The Baltimore County indoor track and field championships turned into the Hereford classic as the Hereford boys and girls captured both titles at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
It was the seventh straight crown for the girls and fourth straight for the boys.
Hereford’s girls (115) pulled away from runner-up Franklin (98) with strong performances late in the meet in the pole vault and 1,600 meter-relay.
Hereford’s Marissa Wells (second) and Hannah Bolick (third) both cleared 8-feet and Katy Lynch (fourth) was fourth in the vault at 7-6.
Franklin sophomore Olivia Gruver, who earlier won high jump (4-10), captured the pole vault (9-6) at the same time she was supposed to be running in the 1,600 relay, but the two events overlapped.
Meanwhile, the Hereford quartet of Rebecca Schmidt, Katie Denz, Sarah Ashwood and Melissa Meehling were second in the 1,600 relay.
Hereford’s Meghan Davis was second in the high jump (4-10).
“She cleared 4-10, but she hasn’t done that in weeks,” Hereford coach Brad Duval said. “She had a huge day for us.”
Bull distance dandies also came up big as they went 1-2-4 with Ashwood, Erin Causey and Meghan Anderson in the 1,600 and 1-2-4 with Anderson, Causey and Lacey Brown in the 3,200.
“We were all focusing on team,” Anderson said. “No one has to be a hero as long as we all do our part and score points.”
Franklin’s Gruver and Najatee McNeil (55 dash and 55 hurdles), and Western Tech’s Sharon Dorsey (500 and 800) were double winners for the girls.
It was Dorsey’s first time this season doing both events and she held off Hereford’s Ashwood at the finish line by .20 in the 800
“I heard her footsteps,” said Dorsey, who is overcoming a hamstring injury. “Her presence gave me the push I needed to finish strong.”
Perry Hall’s Vince Ciattei (1,600 and 3,200) and Pikesville’s Maury Sall (300 and 500) won two individual events, but it was the Hereford depth that proved to be the difference in the boys meet.
The only individual winners for the Bulls were pole vaulter Kevin Payne (13-6) and 800-meter champ Matt Lehnert (2:05.50).
“The important thing is getting the seconds and thirds,” said Hereford coach Jason Bowman, who praised the distance work of Julian Rivera. “He didn’t win a race today, but he really ran big for us.”
Rivera was second in the 3,200 ahead of Catonsville’s Luke Chetelat and Bull teammate Jon Luckin in a hotly-contested race won by Ciattei.
Rivera was third behind Luckin and Ciattei in the 1,600 meters.
Hereford’s boys finished with 89.5 points and easily outpaced Dulaney (48.5), Pikesville (48) and Perry Hall (45).
“We just have a great collection of extraordinary athletes,” Bowman said.
Dulaney’s boys produced a pair of champions as Tionne Barmer won the 55-meter hurdles (8.20) and Deion Franklin captured the 55-dash (6.79).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun