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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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