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Prep Track Notepad: Cavaliers hope to ‘make some noise’ in big meets

The Caroline High School boys track and field team earned a narrow victory at a 12-team meet on its home surface on Saturday.

The Cavaliers won the Caroline Invitational by eking past second-place Brunswick, 118–116.

Veteran coach Sansberry Harvey left the event with a positive feeling about his squad heading into next Wednesday’s Battlefield District meet at Culpeper.

The Cavaliers’ 400-meter relay team won its race in 42.80 seconds, which is the fastest time in Group AA this year, according to milestat .com.

“I just take it one day at a time with relays because anything can happen,” Harvey said. “The biggest thing now is to make sure their heads are clear. I have to make them understand that being No. 1, everybody is coming after you.”

The 400 relay team, which consists of Duane Fields, Alvester Coleman, Bevontae Morris and Aason Pankey, also won its heat at the Penn Relays two weeks ago.

It placed 20th overall out of 367 schools of similar size at the Penn Relays.

The quartet isn’t the only element of Harvey’s team that helped it win the Caroline Invitational, however.

Sophomore Freddie Romero–Baker won the pole vault with a clearance of 12 feet, 6 inches.

Junior DaQuan Pollard scored points in five events. He was second in the long jump, third in the high jump, third in the 110 hurdles, fourth in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the triple jump.

“He’s our workhorse,” Harvey said. “He’s a pure athlete. I just have to get him to be serious enough to understand what he has to do.”

Kamen Mickens won the high jump for the Cavaliers on Saturday, while Fields placed second in the 100.

It all has Harvey feeling like the Cavaliers are ready to “make some noise” in the district and in Region I.

—Taft Coghill Jr.