Harold Ray spent the minutes after the 55-meter hurdles consoling his daughter, Deborah.
The Franklin hurdler kept walking around the track saying she lost. Her father kept saying she won.
Father knew best.
Ray edged three other runners to take the state title and was the only local athlete to win an individual title at the Class 3A state championship meet yesterday at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
DuVal of Prince George's County won its second straight boys crown with 47 points. Dundalk, in 12th place with 14 points, was the top boys Baltimore County team.
Linganore of Frederick County rolled to the state title on the girls side with 86 points. Randallstown (22) and Franklin (20), finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, were the highest Baltimore County finishers among the girls.
Ray gave the Indians 10 of their points with her narrow victory. She out-leaned three other runners for the championship in 9.0 seconds.
"I thought I took second," said Ray. "I knew I had the speed, but I didn't think I had the form."
Ray had pointed toward the state meet all season after her third-place finish in the states last winter. The sophomore finished third in the county meet, and then won at the regional competition.
In her first race yesterday, she won her heat. And when the finals came, she was ready.
"It feels like I accomplished something," said Ray.
Paulette Shields and Roshanda Duncan helped Randallstown to sixth place. Shields took second place (7.6) in the 55-meter finals and anchored the 800 relay team that finished seventh. All of this came despite being hampered by hamstring troubles.
"I'm proud of the fact that she got second," said Randallstown coach Joe Bosley III. "She's been the anchor on our 1,600-meter relay and the lead on the 800 relay, and I think she had an outstanding season."
Duncan added a third-place finish (45.3) in the 300 and was fourth (1:27.6) in the 500.
The 500 was tough for Duncan, as she missed third place and a medal by one-tenth of a second.
The best times of the day came from Sally Glynn of Walter Johnson in Montgomery County. The 15-year-old, who holds the nation's fastest time in the mile (4:50.47), set state records in the 800 (2:20.4), 1,600 (5:12.5) and 3,200 (11:23.9).
Leeza Curnoles of Parkville got a good look at Glynn's efforts, racing with her in the 1,600 and 3,200. The Parkville runner took third in the longer race in 12:21.5 and seventh in the 1,600.
Dave Keller of Parkville and Del Haynes of Franklin had good days. Keller took second in the shot put with a toss of 45-5 1/2 , and Haynes followed right behind at 44 feet.