Who Had the Best MD Boys Performance at the VA Showcase?

Photo by Mary Ann Magnant

Antonio Camacho-Bucks continues to build what might be the most impressive sophomore-year resumé in recent Maryland history, even without organized sports. He finished second in the invitational mile over the weekend, clocking a huge personal best of 4:14 in the process (he entered the meet with a 1600 personal best of 4:22). Along with his 14:50 track 5K personal best from the fall and the Centennial sophomore is starting to enter the conversation as one of the top distance runners in the country in his class.

Laurenz Colbert continued a stunning senior-season breakout, following his ridiculous 21.08 personal best in the 200 at the Grant Holloway Invitational two weeks ago with a 6.35 personal best performance in the 55 meter dash this weekend. Last year's 4A indoor state champion in the event has emerged as one of the nation's top sprinters and could challenge marks such as 10.40 and 21.00 in the 100 and 200, respectively, this spring.

Emi Erekosima was one of two Maryland boys who shone in the invitational section of the triple jump at this weekend's meet. Due to the exclusion of the horizontal jumps at indoor states and the cancellation of last year's outdoor state meet, the North Hagerstown senior has only competed in the event once at states in his career, but his 48'0.25 personal-best jump (blowing away his previous best of 46'2) solidifies his status as Maryland's top triple jumper.

Isaiah Schulties has finished as the individual runner-up at the Maryland 2A state championships four separate times in his career (twice at last year's indoor state meet alone), and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic threatens to wipe away his chances at a state title. Nevertheless, Schulties has continued to perform throughout the entirety of the pandemic, his 1:54.11 time over the weekend representing a milestone that few half-milers ever reach during the indoor season.

NamePerformanceUS 2021 RankMD 2020 Comp
Antonio Camacho-Bucks4:14.50 mile (4:13.02c)US #4MD #1
Laurenz Colbert6.35 55US #10MD #1
Emi Erekosima48'0.25 TJUS #3MD #1
Isaiah Schulties1:54.11 800US #2MD #2