Last year, Meade's boys won their second straight state 4A indoor track championship without winning a single event.
Last night, the Mustangs won two. Included was the 1-2 finish they needed in the pole vault, but it was not enough to three-peat in a meet dominated by Eleanor Roosevelt High School at Fifth Regiment Armory.
Meade entered the final event leading by a half-point, but finished fourth behind winning Roosevelt in the 1,600-meter relay. That was enough to lift the Raiders over the Mustangs, 56-50.5, for the team title.
Roosevelt also defended its girls championship successfully, defeating Meade, 67-44, for second-year coach Diane Gentile -- an Old Mill graduate (1984) who who promptly announced her retirement.
"Is this a dynasty? We're working on it. This is a great way to go out," said Gentile, who will begin graduate studies at Maryland TC after the spring season. "We knew it was going to be difficult, but the kids came through like champions."
First among those was junior team captain Ebony Robinson, who won the girls 55- and 300-meter --es and ran on the victorious 800- and 1,600-meter relays. Freshman sensation Beverly Chinn also was a major factor in the relays.