SNOW HILL – Cambridge-South Dorchester High School boys earned the Bayside Athletic Conference indoor track and field championship on Jan. 17. With a score of 134.5, and second-place Kent Island at 60.5, it was a commanding performance on the track, at high jump and pole vault, and at shot put.
Tori Willis Jr. captured the individual event championship with his 8.07-second time in the 55-meter hurdles, where he was followed in fractions of a second by teammates Antonio Blueford and Jayden Smith. Willis also brought home a first-place medal in the 55-meter dash, finishing in 6.58 seconds, just two thousandths of a second ahead of Parkside’s Nasir Holden.
The Vikings, now in their seventh season of winter competition, have talent across the events, and down through scoring places. With athletes putting points on the board throughout the meet, C-SD built a healthy lead early, and kept it to the end.
The girls’ team, with only seven members, placed third with 70 points. Kent Island won the girls’ team title, with 96.5.
For the Vikings, Enazajah Young came away with hardware of her own, two first-place medals in the 55-meter hurdles (8.76 seconds) and the 55-meter dash (7.45 seconds).
In the Bayside’s indoor winter season, there are 13 events: 10 on the track, from the sprints up through the 3,200-meter race, the two jumps and one throw, the shot put. At a meet of this size – 16 teams were there, all Eastern Shore public schools, regardless of size - events are scored down to eighth place, with points awarded being 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.
Next up is the last regular season meet, held as usual at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill, which will be followed on Feb. 9 by the Regional Championships. At the Regions, C-SD will face all 1A East schools, several from the Eastern Shore, and others from the western, not seen during the regular season. It’s at this meet that athletes qualify for the State Championships.
Boys’ head coach Clint Falduto keeps a close eye on all teams’ stats, as the Vikings work for their first-ever state team title. Competition for the top spots looks tight, with C-SD and a rival evenly matched.
“Largo is on our tails,” he said during a team meeting last week. “They could beat us at Regionals, and we could beat them at States.”
It could come down to coaches’ decisions on which events athletes will enter at Regionals, where only the top spots will earn a trip to the big show. And that can end up depending on a student’s desire and physical condition.
“Can you do two events back-to-back?” Coach Falduto asked his squad.
The State Championship will take place Feb. 20 at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover.
Full results of the Bayside Championships are available at athletic.net.