CAMBRIDGE – The Cambridge-South Dorchester High School men’s track and field team vaulted to a new level Friday, with their first-ever Bayside Conference Championship win. The boys put together a convincing victory, winning by 22 team points.
“Congratulations to our phenomenal student-athletes and coaching staff on this historic accomplishment!” C-SD vice principal and athletic director Steve Romano wrote in an email. “A team that consists of five freshmen, nine sophomores, four juniors and just three seniors has been stellar all season and will look to make some serious noise in the upcoming District and State Championships.”
The Bayside Championship title was a team effort, but was led by the following student-athletes:
In the sport’s 18 events – running, jumping and throwing – it’s all about personal performance at the meets. Past results and future potential are interesting, but not always an indication of how things will go when it really counts.
“Today is the day we showed up,” boy’s head coach Clint Falduto said. “They did what they needed to do.”
The key to that success was consistency through the season, according to William Jackson, who had a chest full of medals backing up his point. It’s about “just coming here day after day and practicing hard,” he said.
The girls’ team placed eighth, with strong showings from Le’Asia Todd (first place triple jump, first place long jump, second place high jump) and Kassidy Young (third place discus). Despite facing injuries, the girls still managed to finish second of all 1A Bayside schools, setting them up for the district meet this week.
The Bayside Athletic Conference comprises all public schools on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, regardless of size. The state’s schools are divided into four classes: 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A.
The smallest 25% of schools, determined by student population, are the 1As, with the 2As being the next larger 25%, and so on. Several of the schools in the Bayside are 2As and 3As, though there are no 4As on the Shore.
Points are awarded down to eighth place at track and field meets with more than eight teams, with 10 for first place, 8 for second, 6 for third, followed by 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 for eighth place. A tie results in a divided point.
Men’s team places and scores:
1-Cambridge-South Dorchester 120, 2-Kent Island 98, 3-Wicomico 72, 4-Parkside 63, 5-Washington 59, 6-Snow Hill 46, 7-James M. Bennett 44, 8-Easton 39, 8-North Caroline 39, 10-Queen Anne’s County 31, 10-Stephen Decatur 31, 12-North Dorchester 25, 13-Colonel Richardson 17, 14-Pocomoke 7, 15-Kent County 6, 16-Mardela 5.
Women’s team places and scores:
1-Kent Island 153, 2-Wicomico 108, 3-Parkside 87, 4-North Caroline 73, 5-James M. Bennett 63, 6-Stephen Decatur 45, 7-Snow Hill 40, 8-Cambridge-South Dorchester 38.5, 9-Washington 28.5, 10-Pocomoke 25, 11-Easton 23, 12-Kent County 10, 13-Colonel Richardson 5, Crisfield 2.
C-SD’s teams will be back in action Thursday and Saturday at Kent Island High School for the 1A District Championships. The top four athletes in each event will qualify to compete in the state championships.
On May 25 and May 27, athletes will head to the Prince George Sports & Learning Complex for the 1A State Championships.