Gates and Taylor Peck, who won in 10:11.90.
Kent Island’s Fiona Mulligan and North Caroline’s Katie Saathoff matched the Bayside record in the girls’ pole vault by clearing the bar at 10 feet, but it was the Buccaneer sophomore who made the height in fewer attempts to win the title and dislodge the defending champion.
“My personal record was 9-6 so I was hoping to clear 10 and that’s what I did,” said Mulligan, who had not made it over 10 feet in competition this season prior to yesterday. “We’ve been practicing a lot and working on technique so just working hard.
“I’ve been trying to clear that,” Mulligan continued of the 10-foot mark. “I didn’t think it was going to be any different but it was. I like it.”
Kent Island junior Molly Connelly wasted little time in moving to a substantial lead in the girls’ 3,200, and lapped runners over the final stages of the race before crossing the finish line in 12:07.98 — 37 seconds ahead of runner-up Maryam Alnaseri of James M. Bennett.
Aided by five conference record-breaking performances, Bennett won the girls’ team title for the first time since 2008, finishing with 121 points to dethrone two-time defending champion North Caroline, which took second with 104½ points.
“The girls, we knew we were missing a bunch from last year,” Whiteley said. “After seeing (James M.) Bennett, we realized they had what we had last year and they were going to be really hard to beat. But my girls stepped it up today. We thought we’d lose by 40 or 50 points to Bennett after what we had seen all season.”
The Bulldogs made it close, led by their 1,600-meter relay team of Katie Saathoff, Kyra Schulties, Emily Lewis and Lizzy Walston, who won in 4:12.43 — 12 seconds ahead of second-place Cambridge-SD.
The Vikings finished fourth, led by Janee Quailes, who won the triple jump in 34-11. Quailes also teamed with Destiny Frantum, Brianna Wongus and Oyeronke Oyerinde to place second in the 400 relay — eclipsing the conference record with a 50.69 — and 800 relay (1:46.59), which also broke the old conference mark.
Cambridge-SD was also second in the 1,600 relay.
Notes: Parkside’s Nayel Oge set a new Bayside record in the boys’ 200 (21.90), and also won the 100-meter title (10.90). ...Seven new conference records were set on the girls’ side with Bennett’s Ashley Woolfork winning the 400 (57.09) and 300 hurdles (45.05), Jennica Terry taking first in the 100 hurdles (14.96) and Sarah Louk winning the long jump (18-1½). Bennett’s 400 relay (Azarelle Mapp, Louk, Trinity Dix, Woolfork set a new mark of 50.36, and the 800 relay team of Mapp, Louk, Alexis Collier and Terry ran a 1:45.52 to set a new record.
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