Victories in the boys 500 meters, long jump and 4×400 meter relay highlighted the South Lakes High School indoor track team’s performance at the 6A North Regional Championship Wednesday at the Prince George’s Sportsplex in Landover, Md.
SLHS will be represented by 20 athletes at the 6A State Indoor Championships Feb. 27-March 1 in Hampton.
Senior Daniel Johnsen won the 500 meters in 1:06.08. He also anchored the winning 4×400 relay team (3:28.16) of seniors Michael Kerr, Luis Rivas and junior Sam Arpee. Johnsen also finished fourth in the 300 meters with a 36.87.
The top six finishers in each of the regional events advance to the state track meet.
Khayri Denny jumped 22-5.25 to win the regional title in the long jump. The senior also finished fifth in the 55 meters (6.65), sixth in the 300 meters (37.22) and 15th in the triple jump (39-3.50). Denny teamed with seniors Ben O’Connor, Marcus Harrell and Anthony Mayo for a fourth place finish in the 4×200 (1:34.72).
Junior Delaney Wickman was second in the 500 meters (1:16.67) while sophomore Golden Kumi-Darfour finished fifth (1:17.56). Freshman Devyn Jones ran a 8.90 in the 55 meter hurdles for fifth place and a trip to states and junior Comfort Reed placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 36-2. Reed was also 12th in the long jump (16-2).
Other top six performances at the regional meet include:
Girls 4×400 relay team of juniors Ozioma Chinaka, Maya Rodriguez, Kumi-Darfour and Jones ran a 4:10.20 for sixth place.
Senior Abby Reinhold, juniors Erin Bidwell and Gabrielle Acosta and sophomore Monica Lannen placed sixth in the girls 4×800 (10:03.14).
SLHS performances at the 6A North Region Championships also included: Girls 4×200 relay (12th, 1:56.10); boys 4×800 relay (9th, 8:22.46); Arpee, 500 meters (9th, 1:08.65); Chinaka, pole vault (10th, 7-9), shot put (22nd, 27-9.75); Grace Gillen, 500 meters (8th, 1:20.33); Kerr, 500 meters (8th, 1;08.23); Lannen, 3200 meters (16th, 12:18.31); Jordan Lozama, 55 meters (13th, 7.62), shot put (23rd, 27-3); Mayo, long jump (8th, 20-4.75); Andrew McCool, 1,600 meters (11th, 4:32.21), 3,200 meters (18th, 10:10.65); Khoa Nguyen, long jump (21st, 18-6), triple jump (13th, 40-3.25); Claire Nieusma, 500 meters (12th, 1:20.59); Reinhold, 1,000 meters (16th, 3:22.92); Rivas, 1,00 meters (7th, 2:41.02); Rodriguez, 55 meter hurdles (8th, 9.21); Alex Rudison, triple jump (16th, 38-8); Nathan Stone, 55 meter hurdles (20th, 9.21); Kristin Tran, long jump (19th, 13-3); Wickman, 300 meters (8th, 42.70).
Kahryi Denny and Daniel Johnsen compete for South Lakes. Credit: Gabrielle Lozama.