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  • Northeast's Davon Carroll eased up at the finish line and still outpaced the field for county titles in both the 100 and 200.
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    Northeast's Davon Carroll eased up at the finish line and still outpaced the field for county titles in both the 100 and 200.

Northeast Boys Complete Stellar County Track Season But Fall Short To SP

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May 17, 2017

The Eagles wanted it badly, and it was within reach, but the Falcons came up with a little too much punch at the end.

The Northeast boys track and field team fell just shy of its goal of a county title at the two-day championship meet on May 10 and 11 at Northeast High School, as the Severna Park boys dealt decisive blows to the Eagles’ pursuit on day two of the event to rack up 127 points and top Northeast’s total of 115.

“It is what it is,” said a disappointed Northeast head coach Chris Dyke. “Severna Park scored in a couple places we didn’t, we scored in a couple places they didn’t. They came up big in the 800, and we didn’t max out our points in [other events]. The 800 broke it open.”

The Eagles led after the first day and for much of the second day in a meet that quickly became a two-horse race with the Falcons. But the contest turned on the aforementioned 800-meter final, when the Falcons’ Jonah Lane surged past three runners in the final 150 meters to take first. Lane, Christian Isham (second) and William Reed (sixth) gave Severna Park 21 points in the event and a lead in the team point totals that the Falcons would ultimately not relinquish.

“The boys coming through in the 800 really put us over the edge. That was huge,” said Severna Park coach Josh Alcombright, whose Falcons train daily at Northeast High School while their outdoor stadium is under construction. Alcombright noted the rise of the Eagles and said Severna Park needed every point to come out on top of the showdown. “Chris Dyke is one of my former athletes, and I used to coach here [at Northeast], so it was fun battling with Northeast,” he said. “I’m glad to see that Chris has them up there. They gave us a fight. They made us definitely earn it, so credit to him and his staff.”

Naturally, the Eagles were not without their successes in taking second place with a strong point total of 115. Davon Carroll had a tremendous meet individually and earned the distinction of fastest boy in the county for 2017. Carroll, a junior, smoked the competition in the 100-meter final, overcoming a mediocre start to turn on the jets after 30 meters and cruise to victory in 11.14 seconds. Carroll also won the 200 in 22.17 seconds and even picked up two points in triple jump by placing seventh for a total of 22 points on the day.

Brent Boyer became county champion in multiple events as well, continuing his standout season in shot put and discus. Boyer threw 55 feet, 8.5 inches to best the field in shot put, with teammate Ritchie Travers taking second with a throw of 48 feet, 1.5 inches. Boyer threw 125 feet, 9 inches to take the discus title as well, with Travers taking fifth by throwing 115 feet, 5.5 inches.

Josh Krcik came up big in multiple events. Krcik, a sophomore, was nipped at the line by .01 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles, running a 41.59 to place second behind Severna Park’s Mason Jones, but Krcik also nabbed six big points with a third-place finish in long jump by leaping 20 feet, 5 inches in his first time competing in the event. Demontay Snowden placed second in the 400, running a 50.01, and he also took fifth in the 200-meter final in 23.02 seconds, good for 12 total team points.

Kai Samuels notched a point with his eighth-place finish behind Snowden in the 400 and another with eighth place in the 800.

Edwin Figueroa placed third in pole vault by clearing 11 feet, setting a new school record and breaking the old record of 10 feet, 6 inches that Josh Anthony had held since 2001.

The 4x200 relay team of Krcik, TJ Benson, Snowden and Carroll took the county championship in 1:30.73. The 4x400 relay team of Brayden Nungester, Benson, Samuels and Snowden placed second in 3:31.93. The 4x800 team of David Diaz, Samuels, Benson and Nungester placed fourth, while the 4x100 team of Demetrius Jones, Krcik, Ian McCullers and Anthony Vallinotti did its job with a fifth-place finish.

The Eagles had some positive finishes on the girls side in taking ninth as a team. Abigail Hunt placed second in the 400 and sixth in the 200. Kiersten Lamke placed eighth in the 400.

The girls 4x200 and 4x400 team of Abigail Hunt, Jayda Griffin, Kiersten Lamke and Arianna Krcik took third in both events.

Chesapeake’s top individual finishers on the day were Hannah McKeon, who took third in pole vault on the girls side, and Tyler Valenzia, who took eighth in discus on the boys side. The Chesapeake girls and boys placed 10th and 13th, respectively.

The Northeast boys still have high hopes for regions and state crowns, and the benefit of competing against 4A teams like Severna Park, Broadneck and Old Mill throughout the regular season should help them in the upcoming 3A region and state meets. Dyke said he’s proud of how this year’s team has advanced the program, and with a young core, he hopes to sustain the Eagles’ success moving forward.

“We’re going to go into the state meet strong, and that’s our goal,” said Dyke. We’re back in the weight room tomorrow, get everyone healthy, everyone ready, and we’re back at it next week … It’s definitely the best team, most complete team we’ve had. We’ve won three of our five invitationals and took fifth at Bullis High School, which was a national meet. It’s improvement. It’s something to build on.”


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