WESTMINSTER -- It was to no one's surprise that Westminster swept the boys and girls titles in the Carroll County Track and Field Championships Monday afternoon at Western Maryland College.
The boys won their 11th straight county title, outdistancing second-place Francis Scott Key, 165 1/2 -79, while the Stephanie Morningstar-led girls took their third straight title, 157-68, over runner-up Key.
There were some definite surprises, however, starting with Francis Scott Key's strong showing in both girls and boys competition.
Last year, the Key girls finished last in the county meet with 19 points. Their jump to second this year shows the program is going in the right direction -- and fast.
"We're definitely moving in the direction we want to," Francis Scott Key coach John Seaman said. "We'll try to push up to third or fourth in the regionals [Friday at Catoctin] and hope to qualify as many individuals as possible in states."
Seaman wasn't surprised to see his Key boys take second place Monday. Their goal was to keep Westminster under 200 (which they did) and double the third-place team's score (which they narrowly missed doing).
"I thought the kids ran real well," he said. "We were heavily outdistanced due to Westminster's depth and all their firsts."
The Westminster boys' overall depth was indeed too much for Key and the others.
The Owls had seven different athletes win events, led by Brent Black -- who took the shot put and discus.
On the girls side, Morningstar dominated the distance races, winning the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter events to lead the Owls. Two of her wins broke county records. In the 1,600, her time of 5:02.1 beat Amy Harden's (Westminster) record of 5:12.8, set in 1985. Morningstar's 2:18.8 time in the 800 also edged Sherrie Dodson's (Francis Scott Key) 1989 record of 2:19.6.
She also got help from teammates Kenya Warfield (winner of the high jump and high hurdles) and Jessica Farinholt (shot put and discus).
"It was a great team effort on both sides," Westminster coach Bill Hill said.
"The weather was much nicer than Friday, and we got some stellar individual performances with a few personal records -- I'm really excited."
It was deja vu for Liberty's Julie Cox, who repeated last year's effort by winning three individual titles. Cox ran away with the 100- and 200-meter sprints, and then nipped Warfield in the intermediate hurdles.
In the boys competition, North Carroll came away with four individual titles en route to its solid third-place showing.
Will Lerp dominated the sprints, capturing the 100- and 200-meter --es, while Adam Franklin (high jump) and Matt Davis (3200-meter) were the other North Carroll winners.
Westminster dominated both the boys and girls relays -- winning all four boys races and taking three of the four girls races.
Here are the results:
County championships Monday at Western Maryland Boys
Team standings: 1. Westminster 165 1/2 ; 2. Francis Scott Key 79; North Carroll 44
3200 relay -- Westminster 8:16.4, Francis Scott Key 8:22.9, South Carroll 8:49.4; 1600 relay -- Westminster 3:33.5, South Carroll 3:37.2, Francis Scott Key 3:39.4; 800 relay -- Westminster 1:34.7, Francis Scott Key 1:35.9, South Carroll 1:36.7; 400 relay -- Westminster 44.9, South Carroll 45.1, Francis Scott Key 45.4
100 -- Lerp (North Carroll) 11.2, Shank (Westminster) 11.5, Foreman (South Carroll) 11.5; 200 -- Lerp (North Carroll) 23.0, Kreit (Francis Scott Key) 23.1, Shank (Westminster) 23.1; 400 -- Kroe (Westminster) 52.0, Shank ( Westminster) 52.1, Bosley (Francis Scott Key) 53.0; 800 -- Brandon (Westminster) 2:01.3, Kahler (Westminster) 2:03.5, Thayson (Westminster) 2:06.1; 1600 -- Kahler (Westminster) 4:36.0, Clarius (Francis Scott Key) 4:40.7, Sweemer (Liberty) 4:48.5; 3200 -- Davis (North Carroll) 10:11.6, Holford (Westminster) 10:21.9, Stanton (Westminster) 10:29.6
High hurdles -- Craig (Westminster) 15.3, Brown (Liberty) 15.5, .. Merker (Westminster) 15.9; Intermediate hurdles -- Merker (Westminster) 41.2, Sanders (Liberty) 41.2, Craig (Westminster) 42.4; Triple jump -- Knights (Westminster) 43-11, Bull (Francis Scott Key) 43- 1/2 , Cox (Francis Scott Key) 41-4; High jump -- Franklin (North Carroll) 6-2, Freyman (Westminster) 6-2, Wright (Francis Scott Key) 6-0; Long jump -- Cox (Francis Scott Key) 20-3, Knights (Westminster) 19-9 1/2 , Knight (Westminster) 18-11; Shot put -- Black (Westminster) 47-2 1/4 , Gibbons (North Carroll) 41-10 1/2 , Lawson (Francis Scott Key) 41-3 1/2 ; Pole vault -- Crone (Francis Scott Key) 11-6, Razckowski (Westminster) 11-6, Dunn (Francis Scott
Key) 11-0; Discus -- Black (Westminster) 139-9, Steiner (Westminster) 123-6, Waltrup (Westminster) 119-8;
Team standings: 1. Westminster 157; 2. Francis Scott Key 68; 3. Liberty 54