It would be easy if Western Tech indoor track coach Shedrick Elliott pointed to senior Sharon Dorsey as the main reason why his Wolverines won the girls Class 2A state championship on Monday, but the coach knows it took each and every one of his seven scoring participants to pull it off.
Dorsey won the 300 (40.96) and 500 meters (1:17.17) for the school’s only individual titles and Western Tech won the meet, held at the Prince Georges Sports and Learning Complex, with 64 points.
The Wolverines prevailed ahead of Largo (61), Liberty (59), Oakdale (44), Middletown (43), Boonsboro (42) and Baltimore County champion Hereford (33).
Boonsboro was the defending Class 1A state champion when it finished ahead of Western Tech.
Both schools moved up this year in classification.
The Wolverines' toughest competition this year was Largo, and the Wolverines knew they had to finish no worse than third in the final event of the day — the 1,600 meter relay.
Alexandria Willridge, Morgan Prioleau, Tori Taylor and Rebeka Holt clocked in at 4:06.38 and placed second behind Largo and they held on for the title.
For Holt, it was her fourth event on a day when she also ran the 800 (2nd, 2:19.47), 300 (3rd, 41:13) and 500 (4th, 1:18.72).
“I’m really most impressed with Rebeka,” Elliott said. “That was really a long, tough day.”
Holt will run for the University of Memphis next year.
When Dorsey, who will run at George Mason University, won the 500 and Holt was fourth, the coach started gaining confidence.
“I felt like after the 500 we were in good position,” he said.
In the 300, the Wolverines scored 19 points when Dorsey (1st, 10 points), Holt (3rd, 6) and Prioleau (6th, 3) all placed in the top eight.
“Prioleau scoring in the 300 was the overall difference of three points,” Elliott said.
Daijona Revell scored in the 55 hurdles (5th, 8.99) and was on the fifth-place 800 relay team (1:51.32) with Willridge, Brianna Wilson and Prioleau.
Before the Wolverines placed third in the Baltimore County championships, Elliott predicted that meet would be a challenging tune up for the state meet.
“For the most part they are running against the clock, but we will try to make a push for the state championships,” said Elliott, before the county meet. “We will make a good run at states.”
A state championship run, in fact.
While most of the team gets a break before the outdoor season, Wolverine seniors Dorsey and Holt will prepare for the New Balance Nationals in New York, March 14-16.
Dorsey will run the 400 and Holt is planning to run the 800 meters.
Western Tech boys place seventh
Western Tech senior Carrington Akosa was second in the 55 dash (6.58) and 300 meters (35.12) and ran on the third-place 1,600 meter relay team (3:35.10) with Darius Howe, Ifeanyi Ike-azubogu and Trevon Wilkins to help the Wolverines take seventh with 25 team points.
Malcolm Milton (6th, 800, 2:04.35) was the lone other individual to score for the Wolverines.