Ail­ing foe in­spires Patux­ent’s Jack­son; Lackey’s Wil­liams wins four events

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY DAN ROTH dan.roth@wash­post.com

BAL­TI­MORE — Patux­ent’s Hay­ley Jack­son didn’t take any time to cel­e­brate her sec­ond Mary­land out­door state cham­pi­onship Satur­day at Mor­gan State.

Af­ter cross­ing the fin­ish line in the 1,600 me­ters in a 2A state record-break­ing 4:51.26, the se­nior shifted her fo­cus to the up­com­ing 800, and the per­son who fin­ished one spot ahead of her the last time she ran it at the state meet.

In March, dur­ing her fresh­man year at Elon, Molly Off­stein, a grad­u­ate of Moun­tain View in Frost­burg, was struck by a car dur­ing a morn­ing run. Off­stein hos­pi­tal­ized in a veg­e­ta­tive state.

“[Off­stein] was a re­ally good com­peti­tor of mine, and I loved rac­ing her be­cause there was al­ways some­body there to push me through when I was tired,” said Jack­son, who broke the 2A 3,200 record Thurs­day in 10:21.73.

If Jack­son was feel­ing any ex­haus­tion, she didn’t show it as she cruised to her third vic­tory in the 800 in 2:12.81.

“As I started com­ing around the sec­ond lap, that’s when I started feel­ing [tired],” Jack­son said. “I thought . . . ‘She’s not giv­ing up, so why should I?’ ”

Lackey’s Syd­ney Wil­liams won four open events — the 100 (12.17 sec­onds), 100 hur­dles (14.5), 300 hur­dles (43.44) and long jump (19 feet 1 inch) — to power the Charg­ers to a 2A girls’ team cham­pi­onship with 113 points.

“I’ve been fo­cus­ing more on my­self this sea­son be­cause I used to be on re­lays,” the se­nior said, be­fore adding that she hopes her team­mates “know that with­out me, they’ve [still] got this in the bag.”

Lackey se­nior Do­minique Jef­fery, mean­while, claimed vic­to­ries in the 200 (24.94) and 400 (56.21).

Oxon Hill’s 4x800 team of An­thony Wim­bish, Aaron Robin­son, Randy Serville and Gary Ross set a 3A state record in 7:49.15. Robin­re­mains son also won the 400 (47.81), while Ross took the 800 (1:52.62). Daniel Ge­orge, mean­while, won the 300 hur­dles (37.98) and as part of the Clip­pers’ 4x100 re­lay, which won in 42.76, as Oxon Hill se­cured the boys’ team ti­tle with 89 points.

Dou­glass se­nior Kollin Smith took home a trio of gold medals with vic­to­ries in the boys’ 2A 110 hur­dles (14.65), 300 hur­dles (39.04) and long jump (23-5.5). On the girls’ side, se­nior team­mate Sea­sons Usual won both the dis­cus throw (149-5) and shot put (43-1).

“It feels amaz­ing,” Smith said. “Great way to cap­i­tal­ize on my se­nior year. Started out rough, but my par­ents used to al­ways tell me it’s not about how you start, but how you fin­ish.”

Nails done for prom later in the evening, C.H. Flow­ers se­nior Pharist O’Neal bolted to a pair of vic­to­ries in the 100 (11.92) and 200 (24.31), cit­ing team­mate Collese Da­ley’s per­for­mance in the 400 as mo­ti­va­tion.

“Af­ter Collese won the 400 [in 56.18] out of Lane 1, she just put some fire un­der my, you know, be­hind, ” O’Neal said. “That was some great run­ning by her and my dif­fer­ent team­mates.”

The C.H. Flow­ers girls locked up their fourth con­sec­u­tive 4A state ti­tle, in­clud­ing in­door cham­pi­onships, with 85 points.

Ju­nior Div­i­nus Muteba won the high jump (6-4) and North­west took both the 4x800 (8:01.64) and 4x200 (1:28.87) to re­peat as 4A boys cham­pi­ons with 64.5 points. On the girls’ side, Editta Pes­sima saw her re­cent work on lean­ing through the hur­dles pay off as she swept the 100 and 300 in times of 14.41 and 44.38.

“When you go over the hur­dle, you want to bend down lower so that you can get to the ground and come out faster,” Pes­sima ex­plained.

Poolesville’s Ryan Lock­ett won both the 3A 1,600 (4:23.7) and 3,200 (9:24.62), and Suit­land’s Isa Bynum took the 4A long (21-8) and triple (47-2.5) jumps.

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