The top-ranked Century boys have been solid all season and got off to a strong start on the rain-filled first day of the state track and field championships Thursday at Morgan State.
Century finished the first day — which has events for Class 1A and 2A schools — in first place with 55 points. The Knights have a comfortable lead over Oakdale (28), from Frederick County, in the Class 2A division.
Julian Woods and Jake Stefanick each gave the Knights a victory. Woods took first in the long jump (22 feet, 3.25 inches) and Stefanick captured the high jump (6-2).
"We've done all right despite the weather," Century coach Tony Griner said. "Where we've had lows, we've also had highs."
Stefanick was one of the highs. He put on spikes for some of his jumping, which is a little unusual for him, and he got the winning leap in right before the rain and lightning intensified.
"[We] say sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Stefanick said. "We got a break."
The weather wound up being a big factor, as the meet was stopped twice because of lightning and then postponed at 8:20 p.m.
Meet officials said that the girls 3,200-meter runs and any field events that didn't finish will now go on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The official start time for Saturday had been 11 a.m.
The first delay went for about 35 minutes, starting around 6:10 p.m., after lightning was spotted during the girls Class 1A 3,200. Officials stopped the runners in the final part of the second lap.
After the delay, meet officials tried to start with the Class 2A girls but needed to stop that in the fourth lap after seeing more lightning. They re-started the meet again around 7:30 and put the Class 1A and 2A boys 3,200 in one race together and got through that and all the 800 relays.
Other local winners included: Brittany Chavis from Harford Tech (Class 1A discus), Susie Badders of Manchester Valley (Class 1A triple jump), the South Carroll girls 3,200 relay (Class 2A) and the Liberty boys' 3,200 relay (Class 2A).
Team scores (top 5)
1. Perryville, 38; 2. Bohemia Manor, 26; 3. Boonsboro, 16; 4. Forestville Mil. Academy, 13; 5. Pikesville, 12.
3,200-meter relay: 1. Boonsboro, 8:13.00; 2. Pikesville, 8:21.20; 3. Mountain Ridge, 8:26.30
3,200: 1. Franks (BOM), 9:41.95; 2. Allen (FOR), 9:57.73; 3. Thornton (PER), 10:00.41.
Shot put: 1. Johnson (PER), 48-1.5; 2. DeStefano (ALL), 43-11; 3. Allen (BOO), 43-6.
High jump: 1. Matthews (PER), 6-4; 2. Schultz (CS), 6-2; 3. Gill (MV), 6-2.