Vikes Track & Field boys, girls beat all at quad meet

CAMBRIDGE – The depth of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School’s track and field team was on display March 29, when the boys’ and girls’ teams welcomed – and beat – three challengers.

The C-SD men dominated with 109 points, as 2A Wicomico High School’s 69 tied with Snow Hill, and North Dorchester compiled 24. Snow Hill and ND are both 1A schools, as is C-SD, among the smallest 25 percent of Maryland public schools according to student population.

The women faced a tough test, and ended up with high grades. Last season, the Lady Vikes beat Worcester County rivals Snow Hill by only 5 points for the Region 1A East championship, so coaches and athletes were eager to find out how things would stack up last Wednesday.

The C-SD girls scored 99.5 points to win, as Snow Hill earned 72. WiHi grabbed 60, and the ND Eagles got 37.5.

Points in a track and field meet are awarded in relation to the number of teams present. When four are competing, events are scored to five places, with 6 points for first, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth and 1 point for fifth place.

This means that a team with talent throughout the events can not only take first place at many, but might also win by points scored, even without a top finish. For instance, in boys’ triple jump, Raekwon McCarter of Wicomico took first with a jump of 39’ 2.25” for 6 points, while teammate Craig Simon got fifth for 1 point, and a total of 7 for WiHi.

But C-SD’s men came on strong, with Jimmy Schulze taking second, Jacob Newcomer third and Dante Meekins fourth, for a total of 8 points.

In other notable performances, Ronke Oyerinde and Brianna Wongus promise speed and power for Lady Vikes’ sprinting, as the freshmen teamed up for a 1-2 finish in the 200 meters – Ronke tore up the track in 27.56 seconds, with Brianna a tick behind at 28.53.

Boys’ discus looked strong, as senior Hunter Brown led the squad with a 99’ 7” toss for a second-place finish. Trevor Goodwin, usually a long-distance guy, tried his hand at the event, and earned third with a throw of 95’ 0.5”, while junior Jamaal Banks landed in fifth with a throw of 84’ 7.5”.

It was all Vikings over at the pole vault pit, as freshmen girls Niveshka Torres and Sarah Condon jumped 7’ and 6’, respectively, and sophomore Destiny Frantum also cleared 6’. Viking men also did well, with senior Zhihong Pang clearing 11’ for second place. WiHi’s Joshua Goslee also soared over the bar at 11’, but earned first by having achieved the height in fewer attempts. Viking senior Ian Mason took third with 10”, and sophomore Jonathan Kelly finished fourth with a vault of 8’ 6”.

North Dorchester’s athletes made their mark, as well. Stephen Layton won boys’ discus, outdistancing the competition with a mark of 106’ 6”, as teammate Jayke Conner got fourth with 86’ 5.5”.

Gary Pledger won boys’ high jump with a height of 5’ 4”, and the Lady Eagles’ 4×100 relay squad took first in a time of 54.36 seconds.
The excitement of a track and field meet is earning the team fans.

“Awesome day, I really enjoyed being out there and watching all the events,” Doemetris Jones said on social media. “I’m proud of all the Vikings. Great job.”

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

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