KCHS’ Steward medals again in state high jump; now has gold, silver and bronze

LANDOVER — Clearing the school record of 6 feet, 6 inches, Kent County High School senior Larry Steward put himself in position to win a Class 1A state championship in the high jump as he forged a two-way tie for first with North Dorchester’s Vernon Price. 

After Steward and Price each failed in all three attempts at 6-8, progression of jumps up to made height was used to break the tie.

It took both Steward and Price two tries to clear 6-6, but Price was able to clear 6-4 on his first attempt while Steward used all three attempts to get over the bar.

So, Price took gold, and Steward settled for silver.

Overall, there were 17 entries in the high jump, including Kent County sophomore Rah ‘Zir Wilson; only five cleared 6 feet.

Though Steward did not come way with the state title, his legacy is secure as the greatest high jumper in KCHS history.

In outdoor track, he can boast of back-to-back region titles and back-to-back medal-winning performances.

Last year Steward captured the bronze medal after being involved in a four-way tie for first.

His jump of 6-6, first achieved during a meet in April, equals the school record established by Melvin Morton in 1995.

In February, in Steward’s only season of indoor track while he also was playing basketball, he set a Class 1A indoor record with his winning jump of 6 feet, 4.25 inches at the state championships.

Steward earned four varsity letters in his senior year, in football, indoor track, basketball and outdoor track and field. He was the Coach’s Choice award recipient in football and basketball, and repeated as the most valuable performer in track and field.

Though Steward was the only one of the Trojans’ eight state qualifiers to earn a spot on the podium, in overall team scoring KCHS placed in a three-way tie for ninth in the field of 30 schools.

Many of Kent County’s state qualifiers qualified in more than one event, including Steward, who took fourth in the 200 meters in 22.42. The winning time was 21.54.

The Trojans’ 4×100-meter relay of Tyrell Fennell, Steward, Wilson and RJ Peterson placed fourth in 43.54. It was a closely contested race for silver and bronze with Cambridge-South Dorchester (43.27) and Western Tech (43.32). Pocomoke took gold in 42.99.

Kent County boasted two finalists in the 100 meters — Fennell fifth in 10.98 and Wilson eighth in  11.46. The winning time was 10.54.

On the girls side, sophomore Ke’yare Hawkins had the best finish with eighth in the shot put (32 feet, .75 inches).

Printed here are complete results for the Trojans. The state championship track meet was held May 22-23 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

GIRLS

Shot put: Ke’yare Hawkins, 32 feet. .75 inches, eighth. Last year as a freshman, at the state championships, she established the school record of 33-9.

Discus: Hawkins, 82 feet, 11 inches, 16th. On April 20 at the Battle for 213 at neighboring rival Queen Anne’s County High School, she bettered her own record to 101-4.

High jump: Kamari Hawkins, 4 feet, 6 inches, ninth; and Zoe Angenieux, 4-6, 13th. There was a six-way tie for third at 4-8 and a five-way tie for ninth at 4-6.

Long jump: Angenieux, 15 feet, 2.25 inches, 11th.

Triple jump: Angenieux, 31 feet, 3.25 inches, ninth.

 

BOYS

100 meters: Tyrell Fennell, 10.98, fifth; and Rah ‘Zir Wilson, 11.46, eighth.

200 meters: Larry Steward, 22.42, fourth.

4×100-meter relay of Fennell, Steward, Wilson and RJ Peterson, 43.54, fourth. They set the school record of  43.34 at the North Bayside Conference championships May 2. 

Shot put: Gavin Larrimore, 43 feet, 5.5 inches, eighth. He set the school record of  45-0.5 on April 22 at the Trojans’ only home meet of the season..

Discus: Larrimore, qualified, but fouled.

High jump: Steward, 6 feet, 6 inches, second; and Wilson, 5-10, 11th (there was an eight-way tie for sixth at 5-10).

Long jump: Wilson, 19 feet, 1 inch, 13th. He set the school record of 21-7 at the North Bayside Conference championships.

Triple jump: Peterson, 40 feet, 1 inch, 12th.

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