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Western Tech track standouts primed for strong postseason

By Craig Clary cclary@baltsun.com

1:43 PM EST, January 8, 2014

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If Boonsboro High’s girls track team hadn't gotten in the way, Western Tech would have won a pair of Class 1A state championships during the 2013 indoor and outdoor track seasons.

Indoors, the Wolverines scored 94 points at the state meet, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Boonsboro (111.5).

Outdoors, Western Tech scored 111 points, but fell one point shy of Boonsboro.

For a school that has no outdoor track on site to practice on, that is an worthy accomplishment.

Western Tech moved up to Class 2A this year, but so did Boonsboro, who will again be a factor in the state meet, along with perennial threat Hereford.

The Wolverines quest for a state title will begin in earnest on Jan. 21 when they compete in the Baltimore County championships with a talented returning nucleus.

Last year, the Wolverine girls were fourth at the county meet won by Hereford (115). Franklin (98) and Milford Mill (60) also finished ahead of Western Tech (50).

Sharon Dorsey won the 800 and 500 meters at the county meet and captured both individual events at the state meet.

Dorsey, who has verbally committed to run at George Mason University, next year, returns for her senior season along with classmate Rebeka Holt, who was second to Dorsey in the 500 and 800 at states.

“This year, she will be a little more confident because last year she was coming off an injury,” coach Shedrick Elliott said.

Dorsey competed in the 300, 500 and 800 relay on Jan. 4 at the Southern Maryland Indoor Track Classic and proved she hasn’t missed a beat.

She won the 500 (1:17.58), placed third in the 300 (41:17) and anchored the first-place 800 relay team that included Tiffany Trinh, Alexandria Willridge and Morgan Prioleau.

Her efforts, along with Holt, who won the 800 (2:23.32) and was fourth in the 500 (1:18.67), helped the Wolverines place second with 47 points in the 34-team event, trailing only front-running Hereford (54).

Sophomore Trinh, junior Alexandria Willridge and senior Morgan Prioleau joined with Daijona Revell to win a Class 1A state title in the 800 relay last winter.

Revell contributed six points this year at the Southern Maryland meet by taking third in the 55 hurdles (8.90).

Last year, she was second at the Class 1A state meet.

Western Tech also won two other state relay titles last season and all but one of the runners are back.

Willridge, Prioleau, Holt and senior Tori Taylor captured the 1,600 relay state title and Taylor, Willridge, graduate Jayla Gaines and Dorsey captured first in the 3,200 meter relay.

Holt has emerged as an elite runner in the 800 meters.

“She is our best runner right now,” Elliott said.

Prioleau also proved her versatility after a strong junior season, running the 300 and 800 and 1,600 relays over the weekend.

Trinh competed in the 55 dash and the 800 relay and Willridge ran in all three relays.

Because the Wolverines lack depth in the distance events, winning the county championship may be difficult against deeper teams like Hereford, Dulaney and Milford Mill, but the meet will prepare them for states.

“For the most part they are running against the clock, but we will try to make a push for the state championships,” Elliott said. “We will make a good run at states.”

Elliott noted the toughest competition, besides Boonsboro and Hereford, will most likely come from Middletown and Largo.”

“It will probably be a six-team race,” he said. “I think it will be exciting.”

Carrington Akosa was the top male performer at the Southern Maryland meet, taking third in the 300 (35.27) and fourth in the 55 meters (6.60).

In the semifinals of the 55 meters, Akosa posted the fastest time in the event (6.49).