A week later, at the same venue, the county's stars were still shining. At the 3A East and 2A South regional meets at Reservoir High School May 17-19, two teams and 25 county athletes won titles. And of those winning efforts, the majority came on the heels of county championships.
The team champions in 3A East, the Reservoir boys and Mt. Hebron girls, were among those that seemed to build on the previous week's success. The Gators scored 110 points to outdistance second-place Wilde Lake (104) and third-place Howard (83), while the girls' competition saw Mt. Hebron (112) cruise past Howard (69) and Hammond (69).
The top teams and qualifying individuals in each event will now turn their focus to the state meet, which will be held May 24-26 at Morgan State University.
For full results see High School Wrap-up.
Class 3A East
Michaela Wilkins was once again at the forefront of the Vikings' charge to first. The senior had a hand in four winning efforts, taking gold in the 400- and 800-meter runs and the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Even more impressive was that Wilkins was two seconds faster in the 400 (55.97) and four seconds faster in the 800 (2:21.39) than the times she posted at the county meet.
Mt. Hebron also got a boost from Rachel Yep winning the 3,200, along with Taylor Williams accumulating a trio of second-place finishes (100, 200 and 400).
Wilkins wasn't the only multiple-event winner, though. Second-place Howard got a pair of victories from Christine London (100 and 300 hurdles), Centennial's Kathleen Amstad swept the 100 and 200 dashes, and Atholton's Brianna Taborn picked up wins in the shot put and discus.
Hammond, which tied Howard for second, was led by Jermika Miller (first in the triple jump and second in the long jump) and its winning 4x200 relay squad.
On the boys' end of things, Reservoir and Wilde Lake were again neck and neck for much of the meet. The Gators ultimately prevailed, though, getting winning efforts from Timmy Usher (800), Jalen Thomas (110 hurdles) and Evan Rector (pole vault). It also didn't hurt matters that Reservoir put together a total of five second-place finishers.
Dante Garner, meanwhile, led Wilde Lake with his sweep of the long jump (21-8.5) and triple jump (46-0) events. On top of that, the Wildecats did significant damage in the distance events. Tim Virostek didn't win any events, but did finish in the top three in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Duncan Enerson also brought home top three finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Howard showcased its dominance in the relays, earning victories in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. The Lions also got a victory from Justin Marsh in the 300 hurdles.
Mt. Hebron (76 points) ended up finishing fourth and was led by a pair of victories from Jackson Porter (100- and 200-meter dash).
Class 2A South
The Long Reach girls were the county's top finisher in their region, taking second (70.5 points) behind champion Largo (113). Kristen Fawole was the star for the Lightning, posting winning distances in the long jump and triple jump.
Long Reach also brought home top four finishes in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
Glenelg's Julia Nardone was a multiple event winner herself, taking home titles in the 1,600 (5:14.06) and 3,200 (11:40.31). Nardone's Gladiator teammate Samantha Creese (pole vault) also posted a victory.
Long Reach was also the top finisher on the boys' side, taking third (69) behind Frederick Douglass-PG (151) and Patuxent (72). The Lightning didn't have any event winners, but did get second-place efforts from Tosin Oweyole (200) and the team's 4x100 relay squad.
There was still a trio of individual event winners from the county. Glenelg's Mike Messina won the pole vault, Oakland Mills' Tenard Childs captured the 110 hurdles and Marriotts Ridge placed first in the 4x800 relay.