Bucs’ boys place second in 3,200 meters
— Matt Koletsky never liked
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
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.
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.