Any celebrating Arundel might have done for winning the Class 4A East boys title at North County was muted by the disqualification of one of its top athletes.
County high jump champion Brian Devaul was disqualified from that event for unsportsmanlike conduct, which also eliminates him from that event at the state meet.
Despite that, Arundel edged county rival Old Mill, 93-92, to win the 4A East regional. Westminster finished third in the boys meet (80), followed by C. Milton Wright and Broadneck.
In the girls meet, Westminster easily defended its regional title with 124 points. Broadneck (89) and C. Milton Wright (85) were next.
The Arundel boys built a large lead with strong showings in the hurdles and jumps, but then lost 10 points when Devaul, who had won the high jump at 6-4, was disqualified. Arundel coach Ira Queen wouldn't get specific about the infraction except to say, "When you do something wrong, you've got to pay the price."
Devaul, who cleared 6-9 earlier this year, had been a favorite for a state title. He finished second in the triple jump yesterday, and it was unclear last night whether he would also be disqualified in that event.
Arundel got good news in the hurdles, though, as Bryan Jones led a 1-2-3 Wildcats showing.
Class 1A North
Juniors Adam Grossman and Jon Jandorf helped make Pikesville's hour-long trek to Elkton High School worthwhile, combining to give the Panthers four wins en route to a fourth-place finish.
Grossman won the 100, 200 and ran the anchor leg of the winning 400-relay team, while Jandorf scored a win in the 1600 (4:43.44) before taking second in the 3200 (10:46.78).
Elkton won the boys meet, while Rising Sun was tops among girls.
Chesapeake-BC had two double winners, with Quacey Jacobs taking the boys' 110 and 300 hurdles, and Shanelle Jackson taking the girls' 100 and 200.
Other local winners included Hickey's James Jackson (shot put) and Forest Park's Arthur Minor (long jump).
- Rich Scherr
Class 3A West
To Liberty coach Nicole Savage, the surprise wasn't that Laura Wilson had won the 400 at last year's Class 3A West regional championship. It was that the junior had done it again.
Wilson withstood a challenge from rival and Thomas Johnson senior Jennifer Spivey to claim the 400 at the regional meet at Walter Johnson, where the top four finishers and subsequent qualifying times move onto the state meet next week.
"I love competition because it makes you better," said Wilson, who was second at states before losing to Spivey in their first meeting of the season at Liberty.
The North Carroll, South Carroll, and Liberty girls squads finished sixth, seventh, and ninth, respectively, behind Walter Johnson.
South Carroll's Stephanie Dickerson qualified for three events by placing third in the 100, second in the 200, and running a leg of the 800-relay squad that was fourth.
- Ed Lee