The Frederick Douglass High School boys’ indoor track and field team followed up their Prince George’s County championship with a 2A West Region title Saturday at Hagerstown Community College.
The Eagles scored 84 points, paced by Rico Gomez and Terrell Green. Gomez finished second in the 55 meters (6.62 seconds) 300 meters (35.77) and the 500 meters (1:08.38). Green took first in both the 800 meters (1:59.40) and the 1,600 meters (4:27.34).
“I wasn’t really thinking out there, I was just running for my team,” Green said. “We needed the wins, so I did what I had to do.”
Gomez and Green also teamed up with Kollin Smith and Quinton Mills to finish second in the 1,600-meter relay. Smith and Mills also contributed to a third-place finish in the 800-meter relay, and took second and fifth in the 55-meter hurdles. Smith also won the high jump event, drawing praise from Green for his performance.
“I was really impressed by my freshman, Kollin Smith, winning the high jump and placing in hurdles,” Green said. “He was also on our (1,600-meter and 800-meter) relay teams. He just had a great day.”
Largo finished fourth overall (59 points), powered by wins in the 500 (1:07.56) and 300 (35:08) by Marcelle Preston, as well as victories in both the 1,600-meter (3:30) and 800-meter (1:33.99) relay events. Gwynn Park’s Anthony Chesley took first in the 55 meters (6.55), while teammate Marcus Porter took second in the shot put (48-0.25).
On the girls side, Largo snagged the team title with 75 points. The Lions held off second-place Liberty (68.5) with strong performances in the sprints and relays. Devonni Farrar won the 500 meters (1:19.02) and finished second in the 300 (41.91). She also contributed the opening leg for both the 800-meter (1:48.49, first place) and 1,600-meter relay teams (4:13.39, second place).
“We are really excited,” Farrar said. “We have been working hard. We did our best today and ran as hard as we could to win. It’s exciting that our hard work has paid off, but we are going to keep working hard to prepare for states. Our goal is to win states, so hopefully that comes to fruition.”
Cayla Coleman contributed a second-place finish in the 500 for Largo, as well as a qualifying time in the 800 meters. Jennifer Goodman secured fourth place in both the 55 and 300 meters. Favour Ihekwene (third, 39-00) Imani Connor (fifth, 33-06.25) and Tayor Washington (eleventh, 31-01.5) each qualified for the state competition in the shot put.
Other notable individual qualifiers included Jasmine White (Potomac) and Rochelle Johnson (Friendly) in the 55 meters,, as well as Iye Massaquoi (Friendly) in the shot. Frederick Douglass qualified three for the shot: Desha Manago, Tiara Fenwick and Seasons Usual. The Eagles also qualified in the 3200-meter relay.
Poolesville High School senior Chase Weaverling claimed the top spot in the 3,200 meters at the 2A West Region Championships, posting a time of 9:43.57. Other qualifiers for the state meet included William Stamm (1600 meters and 800 meters), as well as the Falcons 3,200-meter relay team.
On the girls side, the 3,200-meter relay squad took second to earn a spot in the state meet. Claire Beautz (fourth) and Fiona Whitefield (eighth) each posted a qualifying time in the 3200-meter run, while Chelsie Pennello eclipsed the time to beat in the 1,600 meters.
Poolesville finished eighth in the team standings for the girls (23 points), and tenth in the boys’ team standings (21 points).
Notable Team Results
1. Frederick Douglass 84; 2. Century 69; 3. Catoctin 68; 4. Largo 59; 5. Oakdale 41.5.
1. Largo 75; 2. Liberty 68.5; 3. Middletown 64; 4. Oakdale 60; 5. Boonsboro 54.
For complete results go to http://www.mpssaa.org