Leave it to the clock to keep the Western Tech girls track team motivated after a heart-breaking second-place finish in Class 1A at the Maryland State Track championships.
The Wolverine girls finished one point behind state champion Boonsboro (112 points), but they did earn seven state championships.
But, because of the windy conditions, most of the times were not up to par, so seven of the nine girls who participated at the state meet will try and improve on that at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor, held at North Carolina A & T University, June 14-16.
Junior Sharon Dorsey, who has narrowed her college choices to Penn State, George Mason and Ohio State, will certainly be ready after she won the individual 200 and 400 meters and was on the victorious 1,600 meter relay team with Rebeka Holt, Tori Taylor and Aleandra Willridge.
When the 3,200 relay team, that included Morgan Jennings, Taylor, Willridge and Dorsey placed second, it was the only race Dorsey was involved in all season that she didn’t win.
“Her times (at states) weren’t the best, because the wind was really difficult, but I expect her to put the hammer down at the New Balance meet,” coach Shedrick Elliot said.
Joining Dorsey with a individual state titles was Holt in the 800 meters and Daijona Revell in the 100 hurdles.
The 400 relay team of Revell, Tiffany Trinh, Brianna Wilson and Morgan Prioleau and 800 quartet that included Willridge, Prioleau, Trinh and Holt also captured state titles.
The seven state championships were the most ever won outdoors for the girls squad and they weren’t overly upset by finishing a point behind Boonsboro.
“They were actually fine because they don’t concern themselves with anything else but the clock and they came home with a bunch of golds,” Elliott said.
The Western Tech boys team also came away with three state titles and junior Carrington Akosa was involved in all of them.
He ran a personal best (22.11) while winning the 200 meters and also captured the individual 400.
Akosa anchored the first-place 1,600 relay team that inlcuded Drew Grant, Kai Knox and Malcolm Milton.
State meet results
Western Tech girls (2nd, 111 points)
200 meters: Dorsey (1st, 24.85), Prioleau (5th, 26.38).
400: Dorsey (1st, 56.44), Holt (2nd, 58.23), Prioleau (3rd, 59.17).
800: Holt (1st, 2:19.35).
100 hurdles: Revell (1st, 14.80), Morgan Jennings (5th, 15:58).
300 hurdles: Taylor (3rd, 47.74), Revell (4th, 48.61).
400 relay: Revell, Trinh, Wilson, Prioleau (1st, 51.48).
800 relay: Willridge, Prioleau, Trinh, Holt (1st, 1:44.84).
1,600 relay: Holt, Taylor, Willridge, Dorsey (1st, 4:00.20).
3,200 relay: Jennings, Taylor, Willridge, Dorsey (2nd, 9:39.51).
Western Tech boys (5th, 55)
200: Akosa (1st, 22.11)
400: Akosa (1st, 50.10), Brandon Blake (5th, 52.43).
800: Malcolm Milton (2nd, 2:01.91).
400 relay: Grant, Knox, Dexter Harris, Blake (5th, 44.88).
800 relay: Grant, Knox, Harris, Kamsi Odinammada (6th, 1:34.68).
1,600 relay: Grant. Blake, Milton, Akosa (1st, 3:33.01).
Triple jump: Darius Howe (3rd, 42:03.75).
Catonsville girls (35th, 4)
Triple jump: Maja Wichart-Donzo (5th, 36-feet, 5 inches).
Catonsville boys (18th, 13)
Shot put: Brandon Dixon (2nd, 48-feet, 10 inches).
Pole vault: Lewis Bennett (4th, 12-feet).
Lansdowne girls (18th, 11)
100: Ashley Blackwell (2nd, 12.65).
200: Blackwell (8th, 26.78).
3,200: Anasseh Holt (5th, 11:43.51).