CAMBRIDGE — North Dorchester High School senior Jasmine Lofland won the long jump (16-11½) Saturday, May 11, at the Bayside Conference track and field championships at Cambridge-South Dorchester High’s Viking Stadium.
She also finished second in the girls’ triple jump to North Caroline’s Sierra Price. Price won with a jump of 35 feet, 5 inches. Lofland had a leap of 34-11 to take runner-up honors, while Wicomico’s Jonysha Prucien finished third.
The Cambridge-South Dorchester girls’s team finished third overall with 94 points. The CSD boys placed 12th overall with 20 points. The North Dorchester girls finished 10th with 18 points. The Eagles boys’ team did not score a point.
Tony Gonzalez’ role wasn’t marked by time, distance or placement.
Gonzalez ran legs on the North Caroline High boys’ 4x800- and 4x400-meter relays that finished second and seventh, respectively, but did not score in the open 800 and 1,600.
But Bulldogs head coach Rob Thomas said the senior did have a say track and field championships.
“Going after that fifth straight title was a motivator,” Thomas said of his boys’ team. “Tony Gonzalez, he’s a senior this year, he’s been here for three of those titles, this being the fourth. So he’s a real motivator with the team. He was always in their head, telling them, ‘Look, we have history here that we want to continue. I don’t know if there’s another team that has won five in a row so let’s go for it. I want to go out on top.’”
The Bulldogs did just that. Geni Roberts won the long and triple jump, Jordan Figueroa took first in the pole vault, and Kendron Wayman won the discus to help North Caroline become the first school in Bayside history to win five consecutive boys’ outdoor conference championships. The Bulldogs totaled 115¼ points to outdistance runner-up James M. Bennett (104) and North-division rivals Kent Island (87½) and Easton (87).
“I think overall the boys and girls did an outstanding job,” said Thomas, whose girls’ team was second to Kent Island. “Unfortunately, the way it was, it was our prom today and that took a lot of focus away from the athletes. Either way, it would have been a tight race between us and Kent Island with the girls.”
Though North Caroline’s boys did not win on the track, they hauled in four first-places in field events. Figueroa cleared 12 feet to win the pole vault. Wayman launched the disc 146 feet, 7 inches for victory, and was runner-up in the shot put (48-4). Then there was Roberts, who soared 43-1½ to win the triple jump, then took the long jump title with a leap of 21-6.
“Geni is peaking at the right time,” Thomas said. “Geni’s been good ever since he was a freshman. It was just getting him to believe it. He did indoor from his freshman to junior year. This year he did not do indoor and he went to basketball. I was kind of worried about his condition coming into outdoor but he’s been working, proved me wrong.”
North Caroline senior Emily Lewis was the meet’s only athlete — male or female — to win three individual events. Lewis won the girls’ 100 hurdles (14.89 seconds), ran a conference-record 57.03 to win the 400 — eclipsing the mark set by James M. Bennett’s Ashley Woolfork two years ago — then held off a challenge from teammate Samantha Cash to take first in the 300 hurdles (47.21). Lewis was also runner-up in the high jump, accounting for 38 points.
But those efforts, combined with Cash winning the high jump (5-2), finishing second in the 100 and 300 hurdles, and Sierra Price jumping 35-5 to win the triple jump, weren’t enough to prevent Kent Island from winning its second straight girls’ title.
“That’s how we win team championships, by everybody setting individual goals aside and shooting for team points,” said Bucs head coach Justin Holland, whose team finished with 135½ points to second-place North Caroline’s 115.
Leading the way was senior Kyra Schulties, who won the 1,600 (5:31.48), took second to Lewis in the 400 with a 58.41, placed second in the 200 (25.98), then came right back to win the 800 (2:27.99).
“She’s just tough,” Holland said of Schulties. “She did two back-to-back events, going from the mile to the quarter, and she did run a 58 (in the 400). Emily ran a conference-championship time. If she doesn’t do that then we win that, too.”
Kent Island’s Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle continued her resurgence in the 3,200 meters, dueling James M. Bennett freshman Nicole Nieberding through the first half of the race, falling behind, then rallying for victory and a season-best 12:20.97.
“She’s getting comfortable back to running how she was last year,” Holland said of Kratovil-Lavelle, who was second in the 1,600, third in the pole vault, and fourth in the 800. “That’s good. I guess she’s peaking at the right time. And that’s what we wanted her to do.”
Kent Island senior Fiona Mulligan again provided big points, winning the pole vault (10 feet) in a jump-off with North Caroline’s Sierra Reynolds, running a leg on the Bucs’ third-place 4x400 relay.
Easton’s Clayton Tyler enjoyed a huge day. The senior held off Bennett’s Jahyrn Long and Snow Hill’s Julian Meza-Shockley to win the 100 in 10.75 seconds — the only runner to go under 11. He joined Tah Jay Jenkins, Darrin Moon and Ucheyah Aguoru on the Warriors’ winning 4x200 relay, which clocked a conference-record 1:30.08 to break the standard set by Stephen Decatur (1:31) in 1984. Tyler then held off Bennett’s Jacob Schultz and teammate Aguoru to win the 200 (21.98) before again teaming with Jenkins, Moon and Aguoru for a runner-up effort in the 4x100 relay.
“Super excited,” Easton head coach Melissa Lantz said of Tyler. “Boy is one of the hardest workers we’ve seen. Puts the effort in every day, wants it, has super drive. Gosh, he deserves every bit of it.”
On a day when five meet records were broken, perhaps the most impressive was delivered by Easton’s Blake Walton. Set for a duel with Crisfield’s Kyle Noll in the 110 hurdles, Walton caught the toe of his shoe under an early hurdle and fell, cutting his knee and scraping his shoulder. But the junior rebounded in the 300 intermediate hurdles, taking a lead through the turn and holding off Noll on the way to a new conference mark of 38.54.
“Blake is amazing,” Lantz said. “Blake has put so many pieces together in the hurdles with his technique, his mechanisms. He’s worked basically solo. We’re not hurdle coaches. He’s basically taught himself the hurdles. He’s improved so much this season. He wants it more than almost any other kid I know.
“The way he was able to pull himself back and just completely focus,” Lantz continued. “Thirty minutes before the 300 hurdles he was 100 percent focused, amped up and ready to go.”
Kent Island sophomore Finn Walsh was ready for another duel with North Caroline’s William Christophel in the 1,600 and 3,200. Kent’s Island’s Cade Donnelley and Isaiah Schulties battled Christophel early in the 1,600, before the North Caroline junior took the lead in the final turn. But Walsh caught and passed Christophel with 50 meters remaining and hung on for a first place 4:34.30, a personal-record.
Walsh was expecting another tight race with Christophel in the 3,200, but opened a sizeable lead on the third lap and was never threatened, winning with another personal-record 9:55.57. Christophel finished second.
“Finn ran an awesome two miles,” Holland said. “I just kept telling him, ‘Just keep pushing, man. Don’t give anybody any hope.’ He’s fantastic. He’s just a sophomore.”
North athletes won 11 of 14 individual events on the boys’ side, with Isaiah Schulties winning the 800 (2:01.67) and Colonel Richardson’s Jaiden Downing holding off Meza-Shockley to win the 400 in 51.49.
Kent Island’s 4x800 relay of Donnelly, Shane Kirkwood, Sean Hobbs and Walsh took first in 8:31.11.