LANDOVER — The No. 2 Liberty girls have scored easy victories throughout the postseason, and they did more of the same at Monday's Class 2A championship meet.
Liberty showed its balance and depth, finishing with 80 points for the school's first indoor state title.. Largo (44) and Douglass-PG (35) were a distant second and third at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
“This is the best team we've ever had,” Liberty coach Bobby Ward said. “From top to bottom, they're just incredible. I knew that it was in their hands today.”
Liberty had won the Carroll County championship by 88 points, taken the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Division title by 72 points and rolled to a 45-point victory in the Class 2A West Region meet.
Despite Liberty's winning just one of the 13 events Monday, that streak of lopsided results continued.
Ashley Ross won the 300 (40.99 seconds), and the Lions finished in the top three in eight events.
Michelle Keller took second in the shot put and high jump. Erika Loppatto (high jump) and Jamie Russell (pole vault) both added third-place finishes.
The Lions — who won the state title in outdoor track last spring — finished second in the 3,200 relay with Brittany Arndt, Taylor Stillings, Isabelle Pickett and Sarah Rinehart. They took third in the 800 relay with Ross, Arndt, Stillings and Bre Manger. The Lions also set or tied school records in six events.
“We felt really good,” said Arndt, who competed in four events. “We always knew we were a really deep team, and it makes us a lot more comfortable.”
Another Carroll County competitor, Hannah Oneda of Winters Mill, set two Class 2A meet records. The Johns Hopkins-bound senior won the 1,600 in 5:04.66 and took the 3,200 in 10:45.67.
She had set records in both of those events last year.
“Not a bad day,” Oneda said. “I just wanted to do my best. I was consistent today.”
Erika Hurd from Manchester Valley won the Class 1A high jump title for the third straight winter. Hurd (5-4) now has won a total of six state titles in her indoor and outdoor career.
Hurd rested all of last week due to some nagging leg soreness, skipping the rescheduled Carroll County championship meet, but she didn't miss a beat at states.
“We came into here not knowing what she'd be able to do,” Manchester Valley coach Eric Baumgardner said. “But she was awesome.”
Smithsburg won the Class 1A boys championship with 80.5 points, and Northwestern and Boonsboro tied for second (55).
Boonsboro took the girls division with 108 points; Northwestern (79) finished second.
Douglass-PG won the Class 2A boys with 56 points. Walkersville was second with 43. No. 8 Francis Scott Key finished third with 39 points, just ahead of a Carroll County rival, No. 6 Century (34).
The Class 3A and 4A state meets will be held today at 4 p.m. at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Indoor Track and Field State Championships
(at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex)
Team scores (top 5): 1. Smithsburg, 80.5; 2. (tie), Northwestern, Boonsboro, 55; 4. North Carroll, 49; 5. Pikesville, 43.5.
Individual events: 3,200-meter relay: 1. North Carroll, 8:31.50; 2. Pikesville, 8:33.31; 3. Boonsboro, 8:48.33.
300: 1. Akosa (WES), 36.07; 2. Davis (NT), 36.62; 3. Greene (SMI), 36.80.
1,600: 1. Daigneault (SMI), 4:40.75; 2. Trettel (BRU), 4:40.88; 3. Afework (NW), 4:42.73.
Pole vault: 1. Seabright (BOO), 12-0; 2. Porter (SMI), 11-6; 3. Stover (SMI), 10-6.
500: 1. Jones (WES), 1:07.77; 2. Salmond (NW), 1:07.86; 3. Smith (NC), 1:08.24.
55 hurdles: 1. Dell (NC), 8.18; 2. Stover (SMI), 8.64; 3. Wallace (BOO), 8.69.
55: 1. Chase (OVE), 6.63; 2. Palmer (PER), 6.71; 3. Greene (SMI), 6.82.
3,200: 1. Daigneault (SMI), 10:10.08; 2. Solomon (PIK), 10:11.78; 3. Afework (NW), 10:23.12.
Shot put: 1. Henry (FH), 53-3.5; 2. Lowery (BOO), 52-8.75; 3. Washington (OVE), 45-6.75.
High jump: 1. Davis (NT), 6-0; 2. Gill (MV), 6-0; 3. Anderson (SA), 5-10.
800 relay: 1. Smithsburg, 1:34.42; 2. Western Tech, 1:35.19; 3. Forestville, 1:36.17.
800: 1. Wilson (NC), 2:01.59; 2. Trettel (BRU), 2:03.55; 3. Kostin (PIK), 2:06.31.
1,600 relay: 1. Northwestern, 3:32.19; 2. Western Tech, 3:37.22; 3. Pikesville, 3:37.69.