fighting himself with about 200 meters remaining.
“I couldn’t hear nothing at all, except my own thoughts,” Koletsky said. “Coming into that turn [pointing toward the curve at 200 meters] I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, I need to stop right now or I’m going to die.’ And I was like, ‘I
can’t do it. Not my last high school race.’ I wanted to give up so bad.”
Koletsky didn’t give up, or fade, crossing the finish line in a personal-record time of 1 minute, 58.06 seconds to beat runner-up Donovan McClellan (1:59.23) of Boonsboro and third-place Tyreke Thompson (1:59.52) of Fairmont Heights.
Koletsky, who won the 800 and anchored the winning 3,200 relay at this year’s state indoor championships,
gave Cambridge-SD its first individual outdoor champion since Jessica Narr won the girls’ 1,600 and 3,200-meter titles in 2014, and became the Vikings’ first male champion outdoors since Nicky Purnell rallied to beat Easton’s Mark Brown for the 300-meter hurdles championship in 1985 for Class B (now Class 2A).
“I didn’t prepare well at all for this first race because I had no events all day until now,” Koletsky said. “I
didn’t prepare as good as I should have. That’s why I’m in pain now; I’m dying over here. But once I got past that (turn) my mindset of ‘I can’t stop’ carried me into the finish. It’s even better than the four by eight.”
“He ran his heart out,” Narr said.
As did Kent Island’s Brandon Nichols earlier Saturday while taking runner-up honors in the 2A boys’ 3,200 meters, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was cancelled because of the thunderstorm that rolled through Baltimore.
Nichols and teammate Erick
Sanchez ran fourth and fifth, then dropped to fifth and sixth through the early and middle laps of the race as Calvert’s Justin Diehl moved into the lead.
“I knew it was fast,” Nichols said of the pace. “We hit that second lap, Diehl kind of took the lead, I knew we were way ahead of what I thought we were going to be. I wasn’t sure what I was going to kind of do, because at that point I was already further up than I thought I was going to stay. Me and Erick were kind of in the same place for awhile, and he was hanging in.
“Then we hit the first mile, 4:40, really fast, and that’s when I kind of settled into a real pace again, started dropping back a little bit,”’ Nichols said. “And then I hit those last two laps with everything I had.”
Nichols made a big move on the bell lap, passing everyone except Diehl — who won in 9:32.79 — and pushed down the final stretch before raising his arms in celebration and then collapsing with a new school record 9:36.61 that broke Kent Island’s