Kennedy Keer first started running during her freshman year at Arundel. She was thinking mainly of staying in shape for soccer but something funny happened.

“I ended up loving it,” Keer said.

She’s remained with running, this year competing in cross country plus indoor and outdoor track. At the Knights Invite at North County on Thursday, she took third in the 800, sixth in the 400 and ran on the second-place 1,600 relay team.

Even though track is the sport Keer spends more time with, she’ll end up going back to soccer next year when heading to LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

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Keer will have plenty of other things to take up her time. She’s going to have a major in materials joining engineering, with a concentration in underwater welding. Keer said the only other school with this kind of program is Ohio State, but that LeTourneau is more hands-on.

She’s been doing welding for a year now, starting when a scheduling mix-up put her in that class at Arundel in the second semester last year.

“I actually signed up for the baking class and they put me in welding,” she said with a laugh. “They [told] me a week later [to] switch back into baking, and I was like ‘no, I like welding."

So Keer stayed right there and fell in love with it. She now goes to a local vo-tech school (Center for Applied Technology) for two periods a day and works on welding regularly.

That’s also where she found out about the underwater welding – and is going to get her scuba license this summer and keep working on her skills.

Working harder

Jamal Cody of Hereford had a solid sophomore year in track last season. This year, though, he decided to push harder and see what would happen.

So far, so good -- he’s experiencing a break-out year. Cody won the Class 2A state title in the 55-meter hurdle indoors and took seventh in the 300.

At the Knights Invite, Cody again showed his skills by winning the 110 and 300 hurdles, taking third in the 400 and running on fourth-place 1,600 relay team

“My training and practice, I’ve really stepped it up, intensity-wise,” Cody said. “I actually hit the weight room a little bit harder this year, too. The hard work paid off.”

Cody said he worked at keeping the conditioning and training going throughout a winter where the bad weather wiped out practice more often than usual. He would still keep the conditioning and training going, even when practice didn’t take place.

Plus, his 8-year-old brother, Greg, began to take more of an interest in his track career. Now, the older Cody is giving the younger one a good look at what hard work in track and field can do

The result

The No. 5 Hereford girls turned in a dominant performance and cruised to the meet championship, finishing with 204 points, easily beating Arundel (111.5).

Freshman Kelly Wesolowski won the 1,600 and 3,200 and earned the girls’ athlete of the meet honors. The Bulls also won two relays and captured seven events overall.

Hereford came close to completing a sweep, but Arundel’s boys edged them out, 165-160. The Wildcats won three of the four relays and also captured seven events overall.