runner-up Lizzy Walston of North Caroline. “I was trying to catch up to the girl in lane eight, and after that I just gave it all out.”
Queen Anne’s almost had a third individual champion, but North Caroline’s Kyra Schulties nipped Pack at the finish line to win the 800 meters in the closest race of the meet. Schulties won with a 2:24.30 to Pack’s 2:24.31.
“I was leading the entire way and I was really shocked because I’m thinking, ‘Someone’s going to pass me,’” Schulties said. “‘I know they’re going to pass me,’ but it never happened until like the last straightaway. And I just kept pushing it. And then the last 10 meters I see her (Pack) right next to me and I’m like, ‘I have to get it. I have to get first place.’ And at the last second I see us both dip over the finish line at the same time, and I had no idea what time we got. I thought she had won because she dipped harder. I was just shocked. She ran an incredible race, too.”
North Caroline (81 points) finished third with sophomore Emily Lewis placing third in the 100 hurdles, then blowing away the field in the 300 hurdles (45.88), despite having a bandage around her leg unravel and get hooked on a hurdle.
Second to Kent Island’s Fiona Mulligan at last week’s Bayside Conference championships, North Caroline’s Katie Saathoff rebounded to win the girls’ pole vault in 10-2.
“I haven’t been beat since indoor states so that kind of motivated me to work harder this week,” Saathoff said. “I’m happy. I was close to 10-8 so I have to work on some technique.”
Kent Island (72 points) was fourth, led by Molly Connelly, who continued her strong sophomore stretch run, winning the 3,200 (12:07.70) and placing second in the 1,600 (5:32.49). Connelly teamed with Fiona Mulligan, Carly Turner and Emma Tvelia for third place in the 3,200-meter relay, which finished in 10:23.82.
Kent Island freshman Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle qualified for states in the 1,600 (fourth, 5:44.50) and 3,200 (second, 12:30.84), while Mulligan, a sophomore, placed second in the pole vault (9-8).
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Queen Anne’s Taylor Peck, left, battles North Caroline’s Kyra Schulties as they approach the finish line of the girls’ 800 meters during Saturday’s Class 2A East Region track and field championships. Schulties won in 2:24.30, while Pack was second in 2:245.31.
Kent Island’s Brandon Nichols closes on the finish line en route to winning the boys’ 1,600 meters at Saturday’s Class 2A East Region track and field championships. Nichols also won the 800- and 3,200-meter crowns, and was part of the Bucs’ winning 3,200 relay.