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of is­sues to get higher up on the pole,” White­ley added.

Help­ing push North Caro­line’s boys to a fourth-place fin­ish in the team com­pe­ti­tion were Christo­pher Hale, who was third in the 55 hur­dles (8.26) and fourth in the high jump (5-8), pole-vault run­ner-up Will Sa­muels (10-6), and Navar So­lis, who placed third in the shot put with a heave of 42-6¾.

Emily Gates and Keashia John­son qual­i­fied for a pair of in­di­vid­ual events to lead Queen Anne’s County’s girls’ team to a fifth-place fin­ish in the 2A meet.

While Patux­ent stand­out Hay­ley Jack­son ran away with the 800 and 1,600-me­ter ti­tles, Gates was run­nerup in the 800 (2:33.75) and third in the 1,600 (5:41.39). Gates was also part of two state-bound re­lays, join­ing Tay­lor Peck, Ju­lia Reed and fresh­man new­comer Cam­ryn Win­gate on the sec­ond­place 4x800 (10:39.69), and team­ing with Peck, Reed and John­son for fourth in the 4x400 re­lay (4:29.54).

“Emily was phe­nom­e­nal, I mean she ran her heart out,” Queen Anne’s head coach Natasha Wright said. “She was re­ally mo­ti­vated. She was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed in her per­for­mance at Bay­sides and she came out and re­ally proved that with a stel­lar per­for­mance.”

The Bay­side Con­fer­ence cham­pion in the 55 me­ters, John­son was third in the 55 (7.46), then took fourth in the 300 with a mark of 42.90.

“She did not dis­ap­point,” Wright said of John­son. “She came out and she got some PRs, and she did what she needed to do as a se­nior, prov­ing her­self on the track and mak­ing it to states.”

Cade Stan­field and Bran­don Ni­chols ac­counted for over half of the points pro­duced by Kent Is­land’s boys, who fin­ished sixth. Stan­field clocked an 800 time of 2:08.51 to place sec­ond to Park­side’s Pa­trick Tem­ple in the 800, and was fourth in the 500 (1:11.28). West­lake’s Jay Hall (4:37.70) held off Ni­chols (4:38.40) to win the 1,600, and also took first in the 3,200, where Ni­chols fin­ished fifth in 10:23.35. Kent Is­land’s 4x800 re­lay (Ni­chols, Stan­field, Shane Peters, Erick Sanchez) qual­i­fied for states with a third-place 8:41.48.

“Like I said at Bay­sides, it’s mostly our cross coun­try team,” Kent Is­land head coach Justin Hol­land said in ref­er­ence to Ni­chols, Stan­field, Sanchez and Peters. “They like each other. They have goals, they’re fo­cused and they what they want.”

Queen Anne’s Ian McGrory took third in the high jump (5-8), while team­mate Cordell Rogers fin­ished fifth in the 55 sprint (6.79) — qual­i­fy­ing for states — and sev­enth in the 300 (37.57).

In its first sea­son hav­ing an in­door pro­gram, Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester fin­ished with a pair of cham­pi­ons. Se­nior Trevor Good­win won the 1A boys’ 1,600 me­ters in 4:49.61, and Ja­nee Qualies was first in the girls’ 500, post­ing a time of 1:25.94.

“Trevor’s been train­ing real hard all win­ter long, and all his hard work has fi­nally paid off,” Cam­bridge-SD head coach John Shaw said. “He fi­nally got back to where he was at the end of out­door last year, run­ning in the low 4:50s. It just goes to show you after you put in a whole bunch of hard work it does pay off in the end.

“Ja­nee’s just a work­horse,” Shaw con­tin­ued. “She came out dur­ing cross coun­try and built her stamina up, and then start­ing in­doors she’s just got stronger and stronger and stronger, and her times have just dropped and dropped and dropped.”

Fourth in the boys’ com­pe­ti­tion, the Vik­ings just missed hav­ing a third re­gional cham­pion in their in­au­gu­ral sea­son, as se­nior Matt Ko­let­sky fin­ished sec­ond in the 800 (2:03.21), fall­ing just short against Fair­mont Heights’ Tyreke Thomp­son (2:03.12). Good­win was fourth in the 800 (2:09.95) and Car­son Tay­lor was third in the 1,600 (5:03.29).

Cam­bridge-SD earned 14 points in the boys’ 1A pole vault, as Ian Ma­son took sec­ond at 9-6, fol­lowed by team­mate Zhi­hong Pang (9-0) in third. Tay­lor Pohl qual­i­fied in the shot put with a fourth-place ef­fort of 367½. The Vik­ings also qual­i­fied for states in two re­lays, the 4x800 (Good­win, Tay­lor, Pang, Ko­let­sky) fin­ish­ing third in 9:15.84, the 4x400 (Good­win, Dante Meekins, Ko­let­sky, Tay­lor) tak­ing third in 3:55.31.

The Vik­ing girls fin­ished sixth over­all, with Qualies earn­ing points with her sixth-place ef­fort in the 300 (46.08) and Car­rie Price fin­ish­ing third in the 3,200.

Buoyed by Emily McAl­lis­ter’s win­ning per­for­mances in the 1,600 and 3,200, Snow Hill girls placed sec­ond in the 1A com­pe­ti­tion with 93 points — nine points be­hind cham­pion Sur­rattsville. The Ea­gles’ Kelsey Hall was sec­ond in the 500 and 800, and took third in the 1,600. The Ea­gles’ Emily Mast was sec­ond in the 3,200, and third in the high jump, while Snow Hill’s 4x800 re­lay took first place.

Eas­ton’s Claire Dowd was fifth in the 2A girls’ 1,600 (5:52.03) and 3,200 (13:15.37), and Rye­sha Savoy was fifth in the 55 hur­dles (9.71).

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