LANDOVER - The No. 8 Western Tech boys kept it simple last night.
They won the school's first state indoor track and field championship by relying on strong performances in the sprints and relays. Lance Wilkes won the 300 meters and helped the Wolverines take two relays late to pull out the Class 1A title at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Wilkes took the 300 (37.04 seconds) and then ran on the victorious 800 (1 minute, 33.37 seconds) and 1,600 (3:31.34) relays that helped Western Tech, which captured the outdoor championship last spring, finish with 69 points and beat Glenelg (56).
"Everyone stepped up and got the job done," Western Tech coach Shedrick Elliott said. "They were just trying to make sure they could do a little better than last year when ... we were second."
But three other local schools suffered tough losses. The sixth-ranked Poly boys, trying to repeat as Class 2A state champions, led for much of the event before North Point rallied to beat them, 50-41.
Poly got victories from Michael Houston (500 meters, 1:06.87) and Kenneth Andoll (55 hurdles, 7.78) but couldn't answer North Point's late charge.
The No. 2 River Hill girls came up short to Middletown, falling, 68-60, in Class 2A. Katie Harman (11:21.06) and Anna Demaree (11:52.49) finished first and second, respectively, in the 3,200 to give the Hawks 18 points and put them up by 16 late, but it wasn't enough.
Harman rebounded from finishing third in the 1,600, her first loss in any race this season, and having to battle the flu. Dorehn Coleman also helped the Hawks by winning the 300 (41.60).
"I tell my girls that success is either doing better than your seeds or doing a personal record, and today almost the entire team had success," River Hill coach Earl Lauer said. "I can't ask for anything more."
The No. 6 Digital Harbor girls rallied late but came up short as Williamsport hung on for a 78.5-73 victory in Class 1A. Chelsea Walker won the 55 (7.33) and the 300 (41.61), and the Rams also won the 800 (1:48.94) and 1,600 relays (4:14.33).