Hammond High won both the boys and the girls titles at the Class 2A,Region II track championships Thursday night.
The boys team won 10 of 18 events, finished first, second and third in three events and scored a commanding total of 216 points. Runner-up Loch Raven scored 136. Towson was third with 69, Mount Hebron was fourth with 48, and Wilde Lake was fifth with 44.
The girls team was equally as dominant, winning 12 of 17 events, finishing first and second in four events and racking up an amazing 193 points. Runner-up Mount Hebron had 139 and third-place Loch Raven scored 102. Wilde Lake finished fourth with 41 points.
It was the second straight regional title for each Bears squad.
CliffEpps, Kyle Jefferson, Kwami Mensah, Robert Sharps and Andrew Tetteh led Hammond to a runaway victory at Kenwood High School in Baltimore County.
Epps and Jefferson each won three gold medals and one silver medal. Mensah won three golds, Sharps won two golds and one silver, and Tetteh won two golds.
Epps won the 100 -- in 11.4 seconds over teammate Jefferson at 11.5. Hammond's Leroy Anderson was third at 11.6.
Epps also was part of the winning 400 and 800 relays squads and he finished second in the 200 -- at 23.9.
"We thought we'd outclass the other teams," Epps said. "But it still felt good because weneeded our confidence boosted as we head into the state meet. Losingthe county meet last week hurt our confidence some."
Epps, who isheaded to James Madison University on a full football scholarship asa wide receiver, missed last year's track season with an injury. Thursday's effort was his best in a long time.
"Times weren't real fast because there was a head wind into the straightaway," Epps said.
Epps' best time in the 100 -- this year was 10.8 seconds, so his 11.4 was definitely slow.
Jefferson won the 200 -- in 23.8 and was also part of the winning 800 and 400 relay teams.
Jefferson, The Howard County Sun Player of the Year in basketball, will take his hoop talents to Salisbury State next fall.
Sharps is undefeated in bothhurdles events this season, and Thursday's wins were by wide margins.
The sophomore finished only fourth in the region in those eventslast year, so he has shown notable improvement.
He was seeded first in both events and had to kick hard in the final 150 meters of the 300 hurdles. Sharps also ran the first leg of the second-place milerelay team.
Tetteh, a junior who played on the basketball team, won the high jump at 5-10 and the triple jump at 42-3. It was his second-best triple jump ever. His best is 42-11.
"The track had a holein it so you had to alter your approach," he said. He finished thirdin the state last year.
Two other individual winners for Hammond were Andre Boone in the long jump at 19 feet, 10 inches, and Kwami Mensah in the 400 run at 52.0 seconds.
Mensah also ran on the winning 800 and 400 relay teams.
Mount Hebron's boys team finished fourth.
"It was our best regional finish in five years and I didn't expect it,"
Vikings coach Mark Dubbs said. "We had a disappointing county meet in which we scored only six points, but we scored 49 pointsin the regional meet."
The Vikings' top performers were Corey Jackson and Jesse Barnes. Jackson took first in the discus, second in the shot and sixth in the high jump for Mount Hebron. Barnes got secondin both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
Kisha Jett, Samantha Andersch, Melanie White, Mekka Richardson and Kacy Williams led the extremely young Lady Bears to the championship.
Jett, a freshman, won four gold medals in individual events, including the 100, 200, 400 and long jump.
Her long jump of 18 feet, 3 inches, established a county record, breaking the mark of 17-8 1/2 that Jett set just last week at the county meet.
"That's the highlight of my season so far," Jett said. "I had jumped that far in practice but never in a meet."
Jett also won a competitive 100 -- in 12.3 seconds over teammate Richardson, who ran 12.5.
"I was happy with my 100 and long jump, but my 400 and 200 still need some work," Jett said.
Andersch, a sophomore, won the 800 and 1,600 runs, pushed by teammate Jackie Rieschick, who finished second in the 1,600 and third in the 800.
Andersch also ran on the winning 3,200 relay with Rieschick, Kacy Williamsand Sara Wolf.
Freshman Melanie White won the 100 hurdles and high jump, ran on the winning 800 relay team and finished fourth in the 300 hurdles.
Williams was part of the 800 and 3,200 championship relay teams, finished fourth in the 800 run and second in the 400 run.
Richardson ran on the winning 800 relay, won the 300 hurdles and finished second in the 100 and 200 --es.
Rhonda Johnson won the shot put and finished second in the discus.
Sonya Kiner took third in the 300 hurdles and high jump and was part of the third-place 400 relay.
Shea Johnson was part of the winning 800 relay, the third-place 400 relay and she ran sixth in the 100 --.
"We were overwhelming," Hammond coach Joe Russo said. But he described competition in the region as "weak."