Pikesville never has been a track power, but junior Maury Sall helped the Panthers win their first state title this winter.
Sall won the 500 and 800, and he finished second in the 300 to help coach Adam Hittner's Panthers edge Boonsboro, 110-103, for the Class 1A state championship at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex last month. Sall anchored Pikesville's 1,600 relay team that won the meet's final event and clinched the team title.
"I think it really shows everyone what we can do," Sall said at the meet. "In the beginning of the year, I don't think people thought we could win it. But we started believing."
Sall only lost twice all winter, including the second-place finish in the 300 at the state meet. He posted the second-best time in the country in the 500 (1:04.13) during a December meet and then dominated all of his events in the Baltimore County and Central regional meets.
Sall won the 300 and 500 and ran on the first-place 1,600 relay at the county meet before winning the 300, 500 and 800 at the regional meet as Pikesville beat Western Tech by 106.5 points in a performance that Hittner said gave his team confidence for the state meet.