Two down, one to go for the Mervo boys and Western girls indoor track and field teams.
In what has seemingly become routine, the Baltimore City champions rolled through a group of challengers from the city and Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Harford counties in the Class 4A-3A Central region championships at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore last night.
The No. 2 Mustangs won seven of 12 events to rack up 112 points and win their sixth regional crown in eight seasons. On the girls side, the No. 2 Doves also topped seven events on the way to gaining their third regional title in four years with 127 points.
Mervo and Western are now just one step from completing a season-long quest to capture state championships at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover next Tuesday.
"We want to win states," said Mustangs senior Ronald Wright, who noted the test of defeating the powerhouses from Prince George's County. "They bring out the best in us. I can't wait to run."
Wright contributed 20 points as he won the 55 in 6.5 seconds and teamed with seniors Anthony Green, Damon Watson and cousin Frankie Wright to claim the 800 relay in 1 minute, 35.3 seconds.
Frankie Wright won the 300 in 36.6 seconds and the 500 in 1:08.8, and he joined senior Craig Tate, sophomore Orlando Brown and Green to take the 1,600 relay in 3:38.5.
The 3,200-relay squad of seniors Quinton Holliday and Craig Tate, junior Brandon Lynch and sophomore Julius Coleman grabbed the race in 8:39.3, and Mervo swept the 800 as Lynch (2:04.4), Holliday (2:05.7) and Coleman (2:06.3) went 1-2-3.
North County placed second with 44 points despite not fielding a single individual or relay winner. It was the same story with No. 7 Old Mill, which finished third with 40 points.
C. Milton Wright senior Jesse Slowikowski claimed the 1,600 in 4:33.2 and the 3,200 in 10:13.0.
Other winners included Meade senior Eugene Perry in the 55 hurdles (8.0 seconds), Walbrook senior Davon Singleton in the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches), Chesapeake-AA senior Steve Schanken in the shot put (44 feet, 5 1/2 inches), and South River senior Martin Dougherty in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches).
On the girls side, Western suffered a setback when its 3,200-relay team of seniors Midchild Carter, Latosha Wallace and Alicia Williams and junior Monica Halford was disqualified for a false start.
But the loss of one of the favorites to win the 3,200 relay at the state meet didn't prevent the Doves from routing runner-up C. Milton Wright, which finished 76 points behind with 51.
"It's not routine," said Western senior Ashley West-Nesbitt. "Every race we take seriously. We want to run faster times and break records."
The Doves swept the top three spots in the 55 hurdles as West-Nesbitt (8.5 seconds), freshman Theresa Lewis (8.5) and senior Angel Thompson (8.7) went 1-2-3.
They duplicated that feat in the 55 with West-Nesbitt (7.2 seconds), freshman Shalayah Sommerville (7.3) and Lewis (7.3).
West-Nesbitt added 10 points when she teamed with Thompson, Lewis and Sommerville to take the 800 relay in 1:48.8.
Seniors Latosha Wallace (1:17.2) and Alicia Williams (1:19.7) went 1-2 in the 500 and then 1-2 in the 800 as Wallace was timed in 2:20.2 and Williams in 2:20.5.
Sommerville brought home a gold in the 300 in 42.6 seconds and then teamed with Carter, Wallace and Williams to win the 1,600 relay in 4:10.3.
C. Milton Wright collected two wins. Sophomore Samantha Beltz cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to win the high jump and the 3,200-relay squad of seniors Morgan Little and Megan Watkins, sophomore Kelli Buck and freshman Megan Ravenscraft crossed the finish line in 10:43.6.
No. 5 Broadneck was third with 49.5 points courtesy of a win from junior Lauren Centrowitz in the 1,600 (5:11.5).