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field, run­ner-up in the 800, and fifth in the 300 hur­dles, Cade Don­nelly and Shane Peters.

“We lost by half a point and they were dev­as­tated,” Hol­land said. “But it’s been a long time since we’ve been in the run­ning. The dis­tance team, we know they’re strong. We know they’re there, and they’re our bread and but­ter. But we know we can’t win with­out more peo­ple.”

Queen Anne’s strength looks to be with its sprint­ers, led by Cordell Rogers, who could chal­lenge for a state berth in the 100, 200, 400 and re­lay. He has fast com­pany with sprint team­mates Dion­dre Collins, David Carter, and Colin Brown, while Dy­lan Jones runs the 800 and 1,600 me­ters.

Sopho­more Tyler Fitez, third in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Cambridge-SD Clas­sic, leads Eas­ton. Colin El­liott could pro­vide points in the 1,600 and 800, where he fin­ished fifth and sixth in Cambridge. First-year head coach Les­lie Pas­sano will also look for points from se­nior Ian Stan­ley (400, hur­dles, re­lays), soc­cer stand­out An­drew Daly (200, long jump), Chris Har­ri­son (hur­dles) and Tyler Coyne (shot, dis­cus).

Though they don’t ap­pear to be a threat in the team race, North Dorch­ester could qual­ify a fast con­tin­gent for states, led by Davion Dock­ins (100, 200, re­lays), Jalen Tea­gle (long jump, re­lays), Seth Tal­ley (hur­dles), Kyle Hard­ing (re­lays), Jakob Todd (re­lays), and Wil­liam Lloyd (re­lays). Stephen Lay­ton could chal­lenge for the dis­cus ti­tle in the 1A East, and also throws the shot.

Ar­ling­ton John­son may be Kent County’s top hope­ful for a trip to states in the high jump and 100 me­ters. Head coach Richard Shaw looks to de­velop the tal­ents of Daniel Rick­man (800, 1,600), Chase An­drew (400, re­lays), C.J. An­drews (re­lays) and Stephen Camp­bell (shot, dis­cus). Girls’ Out­look James M. Ben­nett, which won 10 Bay­side cham­pi­onships in a 12-year stretch (1997-2008), has tal­ent, num­bers and will be tough to catch on the girls’ side, but two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion North Caro­line, Kent Island, Queen Anne’s and Cambridge-SD could bat­tle the Clip­pers.

De­fend­ing con­fer­ence and 2A East pole vault cham­pion Katie Saathoff is back to lead the Bull­dogs, along with Lizzy Wal­ston, who runs the open 400. North Caro­line should again be strong in the re­lays, with Saathoff, Wal­ston, Me­gan Han­negan and Kyra Schul­ties in the 4x400, and Han­negan, Schul­ties, Sierra Reynolds and Han­nia Jos­se­lyn in the 4x800.

Emily Lewis, who swept the 2A East hur­dles ti­tles as a fresh­man last year, is re­cov­er­ing from a leg in­jury. If Lewis re­gains her form, she could also run re­lays and pro­vide added strength.

Mia Phillips (hur­dles), Kelsey Sloan (high jump) and Han­negan (1,600, 3,200) can also score points, but the emer­gence of fresh­men Sierra Reynolds (pole vault, 400, 800, high jump) and Sierra Price (200, triple jump, long jump) could give the Bull­dogs a boost.

Hol­land said his girls’ team is “very young and very tal­ented, but very thin. We’ve al­ways had the tal­ent, and those years that we win we usu­ally have the num­bers. But we don’t have the num­bers.”

The Bucs do have tal­ent, led by the re­turn of se­nior Emma Tvelia, who missed the cross coun­try and in­door sea­sons. The de­fend­ing Bay­side and 2A East cham­pion in the 400 and 800, Tvelia is one of the con­fer­ence’s most ver­sa­tile run­ners — rang­ing from the 200 to 3,200 me­ters — and an­chored the win­ning 3,200 re­lay at the Cambridge-SD Clas­sic.

“She can do any­thing from the 200 to the two mile if we wanted her to,” Hol­land said.

Sopho­more Molly Con­nelly, who bat­tled in­jury late in the in­door sea­son, is back at the 3,200, where she and fresh­man team­mate Char­lotte Kra­tovil-Lavelle could dom­i­nate through the sea­son.

