The No. 4 Western Tech boys and the No. 9 River Hill girls were the local teams in first place after the opening day of competition at the state track and field championships yesterday at Morgan State.
Chris Mills led the way for Western Tech in Class 1A with a victory in the 3,200 (9 minutes, 43.69 seconds). Patrick Gilreath finished second in the shot put, and Jermol Dix finished second in the long jump. The Wolverines also took second in the 800 relay and finished with 36 points. Class 3A and 4A schools go today, and all four classes finish tomorrow.
Digital Harbor (21 points), Pikesville (19) and Williamsport (19) are within striking distance. Two relay victories, in the 800 (1:30.50) and the 3,200 (8:27.40), put the Rams in second.
"We're in good shape for [tomorrow]," Digital Harbor coach Lutalo Bakari said. "We made short-term sacrifices for long-term goals, and our long-term goal is the state championship."
Pikesville continued its strong postseason work with third-place finishes from Trey Bryant (high jump and long jump) and James Allen (shot put).
The River Hill girls used strong distance running to lead the way in Class 2A. The Hawks finished second in the 3,200 relay. Later, Katie Harman took second in the 3,200, edging teammate Anna Demaree. The Hawks had 23 points.
Century's Maura Linde won the 3,200 race in 10:57.51, pulling away in the final three laps.
Pikesville was second in the Class 1A girls with 20 points.