Woodlawn coach Gerald Russell said he hoped to use yesterday's Baltimore County Indoor Track Relay Championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory as a springboard to the regional and state meets.
With the Warriors' seven-point win over Perry Hall, however, he first might have to pull his runners out of the rafters.
"We're still trying to peak for regionals and states," Russell said. "I think if the kids keep focused, they have the potential to go all the way."
Woodlawn won the meet with 63 points, followed by Perry Hall with 54 and Milford Mill with 23.
The Warriors exceled in the short- and middle-distance events, mixing and matching relay teams to gain a sizable lead before the longer events.
Kevin Johnson, Del Tucker, Karmann Henderson, Quinn Pak, Al Darby, Clayton Johnson, Vincent Montoute, Marlon Harris and Reggie Logan all lent a hand in Woodlawn's wins.
Said Montoute: "We have a real good quality team this year. Everybody's just been coming of age, and it's showed."
On the girls side, Perry Hall used a win in the high jump and a third-place finish in the shot put to move past Woodlawn and Dulaney for first place.
Gators coach Pat Sokoloski said the 16 points his team scored in the two events put Perry Hall over the top.
"That was a big difference," said Sokoloski. "Those points really helped us."
What also helped, though, was the absence of Dulaney's two top distance runners, as Amanda White and Kristin Friz didn't participate in the meet.
The Gators captured first-place ribbons in the distance medley, and took seconds in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
The day's highlight came in the girls shot put, where Randallstown's Leila Johns set a county record of 39 feet, 7 1/2 inches, breaking the old mark by nearly three feet.
"It feels good," said the senior, who improved on her previous best of 38-2, set two weeks ago, though she wasn't credited with a record that day because it didn't come in a championship meet.
When she released the shot this time, however, she didn't think it had a prayer.
"I thought I messed up," Johns said. "I thought [my distance] was a lot lower than it was. But I guess it was better than I thought."