Mt. Hebron sophomore Taylor Williams placed third in both the 100 and 200, respectively. Centennial’s Ally Driscoll was second in the 1,600 (5:12.46) and Catie Bernhardt was third in the 800 (2:21.18). River Hill’s Allison Krein was second in the 3,200 with a time of 11:24.26.
Rebekah Markovitz – who was a part of Atholton’s record breaking 4x800 relay team that couldn’t compete due to scheduling conflicts – ran a personal best (59.64), breaking one minute for the first time in an individual run.
“Since we couldn’t run the 4x800, I just wanted to blow out all of my three events,” Rebekah Markovitz said. “I did well at regions and I just wanted to show the seniors this is what could have happened if we ran.”
On the boys side, Centennial senior Josh Poole saved his best 400-meter run for last – earning gold in 49.50.
“I really tried to get out hard in the first 100,” Poole said. “On the back stretch the wind was really strong so I tried tucking while maintaining speed. In the finish, I just wanted it more. I kept telling myself that I had to win states.”
Poole will always remember his Memorial Day weekend in 2013.
“These last couple of days have been really good – with graduating and now having a state title,” he said. “And I got third in the 200, so I’m pretty happy about that.”
In the last event of the meet, Poole anchored Centennial’s gold medal winning 4x400 relay alongside Eddie Krahe, Andrew Kutt and Jordan Roberts.
Tim Virostek, the Howard County Times Indoor Runner of the Year, won his first outdoor state title in the 800 – edging several county runners down the stretch in 1:55.18.
“The outdoor times are much faster and I was really happy that I pulled it out today,” Virostek said. “These guys really pushed it and it ended up being a fast race.”
Virostek’s hopes of doubling in the 1,600 came up short by less than a second as Hereford’s Jon Luckin held him off.
“I was in good position in the mile,” Virostek said. “Going into the last lap, I was in second on the guy’s shoulder, right where I wanted to be. When I made my move, he had a fantastic kick.”
Atholton’s Jordan Palmer outlasted the field in the triple jump with a first place distance of 46-8.5 and Danny Rau of Howard was second in the two miles (9:18.11) to round out the top three individual finishers.
Howard’s Josh People’s swept through the county and regionals in both the 100 and 200 but a hamstring pull slowed him down. With a noticeable limp, he still finished third in the 100 (11.4) and anchored the 4x100 relay (third place) and 4x200 (second place).
The Long Reach boys followed up their 2A South regional championship with a second place finish at states.
Tosin Oyewole led the charge with a first-place finish in the 100 (10.73) and was second in the 200 (21.67).
“This was my first individual state title,” Oyewole said. “I had a really good start. Throughout this outdoor season, my starts have been pretty bad. I finally got it together and had a personal best.”
Oyewole cited the team’s regional title as the catalyst for such a strong showing.
“We really came together as a team after winning the region,” he said. “We performed very well both in distance, field and sprints. Things came together and we did what we had to do.”