In what has become almost a rite of spring, the Woodlawn boys track and field team dominated the Baltimore County track championships at Hereford High in Parkton yesterday, winning its ninth consecutive championship.
Not to be outdone, the Dulaney girls program rebounded from last year's loss to Milford Mill to capture its seventh crown in the past eight seasons.
The Warriors used their extensive depth, compiling 144 points.
"It never gets old," senior Ronald Bias said. "Nobody likes to lose."
Bias played a major role in Woodlawn's win as he won the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches), the long jump (22-1) and the triple jump (45-10) and took second in the 110 high hurdles.
Senior Sam Henry chipped in with victories in the 800 (2 minutes, 0.65 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:32.43), while senior Justin Cheeks and senior Kheon Hendricks picked up wins in the 400 (51.85) and the shot put (44-9 3/4 ).
Pikesville, which placed second with 70 points, was paced by victories from senior Ben Sager in the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.66), senior Henry Magram in the discus (136-1) and its 800-relay squad of juniors Earl Cruz and Akil Kellar, sophomore Josh Mallory and freshman Darryl Bell (1:34.87).
On the girls side, Dulaney scored 82 points and wrested the title from Milford Mill.
"We has a lot of pressure on us because we've won before, but it's exciting to win and be a part of that [tradition]," said Lions senior Andrea Becker.
Becker led the way with a victory in the triple jump (31-8), a second in the 100 high hurdles and thirds in the 300 intermediate hurdles and 400 relay.
Dulaney also got a first-place finish from senior Kristen Marshall in the pole vault (9-0).
Franklin senior Brittany Kiessling won the 300 hurdles (49.11) and joined junior Andrea Hallock and sophomores Michelle Donadio and Candice Holden to take the 1,600 relay (4:22.60) as the Indians placed second overall with 67 points.
Western Tech, which finished third with 56.75 points, was led by senior Tamia Chancey, who won the long jump (15-8).