The Glenelg boys indoor track and field team had endured a decade without a regional crown. So what was another six days?
Wrapping up a meet that began last Thursday, but was postponed due to the weather, the No. 6 Gladiators' patience was rewarded last night when they scored 97 points and captured the Class 2A-1A East region championship at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore.
Glenelg's No. 7 girls squad completed the sweep by accumulating 102 points to win its third straight regional title and sixth in the past eight seasons.
The boys team - which had finished second at the regional level for the past three seasons - relied on winning efforts from senior Drew Graybeal in the 500 (1 minute, 10.8 seconds) and the 800 (2:11.7), junior Garret Maxson in the 3,200 (10:45.5), and junior Tim Burt in the pole vault (11 feet).
"It's a real change of pace for us," Graybeal said of the team's success, which includes a Howard County title this winter. "We've worked hard and it's nice to get something back."
Oakland Mills (second place with 88 points) tried to keep pace with their sprint and relay crews. Senior Tony Cole was victorious in the 55 (6.6 seconds) and the 300 (37.50 seconds). He teamed with senior Karlton McCullough and juniors Drew Wicker and Michael Sweatt to win the 800 relay (1:39.8) and joined McCullough, Sweatt and junior Nathan Michel to claim the 1,600 relay (3:50.3).
McCullough teamed with senior Craig Lebro and juniors Peter Linton and Milhan Stephens to take the 3,200 relay (9:10.41).
It was business as usual on the girls side, in which Glenelg, also the Howard County titlist, collected wins from junior Katie Pencek in the 500 (1:22.47) and 800 (2:35.7) and junior Jessica Hibbert in the 3,200 (12:30.9).
Reservoir (second with 69 points) picked up victories from sophomore Lindsay Rau in the pole vault (6 feet, 6 inches) and from its 800-relay squad of juniors Melissa Gardner and Jocelyn Sprague, sophomore Amanda Rogers and freshman Lakesha Manning (1:56.9).