STEVENSVILLE — It may not be the fastest team out of the blocks at the beginning of a season, but Cambridge-South Dorchester High’s track and field team is once again showing it can finish strong down the stretch.

Carrie Price won the 3,200 meters and Destiny Frantum, Kenya Jones, Tatyana Dugars and Julya Wallace teamed to win 4x200-meter relay Thursday, May 16, as the Vikings held a six-point lead in the girls’ competition at the end of Day 1 of the Class 1A East Region track and field championships at Kent Island High’s Andy Schipul Stadium.

Cambridge-SD will enter Day 2 on Saturday with 55 points, six ahead of second-place Perryville in the two-team race for the 1A girls’ crown. The next closest team, Mardela, is 34 points behind Perryville.

Snow Hill has 48 points and holds an 11-point lead on Colonel Richardson in the 1A boys’ competition.

Harford Tech held a one-point advantage on Kent Island in the 2A girls’ team race, and led North Caroline by 1½ points in the 2A boys’ competition.

Both meets are scheduled to resume Saturday at 10 a.m. at Kent Island.

“I think our (4x200) relay is a group of really talented girls, and I think they’ll go head to head with the kids at the state level,” Cambridge-SD head coach Dr. Lois Narr said. “So I’m really excited about them.

“And I’m really excited about Carrie, too,” Narr said. “She wasn’t seeded first in that race, but she really was tough in that race. She totally owned it.”

Price settled into second place as Washington’s Mariana Day jumped to an early lead. But the Cambridge-SD senior moved in front on lap three and never relinquished the lead, crossing the finish line in 12 minutes, 34.21 seconds. Day was second in 13:10.43.

“I know basically every one of the runners that I’m running with, so I kind of know their racing strategy,” Price said. “So I went out kind of knowing she (Day) would go out quick. I knew I couldn’t let her go too far, but I also wasn’t going to full-out sprint. I eventually caught up and tried to make the gap as big as possible.”

Frantum, Jones, Dugars and Wallace capped an impressive showing of speed by the Viking girls, as they clocked a first-place 1:46.81 to win the 4x200 relay almost six full seconds ahead of runner-up Joppatowne.

Jones (12.83) ran the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter preliminaries, with Wallace clocking the second fastest mark (12.85) and Dugars the sixth (13.35). Wallace (26.60, Jones (26.78) and Brianna Wongus (26.82) went 1-2-3 in the preliminaries for the 200 meters.

Alexus Spriggs, Alison Ridgely, Price, and Riley Keener gave Cambridge-SD a runner-up finish in the 4x800 relay, posting a time of 11:18.47. Sarah Condon was second in the pole vault, clearing 7-3, and Frantum, who cleared the same height, was fifth.

Boosting Colonel Richardson’s point total on the boys’ side were Dakota Wilson, who won the 1A long jump with a leap of 21 feet, Jordan Gabriel, third in the shot put (41-2), the second-place 4x200 relay of Trevor Opher, Elijah Palmer, Romar Jones and Wilson (1:35.21), and the third-place 4x800 relay of Jones, Sam Arnold, Jaiden Downing and Davis Newcomb (9:00.72).

The top four finishers in each event qualify for next week’s state championships.

Seeded No. 1 in the 1A girls’ triple jump, North Dorchester senior Jasmine Lofland took first place with a leap of 34-7, almost a full foot ahead of runner-up Samantha Wehmer of Patterson Mill.

“I really don’t think about my seed, I just go and compete,” Lofland said. “So in my mind I wasn’t thinking, ‘Oh, I’m first. I have this already.”

Kent Island’s girls stayed right on the heels of Harford Tech in the 2A competition. Sydney Bowman gave the Bucs 4x800 relay (Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle, Jules Biggam, Kyra Schulties) the lead on the second leg en route to a winning time of 9:49.60.

Kratovil-Lavelle again dropped her time in the 3,200, registering a season-best 12:09.84.

The Kent Island junior held the lead for six laps at the Cambridge Classic in late March before being passed by North East’s Caroline Roberts. That would not be the case as yesterday’s meet wound down, with Kratovil-Lavelle moving to a slim lead early and steadily expanded it, finishing almost nine full seconds ahead of Roberts.

“I’m not quite where I want to be,” said Kratovil-Lavelle, whose career best is an 11:44. “Today is the fastest that I’ve run it all season so I can say I’m satisfied with that, but I’m not yet satisfied because I want to be faster. We’re still headed in the right direction, but I wish I would have had a time like this earlier in the season because now I only have one meet left.”

Kent Island also got a lift from McKenzie Mogel, who placed third in the 2A girls’ discus (87-4).

North Caroline’s boys’ team received title-winning efforts from Geni Roberts in the long jump (21-4) and Kendron Wayman in the shot put (48-3), a runner-up performance from Jordan Figueroa in the pole vault (11-9), and third place from Montreyse Deshields in the long jump (20-4¼) .

The Bulldogs also got a lift from William Christophel, who was part of a seven-man pack that clung together for the bulk of the 2A boys’ 3,200 meters. That bunch broke off into a furious four-man sprint for the finish, as North Harford’s William Tikiob (9:48.44) won, holding off the charge of Kent Island’s Finn Walsh (second, 9:48.74), Christophel (third, 9:49.27) and Harford Tech’s Kevin Baranoski (fourth, 9:50.54).

Easton’s Clayton Tyler and Ucheyah Aguoru delivered the fastest times in the preliminaries of the 2A boys’ 100 and 200 meters. Tyler had the fastest time in the 100 (10.82) and 200 (22.06), while Aguoru was second in both preliminaries, 11.27 in the 100, 22.49 in the 200.

Tyler and Aguoru joined Darrin Moon and Tah Jay Jenkins on Easton’s 4x200 relay, which finished first (1:30.15) after Wicomico — which beat the Warriors — was disqualified for an early handoff.

Easton’s Makhi Taylor was second in the long jump at 20-11¾.

Kent Island’s boys’ 4x800 relay of Cade Donnelly, Shane Kirkwood, Walsh, and Isaiah Schulties finished second in 8:13.77. The Bucs also got a runner-up finish from Styles Wilson in the high jump (6 foot), and third-place efforts from Tyler Kintop (shot put, 43-2) and Caden Getek (pole vault, 11-3).

North Caroline’s Emily Lewis and Samantha Cash were 1-2 in the preliminaries for the 100 hurdles.

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