CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge-South Dorchester High girls’ track and field team finished third in the inaugural North Bayside track and field championships, which began Thursday, May 2, and was completed the next day after a weather delay.
The Vikings won three of the four relays, including a make-shift 4x400 team of Tatyana Dugars, Sarah Condon, Alexus Spriggs and Brianna Wongus.
“Very happy with what they did,” said Viking head coach Lois Narr, of the 4x400’s first-place mark of 4:20.55. “We just kind of threw that group together like a meet ago. They worked really hard and they make a really good team.
“Feel great going into Baysides. Feel great going into regionals,” said Narr, who watched Destiny Frantum, Oyerinde Oyeronke, Jones and Wallace win the 4x200 (1:48.48) on Thursday, and Frantum, Jones, Wongus and Wallace win the 4x100 Friday in 50.29. “We are always slow to come on. Every season, whether it’s cross country or track, you’ll see us in the beginning, you won’t think much of us. And then at the end, a lot of coaches will tell me, ‘Where did that girl come from? Where she’d come from? Where did that person come from?’ It just takes us a whole season to get people to feel confident about what they can do.”
Rob Thomas leaned against the chain-link fence separating the track and bleachers at Cambridge-South Dorchester High’s Viking Stadium on Friday, May 3, and smiled.
North Caroline High’s head coach knew his team captured a piece of history by winning the boys’ and girls’ team titles at the inaugural North Bayside track and field championships. What Thomas really wants though is for his teams to use their performance as motivation for Saturday’s Bayside Conference championships on the same track.
Trailing Kent Island by six points through nine events before lightning and heavy rained forced Thursday’s meet to be concluded Friday, North Caroline girls scored big in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and long jump en route to finishing with 183 points, 11 ahead of the runner-up Buccaneers.
The Bulldogs held a seven-point lead on the Bucs through 10 boys’ events Thursday at Kent Island’s Andy Schipul Stadium, and widened that margin 24 hours later, amassing 191½ points to Kent Island’s second-place total of 144½.
“A motivator. That’s all I was kind of looking for from this meet,” Thomas said not long after another light-hearted exchange with Kent Island head coach Justin Holland. “I told them no matter what, they’ll go down in history as the first ones to ever win the North Bayside title. But take that motivation into next week, into next Saturday for Baysides.”
Saturday’s conference championships has the potential of becoming the fourth installment in this year’s rivalry between the division powers, with North Caroline holding a 2-1 edge via title sweeps at the Cambridge Classic and North Bayside championships, while the Bucs won both team crowns at the Kent Island Invitational.
And while the North Caroline-Kent Island duel has added spice to this outdoor season, Thomas and Holland were more focused on performance and fine-tuning their respective teams heading into the stretch run.
“We used this meet to test people’s endurances; try them out in different events and see how they can do,” Holland said. “The North has a lot of distance runners. So we wanted to see how our distance (runners) could do against them and I think we fared rather well.”
With the exception of North Caroline’s Emily Lewis winning the 100 and 400 on Thursday, Kent Island won the other four open events on the girls’ side. Senior Kyra Schulties, who won the 1,600 meters and was second in the 400 Thursday, was even with Cambridge-SD’s Brianna Wongus, Julya Wallace and Kenya Jones coming out of the turn in the 200 Friday before pulling away in the closing final meters for a first-place time of 26.81 seconds. Schulties added a third title as she broke away from the pack early in the 800 en route to a first-place time of 2:29.48.
While Kent Island also got title-winning efforts from Fiona Mulligan (pole vault) and McKenzie Mogel (shot put), Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle’s win in the 3,200 (12:34.60) and runner-up effort in the 1,600 could provide an added boost next week.
“Charlotte in the mile yesterday and the two-mile today ... obviously that was a bonus that she had a day break,” Holland said of the 1,600 and 3,200 being run on separate days. “We’ve been trying to build her confidence up and get her time back down to last year.”
Those combined efforts though weren’t enough to offset North Caroline’s strong Day 2 showing. Sierra Price (15 feet, 11 inches), Zoe Durner (14-4½) and Chyna Slaughter (13-3½) finished first, fourth and eighth, respectively, for an 18-point haul in the girls’ long jump. Prior to that, Lewis led a 1-2-4 North Caroline finish in the 300 hurdles, making the senior the meet’s only athlete to win four individual titles.
“It’s the first North Bayside (meet),” Lewis said. “We wanted to make a statement. I made my statement, and by the end of this the whole team is going to make a statement; first North Bayside I hope.”
Lewis won the 100 hurdles on Thursday, then came right back to win the 100 meters, despite being seeded fourth.
“The 100 (meters) I was a little nervous about,” said Lewis, who clocked a first-place 12.83. “I definitely wanted first and I’ve been working on my blocks really good. I was really surprised I got first because I was ranked (fourth).”
Lewis added the 400 title to her list on Thursday, then came back Friday to win in the 300 hurdles, though she was hardly pleased with her time of 48.72, which was due partly to the strong head-wind runners battled on the home stretch. Teammate Samantha Cash was second (49.89) and Sierra Reynolds placed fourth in 52.41.
One runner who may have gained a big helping of confidence Friday was Kent Island’s Isaiah Schulties, who rolled to victory in the boys’ 800 meters, cutting through the headwind on the way to an outdoor personal-record 1:59.95 — nine seconds ahead of runner-up Connor McCroy of Cambridge-SD.
“I was looking at the rankings for 2A state and I realized I was just falling behind against the competition,” Isaiah Schulties said of the 800. “So I was like, today is the day. I’m fresh because (Thursday’s) storm cut off half our meet. So I’m fresh for the 800, so I might as well go for my hardest PR just so I can catch back up to the competition.”
The sophomore did that, then closed the meet by anchoring the Buccaneers’ winning 4x400 relay of Sean Hobbs, Avery Hanesworth and Shane Kirkwood, which finished in 3:42.40.
North Caroline’s William Christophel may have also picked up some confidence heading into the Bayside and regional meets. The junior anchored the Bulldogs’ winning 4x800 relay on Thursday then finished fourth in the 1,600. Recovering from a bout of strep throat from a week ago, Christophel moved to the front of the pack immediately in Friday’s 3,200, and stayed there the rest of the way en route to a first-place time of 10:26.61. McCroy was second in 10:58.18, while Kent Island’s Finn Walsh, who battled Christophel in both the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Cambridge Classic, did not run Friday.
“Coming into the race, I felt tired,” Christophel said. “But as soon as the bell goes off the adrenaline just kind of takes hold and I go. Happy with the time considering what state I’m in right now.”
Helping pad North Caroline’s victory on the boys’ side were Geni Roberts, who won the triple jump in 42-5¾, Kendron Wayman, first in the discus with a throw of 147-10, Jakeem Brown, who edged Colonel Richardson’s Sam Souil to win the 300 hurdles in 43.27, and 200-meter champion Carlton Johnson, who nipped Colonel’s Trevor Opher with a time of 24.75.
Colonel Richardson totaled 108 points to finish third in the boys’ standings, bolstered by its winning 4x100 relay of Jaiden Downing, Romar Jones, Elijah Palmer, and Opher, who together ran a 45.89.