Catonsville was so heavily favored to win the girls team title at yesterday's Class 1A-2A North regional championships that meet coordinator Brad Lear joked that he had already given the plaque to Comets coach Jeff McDaniels earlier in the week.
Catonsville finished first in eight of the 12 events, took second in four of them and racked up 120 team points. The battle for second place on the girls side was more of a battle with Towson edging Hereford, 99-89.
Who was going to leave the Fifth Regiment Armory with the boys' top prize was in doubt until the 800 run, but a first-place finish by Towson's Brian Knudsen helped the Generals stave off upstart Milford Mill, 88-74 1/2 .
"We knew we had a shot at winning today but Milford Mill has a lot of star people," said Towson coach Gil Stange.
"With Glenelg and Oakland Mills now competing in the South region, this was the first time in a few years that we could talk about coming in here and scoring enough points to maybe be in the running for the title."
In addition to his first-place finish in the half mile, Knudsen also won the boys 500 and ran the anchor leg of the Generals' region champion 3,200 relay.
"Our goal from the beginning of the season was to win this meet," said Knudsen.
Catonsville junior Renee Tirocchi held off Hereford freshmen Jamie Stiener and Christine Lambros to win the girls 500 and edged Mindy Bathurst of Towson in the 300. Bathurst held on to win the 55 -- and teammate Meghan Holland outlasted Catonsville's Tia Douglas in the 55 hurdles. Douglas won the girls shot put.
Eden Rellihan helped the Comets' cause by winning the 800 and 1600 and teammate Brigid O'Connell did her part by winning the 3,200 and finishing as runner-up in the mile.