Owings Mills sprinter Lonnie Humphrey has achieved plenty of individual success during his high school career. Two Baltimore County titles, three state championships and six region titles prove that.
But individual titles are not his goal.
"My goal is to help give Owings Mills a state championship for the team," said Humphrey. "I want to leave school with a [state championship] banner for the team so when I come back I can say I ran for Owings Mills that year."
Humphrey certainly helped the team yesterday at the Baltimore County Relays at Catonsville Community College. He anchored relays that finished first once and second twice as the Owings Mills boys finished an impressive fourth with 51 points.
Perry Hall won the boys competition with 82 points, holding off a late rush from Woodlawn (74). Dulaney took third with 53, followed closely by Owings Mills.
Dulaney won on the girls side, edging Woodlawn, 86-76. Perry Hall took third with 72 points.
Humphrey keyed Owings Mills. He anchored the sprint medley that Owings Mills won in 3 minutes, 51.3 seconds. He also closed out second-place finishes in the 1,600 meters (3:40.4) and 8 x 200 (3:17.4) relays.
The senior held off a charge from Woodlawn to win the first event. Humphrey turned on the jets to bring Owings Mills up to second in the other two. The Eagles stood third in the 8 x 200 when he got thebaton, and fourth and fading in the 1,600 when Humphrey took over.
"He was blessed with speed," said Owings Mills coach Eric Webber. "The thing with him is not his speed but his attitude. He has the perfect attitude. He's the ultimate team [player]."
In the 1,600, the Eagles trailed by approximately 50 yards when Humphrey took the baton. Still, a close second wasn't enough.
"My goal was first [place]," said Humphrey, who will attend Shaw (N.C.) University next year. "I don't care if they've lapped us or we're in last. Everyone runs to get first."
Perry Hall got first thanks to strong efforts from Dave Reeves and Charles Adams. Reeves participated in the shuttle hurdle relay, the high jump and two sprint relays. Adams threw in both the shot and discus.
Perry Hall coach Jerry Martin credited Marilyn Bevans and Ron Schlick with much of the Gators' success. Bevans works with the distance runners, and Schlick helps train competitors in the weight events.
For the girls, Dulaney used strong efforts from Kristen Friz, Amanda White, Ashley Dorr and Dishina Davis. Friz ran the fastest leg in the 4 x 1 mile and the 4 x 800 and anchored the distance medley. The Lions won all three.
White anchored the 4 x 1 mile, the 4 x 800 and the sprint medley, events Dulaney won. She also anchored the second-place 1,600 relay.