Megan Makowski of Perry Hall said she felt fatigued after finishing second to teammate Krissy Jost in the one-mile event at yesterday's Baltimore Metro Winter Invitational at Catonsville Community College.
So even she was surprised when she came back minutes later to win the two-mile race, beating out a number of first-team All-Metro cross country runners in the process.
"My legs felt pretty tired after the mile," said Makowski, a second-team All-Metro cross country performer. "But the last eight laps of the two-mile I started to feel a lot better. It surprised me a little."
The junior picked up her pace, vaulting from second to first in the last half-mile to win the race in 11 minutes, 50.2 seconds, beating out Catonsville's Bridget Olp by over eight seconds.
Her win helped propel the Gators to a second-place finish, 17 points ahead of Catonsville and Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County.
Old Mill won both the boys and girls competitions, taking first or second place in 14 events.
Catonsville, led by Olp, also had a second-place finish by Lori Havrilla in the shot put. The two-mile relay team finished with 36 points, tied for third with Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County.
On the boys side, the day belonged to teams from Anne Arundel and Howard counties, which swept the top six spots. Old Mill won the meet with 94 points, followed by Centennial, South River, Meade, Chesapeake-AA and Atholton.
Centennial was the best among Howard County teams, scoring 60 points. The Eagles were led by Kevin Hill and Steve Olenick, who took second and third, respectively, behind Catonsville's Jamie Davies in the mile and, along with teammate Bob Van Allen, finished 1-2-3 in the two-mile.
Centennial also scored points in the high jump, as James Koehler took second and Matt Kirkpatrick third.
For first-place Old Mill, however, the win took on extrsignificance because the team has had to practice with a depleted coaching staff the past several weeks due to other obligations.
"We've had to overcome a lot of adversity the last few weeks," said coach Mike Marcus. "We didn't really expect to do this well."
The Patriots were led by wins by Kevin McKinney in the 45 --,
Donte Hudson in the hurdles and the girls' two-mile relay team of Krista Winbrou, Carina Sonberg, Beth Walker and Jenny Porter.