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Francis Scott Key track and field coach Tom Hill took a businesslike view of the first day of the Class 1A state track and field championships.

"We have done what's required of us. We've done our job," Hill said. "Now, we have to do it [today]."

The Eagles' boys and girls teams won two events and placed in several others, as they got off to good starts in the opening day of competition at Western Maryland College.

The Francis Scott Key boys stand second with 30 points, two behind Boonsboro.

The girls are third with 19. Smithsburg is first (34) and Boonsboro sits four behind.

The meet will be concluded today.

The Eagles scored 10-point victories in the girls 3,200-meter relay and the pole vault (Josh Crone).

The relay team, in the final event of the day, scored an impressive victory.

The team of Laurie Ryer, Chrissy Naurot, Stacey Greene and Carrie Ryer stayed near the lead most of the way. Carrie Ryer took the baton in the lead on the final lap and ran away from the competition for a big victory in 1 minute, 48.76 seconds.

"To be a state championship team and win as convincingly as they did is a credit to their abilities and is a team effort," Hill said. "The girls did . . . what was needed. Each girl improved the position."

Crone got to the top with some company from a friend. His leap of 13-6 took the title, but teammate Ryan Dunn came in just behind at 13-0.

The Eagles relied on their trademark depth to score early and often. Steve Wright took second in the high jump, the boys 3,200 relay finished fourth and the girls team was fifth.

Fallston and Wilde Lake also provided local winners.

Fallston's girls won the 3,200 relay title in 9:54.9.

Kelly Greer, Monica Beall, Candy Credito and Pam Toth helped turn in Fallston's first under-10 minute effort in four years. The Cougars last won this event in 1987, at the end of a three-year run on state titles.

"The big factor that sparked us was Candy Credito when she did a 2:23 split [on the third leg]," Fallston coach Garry Trott said. "Pam Toth just kept the lead."

The Wilde Lake boys took the 800 title in 1:30.94. Jermaine Sutton, Kris Paul, Chris Mosby and Craig Butler made up that team.

Javon Jones of Owings Mills capped his first season of track and field with a second-place finish in the long jump. He held the lead until the next-to-last round when Ricky Henderson of Brunswick took the lead by a few inches. Henderson then extended the lead in his last jump to win in 22-1, and Jones took second in 20-10.25.

"I'm not really mad," Jones said, with a big smile. "This is only my second big meet."

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