The Digital Harbor boys and girls dominated the Baltimore City indoor track championships Wednesday at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

The No. 7 boys won their third consecutive team championship, while the girls ended Western's three-year streak of championships. Western had won 21 of the last 22 Baltimore City titles, with Digital Harbor being the only team to interrupt that streak four years ago.

Both Digital Harbor teams cruised to their titles. The boys finished with 137 points, easily beating out City (61). The girls posted 126 points, far ahead of runner-up Poly (100.5).

Lutalo Bakari, the Digital Harbor co-coach with Mike Rose, said his teams wanted to sweep this meet since practice began in November. Bakari said the coaches pushed to get the team to accept the concept of working together.


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"This is history for us," said Bakari, who also gets help from assistant coach Raynard Bennett. "It's a team effort, both ways. If we train like everything depends on us, we don't have to worry about anyone else."

The boys have accomplished plenty in recent seasons, winning the Class 3A state title last year.

For the girls, Ciearah Hairston and Renee Summerville led Digital Harbor. Hairston won the 55-meter hurdles and the 300. She also took second in the high jump and ran on the victorious 800-meter relay.

Hairston and her teammates were thrilled to win their second City title, but said they want more.

"Right now, we're not satisfied with [only] the City championship," she said. "We're never satisfied. We know success comes through hard work and dedication."

Summerville also was on that 800 relay team after finishing second in the 300, third in the 500 and fifth in the 55-meter hurdles. Together, Hairston and Summerville combined for 46 individual points, plus 10 more from the winning relay.

Travis Walker, Darrius Salmond and Edmond Okerson paced the boys. Walker won the 500-meter dash and ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay team. The Rams also won the 800 relay.

Salmond scored the tough sweep of the 1,600 and 3,200 for 20 key points. Okerson gave Digital Harbor second-place finishes in both the 55 and high jump.

All of them were happy that the boys and girls combined to achieve their goal.

"All we wanted to do was make history," Salmond said. "This really means a lot to us, to make sure that we both won."

Robert Miller again put on an outstanding performance for a second consecutive year. The City sophomore won the 300-meter and 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles, and has lost just one race all season.

"I feel good," Miller said. "I've still got another meet next week [the regional] next week, and now I'll focus on that."

Ijeoma Ike-Amaechi of Poly also won three events, taking the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter dashes.

 

Baltimore City Indoor Track championships

(at 5th Regiment Armory)