New generation of record setters emerging for KCHS track

WORTON — It’s been an historically great spring for Kent County High School’s track and field program with four new records and a tied record.

And, perhaps, more is to come as the Trojans are about to be pushed by their stiffest competition of the season at this week’s region championships.

“I am so proud of these kids and the amount of work and passion they have been putting in,” second-year head coach Kalyn Stout told The Evening Enterprise in an email.

On April 20 at the Battle for 213 at neighboring rival Queen Anne’s, sophomore Ke’yare Hawkins bettered her own record, again, in the discus. The new standard is 101 feet, 4 inches.

Sophomore Rah ‘Zir Wilson and senior Larry Steward each have established individual records and as members of the record-setting sprint relay.

Wilson eclipsed the school standard in the long jump that had stood for more than 40 years. He jumped 21 feet, 7 inches at the North Bayside Conference championships May 2 where he placed second. The previous record of 21-3 3/4 was set by Giovanni Rochester in 1982.

Steward’s high jump of 6-6 at the Kent Island Invitational on April 18 equaled the record that Melvin Morton set in 1995. (Steward set a Class 1A indoor record with his winning jump of 6 feet, 4.25 inches in February at the state championships.)

The 4×100-meter relay of Tyrell Fennell, Steward, Wilson and RJ Peterson stopped the timer in record time — and winning time — of 43.34 seconds at the North Bayside championships.

The previous record of 43.6 was set in 2007 by Kyle Hackett, Jovan Turner, Sam Shoge and Lamont Wesley.

Junior Gavin Larrimore now owns the school record in the shot put, 45 feet, 0.5 inches. The previous mark of 44-6.5 was set by James Walters in 2007. Larrimore’s record throw came April 22 at the Trojans’ only home meet.

The season is far from over for the Trojans, and given their recent track record, the best may yet to come as they head to the Class 1A East Region championship meet today (Tuesday, May 14) and Thursday. This is the qualifying meet for the state championships.

The top two in each regional final and the next top eight times or marks from all four regions in the classification will advance to the state meet. In addition, any individual competitors or relays who achieve the advancement standards in their region meet final also will advance.

The 1A East consists of Bohemia Manor and Perryville of Cecil County and all the small schools on the Eastern Shore that have track programs; all told, there are 11 schools in the region.

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