Bayside brings out best in Trojans; Hawkins takes silver in shot put

SNOW HILL — Nine Trojans realized personal bests and the boys’ 4×800-meter relay had its fastest time of the season, but a conference title eluded Kent County High School’s indoor track team.

The closest that KCHS came to capturing Bayside gold was sophomore Ke’yare Hawkins’ second-place throw of 31 feet, 10 inches in the shot put.

Hawkins came into the Jan. 17 conference championship unbeaten through four meets of the 2023-24 season. She established the school record of 33 feet, 10.5 inches on Dec. 13 and equaled that mark on Jan. 3.

But last week her best throw was 31-10, which second-best to Parkside junior Alana King’s throw of 32-6.5.

Kent County coach Kalyn Stout said Hawkins and her male counterpart, junior Gavin Larrimore, experienced an “off day.”

They practice outdoors and the previous meets’ throwing events were held outdoors, but the Bayside Conference shot put sector was set up indoors because of the snow and cold temperatures.

Stout said Hawkins in particular “wasn’t used to the footing.”

King and Hawkins were head and shoulders above the other 26 girls in the event. Cambridge-South Dorchester senior Journee Jenkins was a distant third with a throw of 28-6.5.

On the boys side, junior sprinter Tyrell Fennell had the best finish for the Trojans, fifth in 6.79 seconds. Two-tenths of a second separated conference champ Tori Willis of Cambridge and Fennell.

Willis (6.576) defeated Parkside’s Nasir Bolden (6.578) in a photo finish and led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 55-meter hurdles for Cambridge’s boys, who won their first conference indoor team title.

The Bayside Conference consists of all public high schools on the Eastern Shore, regardless of their enrollment. Sixteen Bayside schools have indoor track programs, and KCHS is among the smallest.

At last week’s championships at the Worcester County Recreation Center, most individual events had at least 20 competitors, though many had 30 and 40 some.

Scoring was through eight places.

Kent County’s scorers were Hawkins, Kaydence Russell and Larrimore in the shot put; Fennell in the 55 meters; and Trent Johnson in the 500 meters.

Printed here are complete results for the Trojans. Personal bests are listed in bold.

GIRLS

55 meters: Tess Fuchs, 8.36, 16th; Angel Cote, 8.51; and Jaeda Hoxter, 8.64.

300 meters: Fuchs, 50.08, 16th; and Taylor Strong, 1:05.67.

800 meters: Alden Swanson, 3:01.92, 13th; and Sophie Cousineau, 3:23.86.

1600 meters: Swanson, 6:49.55, 15th.

3200 meters: Cousineau, 15:40.49, 13th.

55-meter hurdles: Hoxter, 11.81, 12th; and Amari-Chi Hollins, 13.26.

4×200 relay of Michelle Menequin, Hollins,  Fuchs and Hoxter, 2:14.12, 11th.

High jump: Hollins, 4 feet, 2 inches, 11th.

Shot put: Ke’yare Hawkins, 31 feet, 10 inches, second; Kaydence Russell, 26-5.5; and Laila Johnson, 21-3.

BOYS

55 meters: Tyrell Fennell, 6.79, fifth.

300 meters: Nick Stead, 45.57, 36th; and Owen Highland; 52.97.

500 meters: Trent Johnson, 1:18.06, eighth; Stead, 1:22.58, 17th; and Highland, 1:37.39.

800 meters: Johnson, 2:24.99, 13th.

1600 meters: Jack Spray, 5:32.14, 18th; Kevin Stroup, 5:56.06; and Andrew Buckel, 6:55.01.

3200 meters: Spray, 14:23.79, 21st; and Aiden Maxey, 15:59.33.

4×800-meter relay of Johnson, Stroup, Spray and Stead, season best of 9:50.96, ninth.

Shot put: Gavin Larrimore, 38 feet, 4.5 inches, seventh; and Ryan Myers, 33-0.

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