Vikes’ track and field wins at home opener

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Special to The Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Madi Forrest is one of the Vikings’ long-distance runners. She competed in four events in the home opener on March 31.

CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge-South Dorchester track and field team grabbed a convincing win March 31, at the Vikings’ home opener of the 2015 season. James M. Bennett of Salisbury, a 3A school, fell to the Vikes, as did 1A Crisfield and Kent County.

1A represents the smallest 25 percent of schools in the state, determined by student population. 2A is the next largest 25 percent, 3A is the 51st to 75th percentile, and 4A are the largest schools.

Track and field scores boys and girls separately. Final tallies for the boys’ meet were: C-SD 109, Bennett 91, Kent Co. 50 and Crisfield 16. Girls were: C-SD 137.5, Bennett 97.5, Crisfield and Kent Co. 0.

Much smaller Crisfield and Kent County were at a disadvantage – Kent has only 12 boys and two girls on its team, while Crisfield’s facilities are limited.

Nevertheless, there were skilled and enthusiastic performances from athletes on all teams, who battled not only each other, but a stiff wind that hindered everything from runners — at least when they were heading west into the brunt of it — to pole vaulters and discus throwers, who saw their tosses sail to the left.

In track and field, when four teams compete, events are scored to five places. The winner earns 6 points, and second through fifth get 4, 3, 2 and 1, respectively.

That can make it tricky to keep a running tally, especially with the field events of jumps and throws going on at the same time. There was some doubt among Viking coaches as to how things were going – with their speedy sprinters, it looked like Bennett might have been taking the lead in team points.

But C-SD has a deep team, with athletes capable not only of winning, but of placing throughout the scoring scale. Those seconds and thirds add up, and the Vikings used their depth to their advantage, racking up a strong lead.

One advantage for C-SD is their pole vault facility, called a pit. Most schools don’t have this expensive feature, but thanks to generous local donors, the Vikings do. It paid off at this meet, as C-SD’s Derrick Seymour, Zhihong Pang, Ian Mason and Zakiya Chikwendu swept the boys’ and girls’ events.

Other notable performances included that of senior Erica Doty, who broke the 30-foot barrier in triple jump, setting a mark of 30’7” for the win. Fellow senior Dishawn Elliott made it around the track in 53.9 seconds for first place in the 400-meter dash, and sophomore Matt Koletsky opened up a wide lead in the 800 meters, finishing in 2:20.9.

In the discus throw, James Madox kept the crowd in suspense, with his first two attempts in the 80s. In fourth place and on his final attempt, he let fly with a pretty toss of 110’ 3,” snatching the victory from Crisfield’s Matt Brewer, whose best throw was 108’7.”

The players have also elected their captains for the 2015 season, choosing from four-year seniors. They are Madde Narr, Kindall Ridgely, Erica Doty, Dishawn Elliott, Anthony Woolford and Noah Perry.

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Special to The Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Eltoro Robinson, left, and Danny VanRiel are two of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School’s top sprinters. They are seen here in action during C-SD’s home meet on March 31.

 

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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