Joe Bosley didn't want any credit after watching his Randallstown squad run away with the girls team title in yesterday's Class 3A Central Regional Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
"When something goes wrong, then you can come and talk to me," Bosley said. "When things go well, it's because your athletes executed the way they can. I'm proud of all the girls because they all pitched in in their own way."
Led by senior Roshanda Duncan, junior Donita Hurston and sophomore Paulette Shields, the Rams' girls tallied 104 points to hold off runner-up Franklin (84) and Howard County nemesis Centennial (67).
Centennial would not be denied the boys title, as it compiled 134 points and ran away from runner-up Dundalk (71) and third-place Parkville (69).
Randallstown's girls team, which finished third in the county meet behind Dulaney and Perry Hall, picked up some big points in the 300-meter run with a 1-2-3 finish. Shields won the event in 44.9 seconds and Hurston was second in 45.2. Duncan tied Dundalk's Nakia Warren for third in 45.5.
"All I wanted to do today was make it to the states," said Shields, who missed the 1,600 relay with a sore hamstring. "I wasn't worried about having a bad time or finishing in second place, I just wanted to qualify for states."
Randallstown shot putters Chauna Qualls and Charlene Lee finished first and second, respectively, and Lee helped the Rams' cause with a second-place finish in the 55 hurdles.
Hurston and Shields finished 1-2 in the 55 -- and later helped the Rams win the 800 and 1,600 relays. Duncan finished first in the 500 and ran anchor for both of Randallstown's champion relay teams.
"I didn't know what to expect with the way the weather has been, but I just have to thank God," said Duncan, who helped earn her team 35 points. "I didn't feel in shape today but my friends and God pumped me up and I ended up doing better than I expected."
Kevin King of Dundalk won the boys 300 and 500 runs and Parkville's Dave Keller won the boys shot put with a toss of 47-7 1/2 .
Leeza Curnoles, a sophomore at Parkville, took first for the Knights in the girls 1,600 and 3,200 races. Curnoles led a group of underclassmen in the 3,200 run, holding off Franklin's freshman runner-up Kate Citroni and Centennial sophomore Kari Meyer.
Paulette Shields' brother, Stanley, placed first in the 55 -- in 6.8 and Franklin's Shawn Carpenter took third in the 800 and 3,200.
"We thought we had a chance to win this after the county meet, but we didn't really know what the Howard County schools had," said Bosley. "We knew Centennial would be tough and they were tough, but we got some great performances. It was a great team effort."