LANDOVER — The Pikesville and Western Tech girls each created their own bits of history at Monday's indoor track state championship meet.
Pikesville scored 18 points in the final two events to edge out Manchester Valley and capture its first Class 1A state title. No. 9 Western Tech won the Class 2A crown in its first year in the division in the meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
The Class 3A and 4A parts of the state meet are scheduled for 4 p.m. today, also at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex — weather permitting.
Pikesville stunned the rest of the field by winning the final event (the 1,600 relay) while the pole vault was taking place. In that event, Morgan Jones then finished second to give the Panthers 70 points, putting them ahead of Manchester Valley (66) and North Carroll (64).
The Panthers won the Class 1A Central Region title but weren't sure what to expect in this meet.
"We won the region, and we were content with that," said Senait Weaver, who ran on the victorious relay and won the 500. "But everybody's individual performance added up. It was just a good day."
Weaver teamed up with Sydney Jones, Khala Marshall-Watkins and Emily Glossinger to win the 1,600 relay for 10 points. Glossinger, a freshman, also took third in the 1,600 and scored in two other races.
Pikesville coach Adam Hittner had to pull Morgan Jones out of the last relay to let her compete in the pole vault, and Marshall-Watkins stepped in and ran well as the Panthers finished off their surprising ending.
"That was crazy the way we did it," Hittner said. "But we did it."
Western Tech did plenty in Class 1A, winning state titles in 2010 and 2011, but didn't miss a beat moving up, thanks to having the depth that coach Shedrick Elliott loves.
"I'm very proud of them," Elliott said. "This is the entire team today. We've had some injuries this year, but we came together at the right time."
Sharon Dorsey and Rebeka Holt paced Western Tech. Dorsey once again came through in a big meet, winning the 300 and 500 and taking fourth in the 800.
Holt helped by finishing second in the 800, third in the 300 and fourth in the 500. She also ran on the runner-up 1,600 relay. The Wolverines had to overcome several injuries this season, a big reason their depth proved crucial.
Manchester Valley led in Class 1A for much of the meet, thanks to Katie Leisher. She won the 1,600 and 3,200 and took second in the 800 to help the Mavericks finish second.
"It shows everyone in the school that track is something," Leisher said. "It puts some shine on us."
For the boys, Smithsburg won the Class 1A state title (79.5 points), edging out No. 10 Pikesville by four. Daniel Lewis won the 55 hurdles for defending champion Pikesville, which also captured the 800 and 1,600 relays. Douglass-PG won Class 2A's boys with 65, beating out No. 2 Century by five.
The Knights won the 3,200 relay and got a first-place finish from Nick Neral in the pole vault (15 feet).
Carroll County had several good performances at this meet. Liberty's Sarah Rinehart set a new Class 2A record when she won the 1,600 in 5:04.53. Teammate Kara Patrice won the 55 in 7.24, edging out her sister Erin (7.25) as the sixth-ranked Lions took third in Class 2A.
South Carroll's Izzy Laurel tied a Class 2A record for the high jump when she won with a leap of 5-8.