To Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton, the state track and field championships mean showing off a year's worth of hard work.
Maybe even gaining a little recognition in the process.
But after the way his Scorpions showed off in yesterday's final day of the meet at Western Maryland College, the Scorpions could be in for more recognition than the coach bargained for.
The Oakland Mills boys posted victories in four events and top-four finishes in six others on their way to the most dominating win for a team in any class. The Scorpions won the Class 2A title with 111 points, besting second-place Middletown by 55 points.
None of the other seven team champions ever scored more than 96 1/2 points or won by more than 22 points.
Things were a little closer in the girls 2A competition as Glenelg put an end to Central's two-year hold on the Class 2A title, defeating Surrattsville by one point.
Glenelg posted wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays en route to scoring 57 points to edge the Prince George's County power. Hammond, with 52 points, was third.
"The kids have worked very hard for this," said Singleton. "Everything just pulled together. We didn't come here just to participate -- we came here to win."
Damon Ferguson (400), Xavier Brisco (800) and members of the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams helped grant their coach's wish with wins, and distance runner Greg Curtis, Wade McHargue (shot and discus), sprinter Clayton Queen, hurdler Kyle Walker and pole vaulter Joss Paddock also contributed, helping the Scorpions score in 12 of the 18 events.
It all added up to a big improvement from last year's sixth-place finish.
The Scorpions also won the cross country and indoor championships earlier this school year.
Other boys champions were Quince Orchard in Class 4A, Linganore in 3A and Francis Scott Key in 1A.
For Glenelg coach Bill Godwin, coaching his first state champions, the win came as a pleasant surprise.
fTC "We scored basically in every event we thought we would, but we scored more," said Godwin, whose team finished second to Hammond at the recent county meet. "I don't think it's set in
Kelly Pelovitz led the way for the Gladiators, winning the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 19.50 seconds, taking second in the 800 and anchoring the winning 3,200 relay team.
Pelovitz also ran the anchor leg in the 1,600 relay, as she and her teammates took second in a school-record 4:10.3.
Hammond was led by junior Kisha Jett, who successfully defended her state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 and anchored the winning 800-relay team.