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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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PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

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.

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