HAGERSTOWN -- The Mount Hebron girls indoor track and field team returned to a familiar place.
Only two years removed from their first regional title, the Vikings regained their status as a program to watch by accumulating 73 points and capturing the Class 3A-2A West regional championships last night at Hagerstown Community College.
Middletown scored 90 points to win the boys crown. Mount Hebron was the area's best finisher as the Vikings placed third with 41 points.
Mount Hebron's girls performance was somewhat startling, considering that the Vikings finished third at the Howard County championships last month behind champion Glenelg and runner-up River Hill.
"We thought we were going to be bad this year, but we pulled it off," senior Darya Fakory said. "I think everyone's mind-set was great today. We were real focused to conquer our goals, and it worked out."
Mount Hebron coach Mark Reedy said his team may have slipped under the radar.
"We never did anything all year to warrant any consideration," he said. "So I think it would be fair to overlook us. ... I hope they continue to overlook us."
Fakory and junior Lauren McClenney paced the Vikings to victory with a pair of first-place outings.
Fakory won the 800 in 2 minutes, 28.1 seconds and teamed with freshmen Sarah Gormley, Bria Eulitt and Sarah Denapoli to claim the 3,200 relay in 10:33.7.
McClenney, who took the 300 in 43.1 seconds and the 500 in 1:20.7, said last night's victory should give Mount Hebron confidence as the team looks forward to the state meet next week.
"I think we're up there," she said. "We can scare some schools."
The Vikings, who scored 44 points in the 300, 500 and 800, also earned a first-place showing from junior Colleen Conley in the 55 hurdles (8.6 seconds).
River Hill placed third with 43 points despite going home without winning an event.
North Carroll had 27 points and sixth place courtesy of senior Catlin Hilbert's victory in the high jump (5 feet).
The area boys were nearly shut out of first-place ribbons last night with two exceptions.
Mount Hebron junior Jordan Hoolachan scored a victory in the 800 by placing first in 2:03.2.
And North Carroll junior Tim Wunderlich took home similar honors by winning the shot put with a toss of 45-8 1/4 .
Wunderlich, a decathlete during the summer, qualified for the shot put, the 55 hurdles, the high jump and the pole vault at the state meet.
"My goal was to make it in all four events, and I did it," said Wunderlich, who was second in the pole vault (11-8), third in the 55 hurdles (8.2 seconds) and tied for third in the high jump (5-11). "With the competition that was here today, I'm really satisfied with my performance."
Wunderlich's effort helped the Panthers place fifth with 29 points. Wilde Lake was sixth with 28 points, and Centennial and River Hill tied for seventh with 26.