Oakland Mills' Xavier Brisco knew he had to make up ground heading into the final leg of the 3,200-meter relay at yesterday's state Class 2A track and field championships at Western Maryland College.
He was running his fastest time of the season, and the Scorpions junior knew that the 35 meters separating him from first place never had a chance.
Brisco flew through the final leg, completing his 800 meters in a 1 minute, 54.5 seconds -- just 1/10th of a second off the existing ZTC 800 record -- to give his team first place in the event.
"I had a feeling I was going to [catch up]," said Brisco, who shattered his previous best by over three seconds. "It feels great. All the hard work has paid off."
Coming from behind is nothing new for Brisco, who teamed with Phil Cassel, Eric Larsen and Josh Tripp for the win in 8:09.91. He also did his come-from-behind act in the 4 x 800 against Annapolis and in the county 4 x 400.
No one, -- not even coach Sam Singleton -- expected him to close so much ground so quickly. His effort helped Oakland Mills break its previous best by almost 10 seconds.
"It's the competition," said Singleton, whose team won the stat2A indoor title last winter. "He's been running two-flats all season. He was just really ready for this."
The win helped propel the Scorpions into first place after thopening day of competition. Other local boys teams in the hunt are Glenelg, (fifth), Hammond (ninth) and Edgewood (10th).
Glenelg's Ed Hogan helped his team join that list with a win in the 3,200, leading most of the way and beating the field by over 12 seconds.
"All I needed was a little surge and I was out in front," saiHogan. "I was pushing myself and running against the clock."
Among the girls, a pair of teams from Howard County, Gleneland Hammond, found themselves tied for second place, just four points behind leader Middletown. Towson is fourth and Edgewood is seventh.
The Gladiators struck gold in the 3,200 relay, where the foursome of Alicia Adams, Cheryl Seymour, Margerite Rupsis and Kelly Pelovitz ran their best time ever, winning the race in 9:52.00.
Hammond was led by Samantha Anderson, who won the 3,200 in 11:38.64, and the 800 relay team which won in 1:46.14.
The competition concludes today.