Dulaney coach Bob Dean said his heart skipped a beat yesterday when he saw junior standout Amanda White hit a rut on the track and fall to the ground in pain during warm-ups.
But White's twisted right ankle -- the first injury of her career -- did little to slow her. Limping slightly on a heavily taped ankle, she came back to win four gold medals and lead the Lions to first place in the Baltimore County Girls Track and Field Championships at Towson High School.
Dulaney scored in every track event to earn its fifth consecutive title. The Lions scored 126 points. Woodlawn finished second with 94, followed by Catonsville with 73.
With regionals scheduled for May 15, Dean was just thankful that White's injury wasn't more serious.
"You can't afford to lose a kid of that caliber," said Dean. "She's our leader."
White said the injury occurred while she was doing light jogging before the meet.
"I hit an indentation on the track and my ankle just gave out," said White. "It didn't hurt too bad during the first couple races, but it really began to bother me at the end of the two-mile [run]."
She said the pain was more a result of tightly wrapped adhesive tape around the ankle than of the injury itself. The injury, however, didn't slow her. In the 1,600, White equaled her fastest time of the season, winning in 4 minutes, 57.2 seconds.
She also won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in dominating fashion, and anchored Dulaney's 3,200 relay team that won by more than 23 seconds. The Lions' Kristen Friz finished second in the 1,600 and 3,200, and the Lions earned medals in 10 of the 17 events.
Other multiple winners were Erin Graham of Woodlawn, in the 400 and 300 intermediate hurdles; Jill Fennekohl of Perry Hall, in the long jump, triple jump and high jump; and Leila Johns of Randallstown, in the shot put and discus.