The Annapolis boys indoor track and field team is one step closer to repeating its run to the state title after a convincing 46-point victory yesterday in the Class 3A-2A East regionals at the 5th Regiment Armory.
The Panthers completed the second leg in their championship run with only one first-place finish out of 13 events, but they complied 93 points. Annapolis defended its Anne Arundel county title on Jan. 31.
Northern from Calvert County was second with 47 points followed by McDonough from Charles County, which took third with 35 1/2 points.
Annapolis will send 10 runners to the state championships Monday at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover. The top four finishers in each event advance to the state championships.
"We are shooting for a repeat," said Annapolis' first-year coach, Charles Gross. "States is going to be a real chore for our guys. But if everything goes according to plan, we should win."
Senior Cardray Moulden paced the Panthers. He finished third in both the pole vault (10 feet, 6 inches) and the 500 meters (1 minute, 11.20 seconds).
Moulden was also part of the 3,200 relay and 1,600 relay teams that finished third.
Sophomore William Eden was another multi-event winner for the Panthers as he took second place in both the 1,600 (4:37.70) and 3,200 (10:00.30).
Senior Demario Harris had the only victory for Annapolis in the high jump. He cleared 5-10.
In the girls race, Frederick Douglass of Prince George's County earned 70 team points to edge McDonough by 19 for the regional title.
Frederick Douglass took five first-place finishes out of 12 scoring events. McDonough matched the Eagles with five first-place finishes.
Sophomore Sarah Fullerton paced McDonough as she won the 3,200 (12:15.90) and the 1,600 (5:35.00). races.
Northeast, the defending regional champion, had a disappointing day as it finished tied for 11th place with eight points.
"Sometimes the chips don't fall right," Northeast coach Josh Alcombright said. "The competition was stronger than I expected. I am disappointed for the girls."
The Annapolis girls team came in seventh place with 30 points. Senior Kalynn Offer came in second in the pole vault as she cleared 9-6. Offer also got a third-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 5-0.