Oakland Mills' boys team and Glenelg's girls squad completed a sweep of postseason honors by winning state titles at yesterday's Class 2A-1A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
Glenelg's victory ended Central's reign, which included state championships in 11 of the past 12 years. Oakland Mills recaptured the title it owned in 1991, but it was the first for Scorpions coach Sam Singleton.
"We train our guys hard and they produce," said Singleton, whose team outscored Central, 58-51. "Our relays were our strength and we knew coming in that they would be our ticket out of here."
Hammond's Kisha Jett left everyone in the dust en route to a state championship in the girls 300. Jett's time of 41.78 was short of the state mark of 40.44 but was more the fast enough to stave off runner-up Tahira Anderson of Central (43.02).
Jett would not be denied in the 55 dash or high hurdles, however, as she set Class 2A-1A state records in each event. Jett's winning time of 7.24 in the dash was one-tenth of second faster than the mark set in 1991 by Central's Charmene Fields, and her hurdles time of 8.15 eclipsed the standard of 8.54 set by Milford Mill's Lori Amos in 1984 and 1985.
The Golden Bears boys contingent had reason to celebrate after Robert Sharps' victory in the high hurdles. Sharps' winning time of 7.69 is the state's best indoor time among both Class 3A and 2A-1A schools.
Not far behind Sharps in the hurdles race was runner-up Andre Eure, a junior from Milford Mill. Eure added a second silver medal when he tied Fort Hill's Steve Stafford in the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches.
Bruce Lentz gave Hereford a state champion by claiming top honors in the boys 800.
Lonnie Humphrey of Owings Mills took second in the boys 500 and third in the 300.
Eric Gay of Towson won the boys 55 dash in a state record time of 6.52.
Towson's girls team, which finished second in the region, finished fourth with with some help from junior Nicole Walker, who placed third in the 55 dash with a time of 7.56 seconds. Walker later picked up a bronze medal in the shot put for the Generals with a toss of 34-feet, 1/2 inch and was fifth in the 300.
Sophomore Julie Caler helped the Generals' cause with a third-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Glenelg's Alicia Adams was runner-up in the the girls 1,600 and 3,200, finishing behind winner Lora Price of Brunswick in both events.
Edward Hogan of Glenelg outlasted runner-up Mike Mamo of Milford Mill for the boys 3,200 title.
"We knew that we were able to put a lot of people in a lot of positions, and that's what we were counting on," said Glenelg coach Pete Adams. "We just had more bodies than Central and
we just beat them into the ground."