throw. Upon hearing his distance of 129-6, Rochester launched himself into the arms of Franklin, who hoisted his jubilant teammate onto his shoulder.
“It was basically height because the wind was pushing my disc,” said Rochester, who kept his final heave low compared to his previous attempts. “I’m just excited.”
Franklin admittedly hasn’t had a lot of time this season to practice his throws because of his multiple visits to colleges recruiting him for football. But the Bulldog junior has steadily built momentum in recent weeks, and showed why he’s a serious statetitle contender by winning the shot by almost 10 feet and the discus by over 18 feet.
“I’ve been really trying to work hard to catch up since I haven’t been doing many meets,” Franklin said. “But it feels good to get off a couple of bombs in the regionals. I found my release point. I’m building.”
Nichols continued to build his resume, joining Cade Stanfield, Erick Sanchez and Cameron Bouie to win the 3,200-meter relay (8:31.62) on Thursday before winning the 3,200 in 10:06.17. Yesterday, the junior stayed near the front of the pack in both the 1,600 and 800 before pulling away for victories of 4:34.32 and personal-record 2:02.42 in the 800.
“My goal was to make it to states for all four of my events,” Nichols said.
The hardest of those titles to attain though was the 800.
“That last 100 had to have been the hardest that I’ve ever had to run,” Nichols said. “Having to keep looking back to make sure nobody was coming up. I looked back when I finished and I saw the gap … I never would have guessed
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Wicomico’s Mykaelah Jones, left, holds off Queen Anne’s Keashia Johnson on the way to winning the girls’ 100 meters at Saturday’s Class 2A East Region track and field championships.
North Caroline’s Kyle Schultz, left, heads to victory in the boys’ 400 meters at Saturday’s Class 2A East Region track and field championships. Queen Anne’s Cordell Rogers, center, was second, followed by Wicomico’s Latrell Moore, far right, in third.