Westminster coach Bill Hill said his track and field team took a "low- keyed" attitude in the 24th annual Anne Arundel County relays yesterday at Annapolis High.
The Owls boys were coming off a first-place finish and the girls a second-place finish at the Central Maryland Conference Championship Thursday, and with Carroll County and state meets looming, the Owls still managed to place fifth (boys, 34 points) and third (girls, 44) among 30 schools from seven counties.
Defending boys and girls champ Old Mill, again won boys and girls titles with 63 and 81.5 points, respectively.
"Participants who usually run four events ran in only two today," Hill said. "We didn't want to burn them out."
The Owls' afternoon was highlighted by No. 1 finishes in the boys 3,200-meter relay and the distance-medley relay, and the girls high jump, shot put and 1,600 relay.
In the distance medley, Wade Shank, Dion Stanton, Steve Kahler and Jay Merker finished at 8:01.3, the state's second-best time and two-tenths off the state's top mark, which is also held by the Owls.
"We were looking for competition today in that race, but we didn't get it," Hill said. "The kids need to be coming down the straightaway side by side. That's what they need to get records."
In the high jump, Kenya Warfield, Pauleen McAlonan and Cassie Conklin jumped 5-5, 4-11 and 4-5, respectively.
The Carroll County meet is at Western Maryland College Friday and the Class 4A, Region I meet is at Einstein High in Montgomery County May 19.