Perry Hall used a combination of athletes from its county championship cross country team and its 7-3 football team to defend successfully its Baltimore County boys indoor track and field championship.
The Gators beat second-place Woodlawn by 63 points to win the boys title, and Catonsville won the girls meet yesterday at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
"We were very fortunate to have the quality of athletes we do," said Perry Hall coach Jerry Martin. "I'm very proud to get the football and cross country guys out to represent the school."
Roy Marsh, an All-Metro running back, became the first three-time 55-meter champion and won his second 300-meter title. Marsh also anchored the 800-meter relay with a personal-best 22.7 seconds. His freshman brother Mandel ran the third leg in 25.0.
"This is the best I've run," said Marsh. "I didn't know who was who; I just ran my own race."
Sophomore Charles Adams, 6 feet 6, 285 pounds and a nose guard on the Gators football team, won the shot put.
Meredith Benzing, who won the high jump and 800, led Catonsville, which held off Parkville and Perry Hall in the girls meet.
"I knew it would be a three-team race," said Catonsville coach Jeff McDaniel. "They really peaked at the right time. Now we have to hold them at this level for the states."
Benzing's teammate, April Hart, who won the high-jump title last year, did not compete yesterday because of illness.
"It's a real rivalry between those two," McDaniel said. "Meredith hit her personal best in the high jump today. She had a 5-2, while April's best indoor is 5-1.
"If April is OK for the states, we have a good shot at winning," McDaniel said.