The Fallston girls 1,600-meter relay team won the event in a memorable finish that capped a memorable state track and field championship.
Fallston relied on Laura Snyder and some strong running from its relay teams to finish fourth in Class 1A competition with 55 points at the state championship meet yesterday at Western Maryland College.
Smithsburg won the title with 93 points.
Snyder, who won the 300 hurdles Track and Field
in 48.0 seconds, anchored the 1,600 relay and won the race for the Cougars with a wild final lap. She was about 10 yards out of the lead when she got the baton.
Snyder started to make her move on the backstretch, passing the Catoctin runner at the halfway mark. The Catoctin runner then passed her with 100 meters left and stretched the lead to 10 yards before Snyder (fifth in the 400) edged her at the finish line with a furious sprint.
"I wanted it so bad," said Snyder, who ran on the 1,600 relay that also won last year. "[Coach] Trott's been so great this year, I wanted to do it for him."
The Fallston coach, Garry Trott, possessed plenty of confidence in Snyder, saying "she's a competitor."
The Cougars also won the 3,200 relay and got strong efforts from Monica Beall (1,600 and 3,200 relays), who took fourth in the 1,600. Pam Toth pitched in during the winning relays and a second-place finish in the 800. Candy Credito also worked on the relays and took fourth in the 800.
The Fallston boys finished 13th with 16 points, as Francis Scott Key won its third title in four years with 78 points. Ben Hall took two thirds for the Cougars, in the 800 and 1,600.
Edgewood also did well, tying for eighth in the Class 2A boys with 22 points; Oakland Mills won with 111 points. The Rams' girls were 10th with 21 points, and Glenelg won the title, nipping Surrattsville, 57-56.
Felipe Small finished second for the Rams in the 300 hurdles, and Robert Spencer ended up fourth in the long jump. For the girls, the team won the 400 relay and Erika Pleasant took fourth in the triple jump.
C. Milton Wright finished 11th in the Class 3A boys in another strong Harford County performance. The Mustangs had 25 points, while winner Linganore compiled 52.
The Mustangs took second in the 3,200 relay in 8:14.02. Ron Paden finished third in the shot put, and Brian Harris fourth in the 3,200.