WESTMINSTER — The Westminster boys cruised to victory while the girls had to struggle a bit as both teams won their second consecutive 4A regional title Friday night at Westminster High School.
The meet was postponed nearly 1 1/2 hours due to a severe thunderstorm, but the sun eventually returned to shine over the Owls.
Westminster coach Bill Hill said he was pleased with the overall depth and intensity his boys provided.
They rolled to a 123.5 to 84.5 win over runner-up Quince Orchard of Montgomery County.
The Owl girls had a much tougher time, edging second-place Dulaney of Baltimore County, 114-108.
"The boys team was outstanding and had a lotof personal bests," Hill said.
"Their intensity was outstanding throughout, and all wanted it and deserved it."
The boys were led by Jeff Liberge, who won the high hurdles and the pole vault. Brent Black took first in the shot put, while Matt Avery placed second in the1,600- and 800-meter runs.
The Westminster boys also claimed the 4-by-400 meter relay.
Woodlawn of Baltimore County finished in third place with 77.5 points, while Thomas Wooten of Montgomery County took fourth with 77.
The girls side wasn't decided until Holly Stewart and Lisa Brown finished third and fifth, respectively, in the triple jump to give the Owls the necessary points to overcome Dulaney.
"They are a couple of reliable kids (Stewart and Brown), and we were confident we would get the three points we were looking for (to overcome Dulaney). They performed well under pressure," Hill said.
A large share of Dulaney's points came from the success Mandy White hadover Westminster's Stephanie Morningstar.
White won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, with Morningstar taking second in all threeevents.
The 1,600-meter race set the stage for the two. White ledthroughout the race until Morningstar passed her with about 400 meters remaining. She led until White came from behind down the stretch and pulled away to win by a little more than four seconds.
"This isone of the most productive years for girls in distance running ever in the state of Maryland," Hill said.
"Stephanie knew she would bechallenged, and she was prepared for it. Amanda (White) just won three races, and Stephanie finished second in three races," Hill said.
"She'll (Morningstar) look at it as a learning experience and know what she has to do. She'll have to reach down a little deeper, and I know she can do it."
Another big key for the Westminster girls were the relay teams. The Owls finished second in the 4-by-800 meter, third in the 4-by-400 meter relay and fourth in the 4-by-100 meter relay.
The Frederick girls finished third in the team standings with 85 points, followed by Woodlawn's 78.
Hill expects even bigger and better things from his young squad.
"We're only losing one girl, Lisa Brown, and four boys. We can come back next year and be a better team," he said.
Other Westminster state meet qualifiers (top four winners at regional meet) include:
Boys: Shot put -- 1. Brent Black, 46-1; 3. Jeff Liberge, 9-0; pole vault -- 1. Jeff Liberge, 9-0; discus -- 3. Jeff Liberge, 126-0; 4. Brent Black, 122-6; 110 hurdles --1. Jeff Liberge, 14:60; 1,600 -- 2. Matt Avery, 4:31.0; 800 -- 2. Matt Avery; 3. Gunter Kroe, 2:04.70; triple -- 4. Jamal Hogan, 42-5 1/2; 3,200 -- 3. Dion Stanton, 10:20.4; 400 -- 4. Mark Craig, 52.60
Girls: High jump -- 1. Kenya Warfield, 5-0; 2. Pauline McAlonan, 4-10;discus -- 3. Jessica Farinholt, 91- 1/2; 4. Leslie Liddick, 80-2 1/2; shot put -- 2. Leslie Liddick, 34-1; 3. Jessica Farinholt, 33- 1/2;110 hurdles -- 3. Kenya Warfield, 15:70; 1,600 -- 2. Stephanie Morningstar, 5:06.2; 3,200 -- 2. Stephanie Morningstar, 11:43.6; 800 -- 2.Stephanie Morningstar, 2:25.10; 200 -- 4. Brooke Holland, 28.00; triple jump -- 3. Holly Stewart, 34-4 1/2.