The Long Reach and Pikesville boys track and field teams won state titles on Saturday in the championship meet at Morgan State. The Manchester Valley girls also took home a team title, but all three teams took different paths to their crowns.
For the No. 6 Lightning, it was their second straight Class 3A state crown, after winning the indoor title. Robert Carter and Tosin Oyewole carried the team, which scored 68 points, ahead of No. 5 Wilde Lake (50.5).
Both Carter and Oyewole won two events and ran together on two first-place relays. Carter took the 110- and 300-meter hurdles while Oyewole won the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Both ran on the 400- and 800-meter relays, helping the Lightning to 60 of its 68 points.
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"We knew coming in ... that they were going to be 40 points," Long Reach coach Pete Hughes said. "They're our backbone."
Maury Sall and Daniel Lewis paced Pikesville, which pulled away late to win the Class 1A title with 91.5 points, easily beating North Carroll (57).
Sall, finally back at full strength after knee surgery last spring, showed his talent by winning the 400 and 800. He also anchored the victorious 1,600-meter relay in final event.
Lewis won the 110 and 300 hurdles. The Panthers won that 1,600 relay, took third in the 400 relay and were able to score 20 late points to run away from North Carroll.
Pikesville finished second in the indoor state meet, losing to Smithsburg by 4.5 points, and coach Adam Hittner said that motivated his team all spring.
"They were upset about finishing second, and they were really focused and wanted to do everything this spring," Hittner said. "They've been just great."
Manchester Valley won its first outdoor state title, finishing with 102.5 points, ahead of Perryville (87).
The Mavericks' won without top runner Katie Leisher, who collapsed due to dehydration at the end of her 3,200 run on Thursday. She finished that race (third) but was held out of the 800 and 1,600 on Saturday.
Still, the Mavericks had enough. Arianna Woodley won the long jump, beating out teammate Liz Leahy. Nikki Miller gave them a second-place finish in the 1,600, and they also won the 400 relay.
The No. 3 Century boys tried for a second straight state title but Douglass-PG won the Class 2A championship with 117.5 points, beating the Knights (77).
Milford Mill's girls came close to a state title, but Huntingtown edged them, 83-79, by scoring five points in the final event (long jump). The Millers got wins from Medinah Spencer (100 hurdles), Toni Brown (400), Yinka Alabi (300 hurdles) and the 1,600 relay team.
The No. 10 Western Tech girls made a late charge but finished third in Class 2A. Oakdale (85 points) edged out Boonsboro (83) and the Wolverines.
There also were a number of strong individual efforts. Carrington Akosa of Western Tech scored three wins (100, 200, 400). Chris Heydrick of River Hill (800, 1,600) and Hereford's Jamal Cody (110, 300 hurdles) and Western Tech's Sharon Dorsey (200, 400) also won twice.
(at Morgan State)