Local athletes placed in several track and field events during the Ed Bowie Classic Indoor Track Meet, which spanned from Thursday afternoon through 1 a.m. Friday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
Poolesville junior Ryan Lockett completed his first indoor meet of the season by winning the boys 1600-meter run with a time of 4:28. Lockett, a 3A cross-country 5-km state champion, had been recovering from cross-country season and sat out the first couple of meets.
“For Ryan, he definitely wants to be in the 4:20 range,” Poolesville Head Coach Prasad Gerard said.
Thursday was also the first meet of the indoor season for Lockett’s teammate, senior Andrew Lent, who placed third in the 3200-meter run (10:11).
“(Lent) wants to be 9:40 or under,” Gerard said. “He was a little disappointed in his race, but he’s just got to get used to running on the indoor track.”
Gerard said cross-country runners sometimes have to transition from running on cross-country terrain to running on a 200- meter indoor track.
“They put their minds into cross-country, and it’s hard to make the shift sometimes to the track,” he said.
Blake senior Ty Mason Jr. won the boys long jump with a distance of 23 feet, 2.5 inches, beating the other jumpers by a 2 foot, 3-inch margin. Blake head coach Brandon Tynes said he was both pleased and surprised by Mason’s performance, given that he just began his indoor season.
“We were looking for him to open up with a big jump, but we did not think it was going to be that big.”
Tynes said Mason jumped within a few inches of the athlete’s personal record, which he earned at the New Balance Outdoor National Championship in the spring.
“He’s still not really in track shape; he was training for football,” Tynes said.
Seneca Valley senior Lance Wilson placed second in the long jump with a jump of 20 feet, 11.5 inches. For the girls’ events, two local jumpers earned points by placing in the top eight for the girls triple jump. Clarksburg sophomore Brooke Shields took fifth place with a jump of 32 feet, 10.5 inches, followed by Albert Einstein senior Sarina Desir in seventh place with a jump of 32 feet, 4.75 inches. Ja’Tae Joyner, Bowie junior, won the girls triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, 8 inches.
Back to distance, two local girls placed in the top five for the 3200-meter run. McKinley junior Ruth Tesfai finished first in 12:15 minutes, followed by Clarksburg freshman Avery Jackson (13:02.76 minutes) in fifth. Poolesville senior Ann Nichols (13:03.46 minutes) finished sixth, 0.7 seconds behind Jackson. Poolesville head coach Gerard said Nichols ran “a decent time” for the beginning of the season.
“It was a good time for her, it’s just the beginning the season,” Gerard said. “She’s had some injuries, she’s trying to run steady; it was good for her to get back into the races and have a successful race.”
In the 4×800 m relay, the Good Counsel girls were the only relay team from the county to crack the top five. Sophomore Hilerie Knights, senior Erin Pocratsky and juniors Maggie Ralston and Milan Reed formed the second place 4x800m relay team, finishing in 10:46, just behind Prince George’s County rival Suitland High School, which finished in 10:42. Dover High’s team finished third, 15 seconds behind Good Counsel’s team, with a time of 11:01 minutes. The Charles H. Flowers team finished fourth, with a time of 11:06 minutes.
Overall, Charles H. Flowers High took first place of the girls teams, raking in 61.50 points, several points ahead of second-place team Battlefield. Clarksburg was the first of Montgomery County girls’ teams, tying Woodbridge for 12th place with 19 points. James Hubert Blake placed 15th of 34, scoring teams earning 14 points; Good Counsel took 18th place with 11 points.
Blake High School was the first of the Montgomery County boys’ teams to place and tied Bishop McNamara for 10th place of the 30 scoring boys teams, with 16 points. Poolesville tied two other teams (South Lakes and Appoquinimink) for the next best score of 12th place with 16 points. Seneca Valley tied High Point and Eleanor Roosevelt for 15th and earned 14 points.
Local boys finished among the top finishers in the 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles, earning points for their teams in the finals for each event. Seneca Valley junior Aaron Gaither finished fifth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.63 seconds, 0.2 seconds behind Westlake senior Will Moten, who won the finals in 6.43 seconds.