Trojans more than double number of region qualifiers in track

LANDOVER — Sprints, middle and long distances, jumping and throwing events.

The Trojans have it covered as they head to the Class 1A East Region indoor track meet Friday, Feb. 9 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.

This is the qualifier for the Feb. 20 state championships.

The first-, second- and third-place finishers in each event automatically advance as well as the next top seven times or marks overall from the three regions.

That’s a change from the past, when the top four place-finishers were automatic state qualifiers.

And, that’s not the only difference.

The number of competitors per individual event now is 16, down from 24.

While it’s been more challenging to earn a spot at regionals, Kent County High School is sending nearly three times as many athletes as a year ago. Some have qualified in more than one event.

“Extremely exciting,” first-year head coach Kalyn Stout said of the Trojans’ region-bound contingent.

For anyone who has been following KCHS’ track programs, Larry Steward, Ke’yare Hawkins, Gavin Larrimore and Tyrell Fennell are among the frequent headline makers.

Steward took the bronze medal in the high jump at the 2023 state outdoor championships when Hawkins, then a freshman, placed seventh in the shot put with a school record of 33 feet, 9 inches.

Hawkins, who also owns the school’s indoor record of 33-10.5, won the silver medal at the Bayside Conference indoor championships last month.

Larrimore has consistently scored for Kent County’s boys in the shot put. His personal best is 40 feet, 8.5 inches as he continues to approach the school record of 44-9.5 that has stood since 1982.

Fennell was fifth in the Bayside in the 55 meters with a time that was only two-tenths of a second behind the conference champ.

Also noteworthy are Jaeda Hoxter, who has qualified for the regional meet in three events, and Jack Spray, who has qualified in four.

Others who should do well include sprinter Rah Zir Wilson, who competed in the New Balance Nationals outdoor championships last year as a freshman in the 100 meters, and the cross country crew of Sophie Cousineau, Trent Johnson and Kevin Stroup.

Steward and Wilson have embraced the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s new dual-sport option that allows athletes to play two sports in the same season. Basketball is their primary sport.

There are 18 schools in the 1A East that have indoor track programs; seven of them are from Prince George’s County and eight are from the Eastern Shore. In addition to KCHS, the Shore schools are Cambridge-South Dorchester, Colonel Richardson, Crisfield, Washington, Mardela, Pocomoke and Snow Hill.

Printed below are Kent County’s region qualifiers and their events.


55-meter hurdles: Jaeda Hoxter and Amara-Chi Hollins

3200 meters: Sophie Cousineau

4×200-meter relay of Michelle Menequin, Angel Cote, Tess Fuchs and Hoxter

High jump: Hollins and Hoxter

Shot put: Ke’yare Hawkins and Kaydence Russell


55 meters: Tyrell Fennell

500 meters: Trent Johnson

800 meters: Trent Johnson and Jack Spray

1600 meters: Spray and Kevin Stroup

3200 meters:  Spray and Stroup

4×200-meter relay of Colbyn Lopez, Rah Zir Wilson, Taion Johnson and Fennell

4×400-meter relay of Trent Johnson, Nick Stead, Stroup and Lopez

4×800-meter relay of  Trent Johnson,  Stroup, Spray and Stead

Shot put: Gavin Larrimore, Harrison Gibby and Ryan Myers

High jump: Larry Steward, Taion Johnson and Wilson

Note: Alden Swanson, Owen Hyland and Andrew Buckle also qualified, but will not compete due to illness or injury, according to coach Stout.

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