Lions’ girls fifth in region; Gates, Johnson to states
His ranks thinner than recent years, North Caroline High head coach Glen Whiteley took a different approach at Monday’s Class 2A East Region indoor track and field championships, allowing his girls to be selective when it came time to picking their events.
That move worked quite nicely as the Bulldogs placed second to Lackey in the girls’ competition at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.
“The girls really surprised me because we’re down on numbers,” said Whiteley, whose team finished with 66 points, well behind Lackey’s 121 total, but 16 ahead of third-place Marriotts Ridge. “I even took people out of events so they could do better in their favorite events, events they had a shot in, or could score. So we threw away a couple of points and still ended up second.”
Pacing the Bulldogs was Katie Saathoff, who won the pole vault, clearing 9 feet, 6 inches on one less attempt than runner-up Kara Osborne from Parkside.
“Katie missed a height early just because her steps were off,” Whiteley said. “But she wasn’t attacking. Once she settled down, she did fine.”
Saathoff was also part of North Caroline’s 4x400-meter relay, joining Pearl Sutton, Kyra Schulties and Lizzy Walston, who ran a huge anchor leg, rallying the Bulldogs to a second-place finish of 4 minutes, 28.33, more than a full second ahead of third-place Queen Anne’s (4:29.54).
“Lizzy had a great anchor leg,” Whiteley said. “We were sitting in fourth and she caught up to second.”
Walston also clocked a personalrecord 1:22.05 to take second in the 500 meters, while the 4x800 relay of Megan Hannegan, Schulties and freshmen Sierra Reynolds and Sutton won with a season-best 10:20.64.
“The girls that I thought would make states did,” Whiteley said. “Everybody had good performances. There were a lot of PRs and bests. So they peaked when it counted.”
Among those efforts, were Kelsey Sloan’s runner-up performance in the high jump (4-10), Schulties finishing third in the 800 (2:34.14), and Mia Phillips running fourth (9.32) in the 55 hurdles.
The top four in each event, or those meeting the event standard, qualified for the state championships Feb. 20 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
The only North Bayside athlete to walk away with a pair of individual championships was North Caroline senior Devin Robinson, who won the boys’ pole vault (12 feet) and high jump (5-10).
“He’s just a natural talent,” Whiteley said of Robinson. “He’s one of the most consistent. He works a lot. He could be way better if he could get more time into practice.
“He’s very confident in his ability to get over 11 or 12 feet, but he’s still struggling with a couple
Kent Island’s Dylan Finlay gains control of Queen Anne’s Trysten LaBrier in the 132-pound bout last Friday evening at Queen Anne’s County High School. Finley won a 10-6 decision.