The No. 2 Poly boys and No. 5 Western girls eliminated much of the suspense from yesterday's Freddie Hendricks Track Festival at Mervo.
Both teams used their depth to find a lot of points from a lot of places. Poly finished with 87 points to beat out Glasgow (Delaware) by 14. No. 3 Western Tech took third with 68. The Western girls pulled away to win with 86 points, with No. 7 Meade (60) placing second and Aberdeen (54) third.
Poly did exactly what coach Steve Williams wanted, getting points from a variety of sources.
"My vision for the team is actually to be very strong all around, and not just in the relay areas," Williams said. "We want to be stronger in the individual events."
The Engineers found success in the relays again, winning the 800 meters and capturing second in the 1,600. But they also fared well in the individual events, with Lee Reynolds taking the 100 and Lemuel Pridgen the 400.
Chris Farrar took second in the 110 hurdles, and teammate Kenneth Andoll finished third. Michael Houston got second in the long jump, and Ami Lawson finished second in the shot put. Farrar was also third in the triple jump.
The Western girls scored heavily in the relays, getting 34 of their points in those events. The Doves won the 400 and 3,200, finished second in the 1,600 and placed third in the 800.
Destane' Stokes was the only Dove to win an individual event, taking the 100. Freshman Brinae Robinson continued her outstanding spring season by finishing second in the 800 and third in the 1,500.
The Western Tech boys continued their strong outdoor season. Coach Shedrick Elliott didn't even run his 800 and 1,600 relays, which likely would have pushed the Wolverines into second place.
Jermol Dix led the way with victories in the 110 and 400 hurdles. Chris Mills captured the 1,500, and Patrick Gilreath took the shot put and finished third in the discus.
"I just wanted to focus on individual events today," Elliott said. "We're progressing meet by meet."
Meade coach Nigel Holder had the same theory for his girls. He wasn't even keeping track of the score, just the performances. Anna Grimes and Jasmine Martin were first and second, respectively, in the 3,000.
"It's so early in the season," Holder said. "I just want to see how the girls respond to good competition."