Brian DeVaul was once again the story of the Class 4A East region track and field championships, but for entirely different reasons.
A year removed from an unsportsmanlike charge that eventually cost his Arundel boys team the regional crown, DeVaul put the memory behind him by quietly winning three gold medals in the regional meet at North County High in Ferndale yesterday.
The senior -- who won the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, 9 inches; the long jump with a mark of 21 feet, 1.5 inches; and the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 9 inches -- accounted for 30 of the Wildcats' 45 points.
"I've been working on my endurance so that I could have the leg strength on all three events," said DeVaul. "I didn't really think about that. It's in the past, and it's a new year."
Indeed. His mark in the high jump is a personal record and would've beaten the state title height of 6 feet, 6 inches set by Matt Waranius of Chesapeake-AA last season.
And with a new year comes a new champion as Frederick held off a hard-charging Meade team by three points to capture the boys crown.
The Mustangs won the 1,600 relay -- the final event of the evening -- and the coveted 10 points to finish with 85.5 points. But the Cadets placed second, earning a crucial eight points to finish with 88.5.
"They gave it their all today," said Meade coach Amy Krusinski, who earned a three-win performance from junior Anthony Lee (the 100, 200 and anchor leg of the 1,600 relay) and a double-win effort from junior John Young (400 and 1,600 relay). "They have goals they want to meet, and I hope we can chase those goals at the state meet."
No. 4 C. Milton Wright, which earned double wins from senior Aaron Smith (1,600 and 3,200 relay) and junior Pat Bailey (3,200 and 3,200 relay), placed third with 74.5 points.
Reigning regional champ Old Mill finished fourth with 73 points. Senior Aaron Dixon-Proctor's discus throw of 149 feet, 6 inches was the lone gold medal for the Patriots.
On the girls side, Thomas Johnson won in convincing fashion by capturing four field (discus, pole vault, shot put and triple jump) and three track events (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, and 1,600 relay) and racking up 124 points.
C. Milton Wright, which finished second, managed to compile only 83 points. The Mustangs were paced by senior Stacie Johnson -- who claimed the 100 in 12.7 seconds and the 200 in 27.2 seconds -- and junior Morgan Little -- who won the 3,200 in 11:50.1 and ran a leg of the 3,200 relay squad that finished in 10:01.9.
Broadneck placed third with 69 points and was powered by sophomore Lauren Centrowitz, who won the 1,600 in 5:14.3 and the 800 in 2:23.0.
Arundel's relay squad of Amy Vest, Brittany Davis, Darlene Matthews and Ana Baker followed up their winning time of 1:48.2 in the 800 relay with a 51.3 seconds in the 400 relay.