“Her and Molly are ba­si­cally go­ing to be push­ing each other,” Hol­land said of Kra­tovil-Lavelle, who won the 3,200 at Cambridge. “She’s a true fresh­man still learn­ing the ropes and as soon as she gets some con­fi­dence she’ll just be out­stand­ing.”

Third at Cambridge, sopho­more Fiona Mul­li­gan could de­velop into a force in the pole vault, while Ok­sana Fesz looks to earn points in the long and triple jump.

Queen Anne’s may not have enough to con­tend for team ti­tles at Bay­sides or re­gion­als, but head coach Natasha Wright has a solid core. Se­nior Keashia John­son, the de­fend­ing 2A East 100 and 200 outdoors cham­pion who took first in the 55 and 300 in­doors at Bay­sides this winter, runs the 100, 200 and 400, as well as a leg on the 4x400 re­lay. Se­nior Emily Gates can run any­thing be­tween the 800 and 3,200, while ju­nior Tay­lor Peck can be in­serted in the 400 through 1,600. She­qoya Moore has the po­ten­tial to score big points in the 200, 400, and re­lays, while Aryelle Miles and Javazy­era Blake hope to make noise in the shot and dis­cus.

Eas­ton grad­u­ated Kathr yn Gearhart — now run­ning at the Univer­sity of Mary­land — but could carry a small group to states, led by ju­nior Claire Dowd, who won the 1,600 at Cambridge and placed sec­ond in the 3,200, and se­nior Quinn Jen­nings, who was third and sec­ond, re­spec­tively, in the 100 and 200 in the 2A East last year. Ju­nior Molly Ford should again push for a trip to states af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the 300 hur­dles and fourth in the 100 hur­dles at re­gion­als last year. Se­nior Rye­sha Savoy (hur­dles, re­lays) and ju­nior Abby Wittman (shot, dis­cus, long, triple jump) hope to earn a trip to the state cham­pi­onships as well.

De­fend­ing 1A East cham­pion Cambridge-SD, which edged Snow Hill by four points for the girls’ crown a year ago, will be among the fa­vorites again this year. Narr wants her ath­letes try­ing dif­fer­ent events, and is just as de­lighted with her girls’ team as she is with the boys squad.

“I’m just tick­led,” Narr said. “The kids are en­thu­si­as­tic. I have a lot of kids that are new so we are still in a re­build­ing year with the girls. At this stage of the game I think we are ahead of where we had hoped. We’re still try­ing to fig­ure out where girls fit.”

Janaee Qualies, the de­fend­ing 1A East cham­pion in the 400 and triple jump, is back, along with de­fend­ing re­gion cham­pi­ons Des­tiny Fran­tum (pole vault) and Leah Kro­tee (300 hur­dles). Sec­ond in the 100 and fourth in the long jump at the Cambridge-SD Clas­sic, fresh­man Oyeronke Oy­eridue could be­come an in­te­gral part of Vik­ing for­tunes.

“You put that to­gether with a Ja­nee Qualies and a KirMya Wil­son, who’s back, and a Des­tiny Fran­tum and you’ve got a com­ple­ment of sprint­ers that I think can get the job done,” Narr said. “I’m su­per ex­cited about that.

North Dorch­ester bas­ket­ball star Ja­maya Con­away will look to de­fend her 1A East ti­tle in the 100 hur­dles, and bid for a spot at states in the high jump, and as part of a 4x100 re­lay that in­cludes Kyla Diggs, Jas­mine Loflan and Lau­ren Covey. Cap­tain Mya­sia Jones ran legs on both the 4x100 and 4x200 re­lays that qual­i­fied for states last year, and will look to qual­ify in the 200 this year. Lofland could be a fac­tor at re­gion­als in the long and triple jump, while Diggs pushes for a spot in the 200.

Colonel Richard­son’s Love Rene was re­gion run­ner-up in the 100 and 200 last sea­son, and Olivia Thomp­son was sec­ond in the high jump. Both hope to go one step fur­ther and lead a Colonel team that also fea­tures Tara Gomez (400, re­lays), Tiarah Martin (shot put), Emily Mank (800, 1,600), Li­line Souil (100, 200, re­lays) and Rachel Jesse (long jump). Kent County’s Bethany Heine­field looks to place in the 200 and 400 at Bay­sides and re­gion­als. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @Bil­l_Haufe. Email me at bhaufe@star­dem.com

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