KI’s Bowen third in long jump
BALTIMORE — Trevor Goodwin stayed close to the lead.
Connor McCroy then took it.
Carson Taylor kept the lead, lost it, then regained it before Matt Koletsky got a hold of it and widened it so by the time he came off the last turn and stormed down the final straightaway, no one was going to come close to taking it away.
Clocking its best time of the season, Cambridge-South Dorchester High’s Goodwin, McCroy, Taylor and Koletsky teamed to win the boys’ 3,200-meter relay title in 8 minutes, 10.87 seconds Thursday afternoon at the Class 1A state track and field championships at Morgan State University.
Heavy rain and lightning forced the postponement of last night’s final events on Day 1 of the 2A and 1A state meets. The 2As and 1As are scheduled to resume on Saturday at 10 a.m.
“It’s all about heart and hard work,” Cambridge-SD head coach Dr. Lois Narr said. “Best group of guys I’ve ever coached. Most talented group of guys I’ve ever coached.”
Goodwin ran the opening two laps of the eight-lap race and stayed in contact with Fairmont Heights’ lead man, who was in first place at the first baton exchange.
“I knew he was really, really fast, and I probably wouldn’t have been able to beat him,” said Goodwin, who ran his best split of the season. “But I knew if I was close we would have a great shot.”
Goodwin was close when he handed off to McCroy, a sophomore, on an otherwise all senior team. McCroy didn’t go tearing after the lead, but steadily closed on the lead.
“Just reel him in and when I feel good pass him,” said McCroy, who ran a 2:03 split, his best of the year.
“It’s amazing today,” McCroy said of the weather, which was a comfortable mix of sun and clouds before the storm rolled in around 6 p.m. “I felt like I was floating. It hurt, but I felt like I was floating. I’ve never run that fast before.”
Prior to this spring, Taylor had never run outdoor track before. A member of the Vikings’ lacrosse team, Taylor ran indoor track this winter and joined Goodwin, McCroy and Koletsky to win the 3,200-meter relay at the state indoor championships. He decided to stay with track instead of lacrosse in the spring, a choice his teammates were more than glad he settled on.
“I ran indoor and we won states there, too,” Taylor said. “So it was like, ‘I want another state title.’ So I just came and ran track. I don’t regret it at all.”
The team’s least experienced runner, Taylor took the baton and lead from McCroy and admitted to feeling a little pressure as he was passed early before eventually taking the lead back.
“I knew I had to hold it, but he caught me as soon as the first 100 was over,” Taylor said. “So I just stuck with him and he ended up dying so I passed him, pulled ahead.”
Taylor steamed toward Koletsky, who took off and made sure there would be no late dramatics or huge come-frombehind kick from Fairmont Heights, and he covered the final 800 meters in a PR time of 1:57.
“There was no way that guy was passing me,” Koletsky said with a broad grin. “We knew if we got the baton at least with 10 to 20 meters ahead of next place, then we knew we were going to give our heart out and get it again.”
Like Goodwin and McCroy, Koletsky logged his fastest split of the season — Taylor matched his personal-record split — and was never in any danger of relinquishing the lead as he crossed the finish line almost 5 full seconds ahead of Fairmont Heights’ runner-up time of 8:15.44.
“This is something I probably wanted since I started track,” Koletsky said. “I’ve always been a middle-distance runner and our four-by teams would just come up and we’d be like a sixth-place finisher in the middle of the pack. But now we’re actually supporting CSD in a good way.
“Probably the best feeling of my life. This is the best feeling I’ve had more than indoor,” said Koletsky, who helped the Vikings clock a winning time of 8:32.34 to beat Fairmont Heights for the indoor title.
“Amazing,” Goodwin added. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my senior season.”
North Caroline junior Ja’Mion Franklin was looking to close his season in similar fashion, but earned runner-up honors in the 2A boys’ shot put.
Washington’s Joshua Sproles cleared the bar at 6 feet, 2 inches to win the 1A boys’ high jump title with Snow Hill’s Daimian Thornton (510) taking third, and Washington’s Ra’Shaun Fitzgerald (5-10) fourth.
Kent Island’s David Bowen placed third in the 2A boys’ long jump with a leap of 211½. Kollin Smith of Douglass was first with a 23-5½.
North Caroline’s Devin Robinson was third in the 2A boys’ pole vault, clearing 13 feet. Liberty’s Zach Stump won with a vault of 14 feet.
Cambridge-SD’s Janee Quailes was third in the 1A girls’ triple jump at 34-8¾, while teammate QuaNiah Quinones was fifth at 33-5½.
Queen Anne’s was fourth in the 2A girls’ 3,200 relay, as Sheqoya Moore, Margaret Meehan, Emily Gates and Taylor Peck finished in 10:00.53. Kent Island’s boys’ team of Cade Stanfield, Erick Sanchez, Cameron Bouie and Brandon Nichols was fourth in the 2A boys’ 3,200 relay (8:20.12.).
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Kent Island’s David Bowen flies through the air during the boys’ long jump competition at the Class 2A state track and field championships. Bowen placed third with a leap of 21 feet, 1½ inches.