the 110 hur­dles (15.18) and the 300 hur­dles (40.35). Stone’s Hezekiah Hawkins fin­ished third in the 100 (10.96) and West­lake’s Kyle Not­tage placed third in the shot put (52-5).

Among county schools af­ter West­lake, La Plata tied Calvert and Ran­dall­stown of Bal­ti­more County for 13th in the 2A boys team stand­ings with 20 points, while Thomas Stone tied Patux­ent for 26th with eight and Lackey tied North East of Ce­cil County and Fran­cis Scott Key of Car­roll County for 29th with six. In 2A girls, West­lake tied New Town of Bal­ti­more County and Moun­tain Ridge of Al­le­gany County for 24th with eight points and Stone tied with Kent Is­land of Queen Anne’s County for 30th with three.

In 1A, McDonough’s Bre­anna Perry fin­ished sec­ond in the long jump at 16-10, which just 1/2 inch be­hind state cham­pion Aubree Boyle of Al­le­gany. Perry also had third-place fin­ishes in the 100 (12.70) and 200 (25.90) dashes as the Rams girls tied North­ern Gar­rett for 11th in the team stand­ings with 21 points. McDonough’s boys were 22nd with five points. Boons­boro of Wash­ing­ton County was the boys and girls state team cham­pion with 107.50 and 126.50 points, re­spec­tively.

St. Charles com­peted in the 3A com­pe­ti­tion with the boys get­ting 31st over­all with four points and the girls ty­ing Seneca Val­ley of Mont­gomery County for 31st with two. Oxon Hill (89) and Fred­er­ick (80) were the 3A boys and girls state team cham­pi­ons, re­spec­tively.


Lackey se­nior Syd­ney Wil­liams flies over the hur­dle on her way to win­ning the Class 2A 100-me­ter event in 14.5 sec­onds on Saturday at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more. It was just one of four state ti­tles for Wil­liams, who won the 300 hur­dles (43.44), 100 dash (12.19) and long jump (19 feet 1 inch).

Mal­lo­rie Smith of North Point was fourth in the Class 4A 400-me­ter dash in 57.34 sec­onds on Saturday at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more.


La Plata’s Alex Strong soars over the bar on his way to a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Class 2A high jump with a height of 6 feet 4 inches on Saturday at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more.

Thomas Stone’s Hezekiah Hawkins placed third in the Class 2A 100-me­ter dash in 10.96 sec­onds on Saturday at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more.

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