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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