The South River track team never has been considered a county power, always having to look up to more traditionally prominent programs at the larger schools.
These days, however, the Seahawks are working hard to make a name for themselves, and yesterday at the Class 1A-2A Central Region Indoor Track Championships at the 5th Regiment Armory, they went a long way in doing just that.
South River took fourth in the boys meet and fifth in the girls meet, beating out a number of strong teams from Baltimore and Howard counties in the process.
"I'm very pleased," said Seahawks coach Keith Bigelow. "We really couldn't have scored that many more points than we did. Everyone rose to the occasion and put fourth a 110 percent effort."
Atholton won the boys meet with 122 points, followed by defending state champion Oakland Mills (79), Glenelg (57) and South River (36). In the girls meet, Catonsville claimed the championship with 109, followed by Hammond (54), Glenelg (50), Wilde Lake (49.5) and the Seahawks (35).
For Bigelow, the strong performances helped make a statement.
"It helps us to make a name for ourselves at our level," he said. "I've been pleased all year with our performances, but it's hard to compare them to a lot of the bigger schools."
Among the top performances for South River were Adrian Newman's win in the shot put, Jason Berger's win in the pole vault, and -- on the girls side -- wins by high jumper Jen Smith and the 3200 relay team.
Other top finishers included Jack Longley (third in the boys 3200), Sarah Wood (fourth in the girls high jump), David Ward (fifth in the boys high jump) and Johnny Jones (fifth in the 55 --).
All qualified for the Class 1A-2A State Championships to be held at the Armory on Feb. 20.