Bucs’ boys place sec­ond in 3,200 me­ters

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

— Matt Ko­let­sky never liked

BAL­TI­MORE run­ning.

That opin­ion slowly changed dur­ing his fresh­man year at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High af­ter he broke his el­bow wrestling.

“I thought it was kind of dumb,” Ko­let­sky said of run­ning. “But I had no other choice but to do it be­cause I liked com­pet­ing. And my (older) brother (Jeff) con­vinced me to come out.”

Four years later, Ko­let­sky has quite a dif­fer­ent opin­ion.

“I think it’s ac­tu­ally one of the best things that’s hap­pened to me,” Ko­let­sky said Satur­day af­ter win­ning the Class 1A boys’ 800-me­ter ti­tle at the state track and field cham­pi­onships at Mor­gan State Univer­sity, giv­ing the se­nior his fourth state ti­tle this school year.

“When he joined cross coun­try he thought it was like so stupid,” said Cam­bridge-SD head coach Lois Narr, smil­ing while re­call­ing one of her first mem­o­ries of Ko­let­sky. “He didn’t come to camp or any­thing be­cause he just thought it was id­i­otic. Af­ter a cou­ple races we re­al­ized he was pretty good, even at that dis­tance.”

And he’s proven to be pretty good at shorter dis­tances as well.

The an­chor for the Vik­ings’ 3,200-me­ter re­lay team that won the state ti­tle Thursday, Ko­let­sky went into Satur­day’s 800 with the idea of play­ing fol­low the leader early. But that plan was soon scrapped when he moved right to the lead head­ing into the back straight­away on the first lap.

“I ac­tu­ally was go­ing to let peo­ple take it out,” Ko­let­sky said. “But my coach was telling me if it’s not fast enough then I have to keep the pace to my­self. No one cut into lane one fast enough so I took it and didn’t look back.”

Ko­let­sky set­tled into the lead po­si­tion and opened a nar­row, but far from com­mand­ing gap, through the open­ing lap. He stretched his ad­van­tage slightly on his sec­ond trip down the back­stretch but ad­mit­tedly started

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Is­land High’s Ca­t­rina Coyner hits a fore­hand dur­ing her 6-4, 6-3 vic­tory over River Hill’s Anna Ar­tasova in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the MPSSAA state ten­nis tour­na­ment Fri­day at Wilde Lake Ten­nis Club in Columbia.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Kent Is­land’s David Bowen, left, breaks from the start­ing blocks in the 2A boys’ 400 me­ters at Satur­day’s state track and field cham­pi­onships.

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