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BALTIMORE The heat was definitely a factor at this weekend’s state track and field championships at Morgan State University’s Hughes Stadium. Just ask the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference athletes participating.
Most stayed under tents or umbrellas and kept sunblock on while keeping bottled water close by.
Calvert County’s schools participated in the 2A and 3A meets during the three-day event, which began Thursday with 2A competition and completed Saturday with competition in both classifications.
The 2A meet was won by Frederick Douglass of Prince George’s County on the boys side with 86 points. Patuxent finished 15th with 19 points, while Lackey finished 27th with four points and Calvert finished 29th with three points. For the girls, it was Liberty of Carroll County which won the meet with 73.5 points. Calvert finished 10th with 25 points, while Lackey wrapped up 15th with 20.5 points. McDonough finished 25th with seven points and Patuxent placed 33rd with one point.
In 3A, Potomac of Prince George’s won on the boys side with 79 points. Huntingtown finished fifth with 40 points, while Northern was 16th with 15 points. Thomas Johnson of Frederick County won on the girls side with 66 points. Huntingtown took home seventh place with 35 points and Northern placed 30th with two points.
The county had two individual state champions.
Northern sophomore Dj Workcuff didn’t let the heat get to him as he won the boys high jump and set a new school record for the Patriots with his jump of 6 feet 6 inches.
Workcuff said he really didn’t think he would place well, but he was concentrating on his craft and not concerned with the competitors around him.
“I knew there was a lot of competition, I didn’t think I would do very good,” Workcuff said. “I was just trying to do what I needed to do to jump. I knew the guy from Linganore won it last year and I thought the guy from Howard was going to beat me. If you believe that you can achieve something ... you can.”
Workcuff will be back to working on his basketball skills over the summer.
Huntingtown sophomore Shania Collins claimed the state title in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 25.03 seconds. Collins also brought in a second-place finish in the 800 relay as the quartet finished in 1 minute 43.40 seconds.
Freshman Clarke Hooper made her debut this year at Morgan State and got the 800 relay started. Hooper said her teammates who represented the Hurricanes with the state championship title last year were encouraging and prepping her for the two-day event.
“It was overwhelming [being first time to states] with a lot of competition,” Hooper said. “Everybody was fast. We were practicing hard this week. I think my nerves helped me. Everybody got closer and times improved coming out of indoor to outdoor. I’ve learned a lot with my posture and form and I definitely need to keep running and building my strength and endurance this summer.”
Huntingtown junior Ishmael Kamara finished second in the boys triple jump with a leap of 45-10 3/4, just behind Westlake’s Demetris Hazly-Ward, who won with a 47-4.
In 2A, Calvert senior standout Markeisha Creek finished second in the 100 dash (12.48) and third in the 200 (25.32), while junior teammate Alexus Smith finished third in the girls long jump with a leap of 17-9. Smith also finished 10th overall in the triple jump (32-5).
Calvert’s Courtney Mattson and teammate Hannah Aris placed well in the distance events.
On Thursday, Mattson finished 13th overall in the 1,600, crossing in 5:28.45, while Aris brought in a 5:29.32 for 15th place. On Saturday, Mattson finished eighth overall in the 3,200 (12:00.92) and Aris finished 12th (12:07.99).
“I’m very excited for several of my teammates and I to have advanced to the state meet,” Mattson said. “I’m very proud of our entire team's performance, given the very hot weather and that we were up against the best from all over MD.”
Patuxent’s Markus Gross finished third in the triple jump (43-11), tied for fourth in the high jump (5-10) and was 11th in the long jump (19-4).
The Panthers boys 400 relay competed well against Gwynn Park, taking second place with help from sophomores Tahir Tyler, Rafiq Douglas, AC Crawford, then junior Trey Lee took the anchor, crossing the finish line in 43.33. Gwynn Park took first in 42.94.