CAMBRIDGE – The Lady Vikings won the Bayside North track and field championship at home on Thursday, beating six other teams, four of them from larger, 2A schools. The Vikings are benefitting this season from the contributions of a promising crop of freshman, many of whom got their start running, jumping and throwing in the winter, indoor season.
Their talents were seen in high jump, where the ninth-grade trio of Ja’Myah Pickett, Le’Asia Todd and Jyrah Curry swept the event, grabbing 24 points for their team in the process.
The boys – these are officially two teams, though they practice together – took second, behind rivals Kent Island.
Boys’ Head Coach Clint Falduto spoke to the teams after the meet, pointing out how many of the athletes had competed in events they had never tried before, knowing that by at least placing, they would score valuable points in a very competitive championship.
“We wouldn’t have won without that,” Coach Falduto said. “We’re very proud of all of you.”
The girls are led by Head Coach Lois Narr. They are assisted by Angie Condon, Stacey Brown, Jeff Condon, Frank Narr, Kason Washington and Sean Reincke.
In high school track and field, an athlete can compete in up to four events per meet. These can be runs, jumps or throws. There are 18 events altogether in the spring season.
Events were scored to eight places, with first earning 10 points, second place 8, and from there, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.
Numerous records, both personal and school, were set during the competition. Evan Payne had a good day on the track, and broke the C-SD discus record set in 2013 by Hunter Brown, when he threw 124’, 7”.
The boys’ 4x100 meter relay squad won a thriller, as fans lined the fence and cheered Tori Willis, Evan Payne, Teshar Drummond and Jaden Jones to a 44.92 finish.
The Vikings will compete next on May 13 at home, in the full Bayside Conference Championship, against 16 other teams from throughout the Eastern Shore. Action starts at 1:30 p.m. From there, it’s the 1A East Region Championships, also at C-SD, on May 19 and 21. Those who qualify will move on to the State Championship on May 26 and 28.
Bayside North Championship scores follow.
For full results, records, meet information and more, visit www.athletic.net.