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