The Western Tech boys and No. 4 Hereford girls stuck to their plans and came away with championships at last night's Baltimore County track and field championships at the 5th Regiment Armory.
Hereford became just the second team in county history to win a girls title three seasons in a row; Dulaney is the other. The Bulls had been pointing toward this all season and reached their goal by scoring 89 points, beating a stubborn Loch Raven team by 17.
Jenna Cimino led Hereford by winning the 800 meters (2 minutes, 29.50 seconds) and the 1,600 (5:28.30). She also ran with Emily Vandewater, Rachel Abbott and Amelia Tenberg on the victorious 3,200 relay team (10:21.60).
"We were definitely shooting for this," Cimino said. "It means a lot."
Sarah Koehn got Hereford's other first-place finish (shot put, 35 feet, 9.25 inches). The Bulls got a number of other good efforts to score points, taking top-three spots in eight of the 13 events.
Western Tech is trying to repeat what it did last spring in outdoor track and field: Win the county, region and state championships. The Wolverines took the first step in this meet, despite winning only two events and needing a strong second-place finish in the final event (the 1,600 relay) to post 57 points and edge Dulaney (51). This was the first indoor team title in school history.
Lance Wilkes was the lone individual winner (300, 38.10). But he also ran with Calvin Wheeler, Jamal Francis and Anthony Kiser on the victorious 800 relay team that set a meet record (1:37.30).
It was a showdown, or so both teams thought coming into last night's match between No. 3 Old Mill and No. 15 Severna Park.
Both teams were ranked in the Top 15 and were undefeated in Anne Arundel County. But the intense showdown never happened. With Old Mill's wrestlers winning with pins in six of their first seven matches, there was never any tension in the air and the Patriots won, 70-6.
Old Mill had 10 pins, one major decision and a hard-earned decision by sophomore Caleb Marshall to roll up its massive total. Severna Park's only points came in the 103-pound class, when Brad Nelson was handed a forfeit.
"Coach had been talking all week about how Severna Park would be the toughest competition we'd see in the county all season," said Marshall, a sophomore who was wrestling in only his fifth varsity match and beat Eric DiBlasi, 4-2.
Old Mill coach Dan Youngblood said he didn't expect the large margin of victory but noted it is not unusual for his wrestlers to go for pins.
"We've had a lot of pins this season," said Youngblood, whose team is 7-0 in the county and 16-1 overall. "But they had some injuries, we wrestled well and we had kids come up big."
The Falcons fell to 8-1 in the county and 8-2 overall.