In what has become almost a rite of spring, the Woodlawn boys track and field team dominated the Baltimore County track championships at Hereford High in Parkton yesterday, winning its ninth consecutive championship.
Not to be outdone, the Dulaney girls program rebounded from last year's loss to Milford Mill to capture its seventh crown in the past eight seasons.
The Warriors used their extensive depth, compiling 144 points.
"It never gets old," senior Ronald Bias said. "Nobody likes to lose."
Bias played a major role in Woodlawn's win as he won the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches), the long jump (22-1) and the triple jump (45-10) and took second in the 110 high hurdles.
Senior Sam Henry chipped in with victories in the 800 (2 minutes, 0.65 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:32.43), while senior Justin Cheeks and senior Kheon Hendricks picked up wins in the 400 (51.85) and the shot put (44-9 3/4 ).
Pikesville, which placed second with 70 points, was paced by victories from senior Ben Sager in the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.66), senior Henry Magram in the discus (136-1) and its 800-relay squad of juniors Earl Cruz and Akil Kellar, sophomore Josh Mallory and freshman Darryl Bell (1:34.87).
Western Tech finished third with 51 points courtesy of its winning 400-relay team of seniors Eric Astrop, Orlando Freeman and Dwight Tillman and junior Marcus Richardson. The winning time was 44.75.
Other county champions included Towson senior Mike Guy in the 100 (11.24) and 200 (22.62); Catonsville senior Eric Graves in the 3,200 (9:50.12); Eastern Tech junior James Saunders in the 110 high hurdles (15.02); Perry Hall junior Joe Dillard in the pole vault (11-0); Loch Raven's 1,600 relay team of senior Desmond Powell, juniors Anthony Arminger and Ryan Miles and sophomore Duran Porchia (3:37.06), and Dulaney's 3,200 relay team of seniors Jason Jura and Chris May and juniors Patrick Duffy and Peter Spencer (8:20.16).
On the girls side, Dulaney scored 82 points and wrested the title from Milford Mill.
"We has a lot of pressure on us because we've won before, but it's exciting to win and be a part of that [tradition]," said Lions senior Andrea Becker.
Becker led the way with a victory in the triple jump (31-8), a second in the 100 high hurdles and thirds in the 300 intermediate hurdles and 400 relay.
Dulaney also got a first-place finish from senior Kristen Marshall in the pole vault (9-0).
Franklin senior Brittany Kiessling won the 300 hurdles (49.11) and joined junior Andrea Hallock and sophomores Michelle Donadio and Candice Holden to take the 1,600 relay (4:22.60) as the Indians placed second overall with 67 points.
Western Tech, which finished third with 56.75 points, was led by senior Tamia Chancey, who won the long jump (15-8), teamed with junior Jessica Fields and sophomores Dominque Moore and Jamila Torrain to claim the 400 relay (52.07), and joined Fields, Moore and freshman Brittany Richmond to take the 800 relay (1:49.94).
Another three-time winner was Towson sophomore Lauren Capone. She won the 1,600 (5:16) and the 3,200 (11:17.41) and teamed with senior Claire Pringle, junior Allison Cutting and freshman Hannah Mayhew to claim the 3,200 relay (10:09.32).
Other county champions included Eastern Tech freshman Ashley Auffarth in the 100 (13.09); Perry Hall senior LaToya Brown in the 200 (27.76); Woodlawn senior Leslie Conley in the 400 (1:00.61) and the 800 (2:23.76); Milford Mill sophomore Ariana Forbes in the 100 high hurdles (16.08); Kenwood senior Queen Nzenwa in the high jump (4-10) and discus (97-2), and Parkville senior Nneka Madu in the shot put (35-2 3/4 ).