Oakland Mills' boys and Glenelg's girls completed a postseason sweep 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 last 12 years. Meanwhile, Oakland Mills recaptured the title it owned in 1991.
"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 had more bodies than Central and just beat them into the ground."
Alicia Adams, Kelly Pelovitz, Marquerite Rupsis and Cheryl Seymour joined forces to win the girls 3,200 for Glenelg. The Gladiators' winning time of 10 minutes, 20.9 seconds was more than 21 seconds better than runner-up Middletown.
Rupsis added a third-place finish in the 500, behind Central's Tahira and Stephanie Anderson.
The Gladiators earned 12 points in the girls 1,600, with junior Alicia Adams taking second and Pelovitz finishing fourth. Pelovitz also earned a bronze in the 800.
The Gladiators' fifth-place boys team got a 14-point boost in the 3,200 with senior Edward Hogan emerging as state champ and junior Kris Edwards in fourth.
Glenelg tacked on eight more points in the 1,600 as senior Edward Hogan took second behind Stephen Decatur's Clayton Nichols.
Hammond's Kisha Jett, who had four first-place finishes in the regional meet, managed three wins and set two state records along the way.
Jett's winning time of 41.78 in the 300 fell short of the state standard of 40.44 but was fast enough to hold off runner-up Tahira Anderson of Central (43.02).
Jett was not denied in the 55 dash or high hurdles, as she set Class 2A-1A state records in each event. Jett's winning time of 7.24 was one-tenth of second faster than the mark set in 1991 by Central's Charmene Fields in the --, and her hurdles time of 8.15 eclipsed the standard of 8.54 set by Lori Amos of Milford Mill in 1984 and 1985.
The Golden Bears boys contingent had reason to celebrate after Robert Sharps' victory in the high hurdles. Sharp's winning time of 7.69 is the state's best indoor time among both Class 3A and 2A-1A schools.
The Scorpions boys team captured state championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 relay events. Collecting gold medals for Oakland Mills were Jay Henderson, Eric Larsen, Greg Curtis and Phil Cassell.
Senior Wade McHargue's second-place finish in the boys shot put gave the Scorpions some much-needed support in the field events.
Joss Paddock of Oakland Mills and Glenelg's Jeff Cordisco finished 4-5 in the pole vault with equal heights of 10-6. The Scorpions and Wilde Lake finished 3-4 in the boys 500, with Cassell of Oakland Mills claiming third ahead of the Wildecats' Craig Butler.
"Our relays were our strength and we knew coming in that they would be our ticket out of here," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton, whose team outscored runner-up Central, 58-51. "I had no clue what the other regions had, so basically we came in here ready to run."