More than 300 athletes from seven of the state's top track and field programs christened North County's recently completed facilities during yesterday's fourth annual Knights Invite.
The meet, which was conducted at Meade High School its first three years while North County was under construction, saw records shattered in spite of a strong wind that hindered runners coming down the final stretch.
Seniors Dave Russell of Perry Hall and Tamiko Mack of North County were selected as the meet's Most Outstanding Male and Female Performers.
Russell, the indoor state champion in the pole vault, set a meet record by clearing the bar at 14 feet.
Mack won two events and set a meet standard in the girls 400 when she crossed the finish line in 58.3 seconds -- a 1.1-second improvement of the former record set by Jen Porter of Old Mill in 1993.
Mack won the 800 in 2:28.4 and was second to Alisha McClinton of Perry Hall in the 100 dash.
McClinton emerged as a triple-champion by winning the girls long jump with a leap of 16-5 1/2 and the 200 dash in 27.4.
Woodlawn's Anthony Reid showed he was one of the area's premier long sprinters by holding off Topper Ellis of North County and shattering a meet record in the boys 400 dash. Ellis later got his gold medal by nipping Woodlawn's Tyrone Capers in the 200 dash.
"Anthony just picked up where he left off indoors," said Woodlawn coach Gerald Russell. "I was proud of the way all my guys ran today, they stepped up and met the challenge."
Eric Bind of McDonogh held off Old Mill's Chris Long to win the boys 1600 and teammates Anders Fridstedt, Garth Terry, Brendan Flynn and Jake Lee joined forces and won the boys 3200 relay. Terry picked up his second gold medal by winning the boys 3200 run and Flynn added a silver to his collection by finishing second.
"We tried to bring the best six or seven teams together and have a good early-season meet and that's what we did," said North County coach Ed Harte.
"I'm really excited about the way things turned out and we heard some good things from the other coaches about our facilities here. They all know now that this place can host a big-time meet."