County track teams reaped three regional championships and three runner-up finishes in meets last week.
Howard won the girls Class 3A, Region III title for only the second time in school history. Oakland Mills won the boys Class 2A, Region II title over runner-up Hammond. And Hammond won the girls Class 2, Region II title over runner-up Oakland Mills, with the Bears' Kisha Jett tying a state record in the 100.
The Glenelg boys finished second in the Class 2A, Region I meet behind Middletown.
Sloppy record-keeping by meet officials almost cost Howard its title at Linganore, site of the meet.
"They [meet officials] announced that we had finished second, and Bladensburg had the winner's trophy and was ready to leave," Howard coach Joe Thomas said. "But they hadn't given us any points for our second-place, 1600-meter relay team."
With that correction, Howard edged Bladensburg, 129-125.
Freshman Mona Jackson was a standout, winning the long jump at 16 feet and the high jump at 5 feet. She placed second in the triple jump.
A big event was the 100 --, as the Lions qualified three girls for state championship competition. Tori Mills ran second at 12.9, Diedre Presley fourth at 13.3 and Jenny McClanahan sixth at 13.5. Howard also won the 400- and 80-meter relays with Mills, Nicolle Showell, McClanahan and Presley.
Thomas thinks Howard has a legitimate shot at a state title in the three-day contest starting tomorrow.
Jett tied a state record in the 100 at 11.7 seconds and won four events to lead the Bears to their title. Jett also took the 200 (24.9), 400 (59.1) and long jump (17-3).
Hammond won the 3200 and 800 relays and finished third in the 400 and 1600 relays.
Distance star Samantha Andersch won the 1600, but did not run the 3200 or 800, leaving the meet early to attend a prom. Andersch, who was county champ in both events, will be ineligible to compete in either event this week.
Hammond's Melanie White was expected to do well in three events, but was injured last week.
It was Hammond's fourth straight regional title, but the Bears will be hard-pressed to beat Central for the state title with White and Andersch ineligible in several events.
Oakland Mills' girls finished second to Hammond, 143-132. Nina Tucker won the 110 hurdles (18.1) and 300 hurdles (52.5). Oakland Mills' 1600 relay also won in 4:23.
Oakland Mills' boys team beat runner-up Hammond, 159-123.
Shandar Marioner won the 400 (50.9) and 200 (22.6) for the Scorps. Tod Colby finished first in the pole vault (11-0). Wade McHargue won the shot (45-10 ). And Oakland Mills won the 400, 800 and 1600 relays.
Hammond's Andrew Tetteh won the high jump (6-2) and triple jump (43-5). Kris Jefferson won the long jump (22-2 3/4 ). And Robert Sharps won the 110 hurdles (14.7) and 300 hurdles (41.1).
Glenelg's boys trailed regional champ Middletown, 108 1/3 to 97.
Gerard Hogan won the 1600 (4:36.8) and 3200 (9:59.7) and was second in the 800 (2:03.4). Jeff Slack won the high jump at 6-5 and will be top-seeded in the state Class 2A meet.