Francis Scott Key track and field coach Tom Hill may have been talking about football, but the message was clear.
"Nobody has dropped the ball," said Hill. "It's the definition of a champion."
Francis Scott Key's boys used a strong effort from several
runners, especially Scott Kreit, to win their third state Class 1A title in the last four years yesterday at Western Maryland College.
The Eagles, who finished third last year, ended up with 78 points to defeat MVAL rival Boonsboro (65). The Key girls finished a strong third, with 62 points, nine behind Boonsboro. Smithsburg won with 93 points.
Francis Scott Key's boys scored in 10 events, and wrapped it up when David Bull took second in the triple jump late in the meet.
The Eagles then sealed the victory in style by winning the 1,600-meter relay.
"At the beginning of the season, we didn't think we would come close to winning the states," said Kreit. "We all just worked
Kreit won the 400 -- in 50.62 seconds and anchored the 400 (fourth), 1,600 (first) and 3,200 relays (fourth).
For the Key girls, Ali Jones won the 400 and 800 and anchored the fourth-place 1,600 relay.
Carrie Ryer capped a strong meet by anchoring the two winning relays and finishing fifth in the 100 (13.43). Stacey Greene also ran on both relays and took third in the 100 hurdles (16.16) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (49.8).
Laurie Ryer and Chrissy Naurot also helped out. Ryer ran good opening legs on the winning relays and the 1,600 relay. Naurot ran on the victorious relays to close out her high school career.
"Nobody has had a bad state meet," said Hill. "Nobody has had an event where they haven't done what's expected or more."
The other Carroll County teams also scored some points. Westminster had the highest finish, finishing a close seventh among Class 4A girls (21.25). The Owls boys were eighth (22.50).
Kenya Warfield was the lone Owl to win yesterday, taking the high jump with a leap of 5 feet 6. She also finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.69). Steve Kahler took second (4:27.45) in the 1,600.
The South Carroll girls finished 10th in the Class 3A competition with 20 points.