For the second time in as many years, the Long Reach track and field program swept the boys and girls crowns at the Howard County championships last night at Long Reach in Columbia.
The No. 6 girls team thwarted a bid by No. 5 Atholton to capture the school's ninth straight county title. The No. 6 boys squad won its second consecutive crown and third since 2000.
To senior Tiffani Long, the victories reinforced the consensus among the Lightning that the track and field program is a dynasty.
"I've always thought like that, and I like that," Long said, adding that "99.9 percent" of the banners in the school's gymnasium stem from the track and field program's success. "It's like a track family."
The girls team was especially overpowering yesterday. After trailing Atholton by nearly nine points after Wednesday's events, Long Reach outscored the Raiders by 34.5 points to win, 148.5-122.
Long played a significant role in determining her squad's fate as she scored four victories. She claimed the 100 (12.90 seconds), the 200 (26.58 seconds), the long jump (17 feet, 7 1/4 inches) and the triple jump (32-4 1/4 ).
Senior Jamese Cobb chipped in with a win in the 400 (59.04 seconds), and the 400- and 800-relay teams crossed the finish line first in respective times of 51.78 seconds and 1 minute, 47.32 seconds.
Atholton was sparked by junior Alison Smith, who triumphed in the 1,600 (5:04.29) and 3,200 (11:19.09) and teamed with senior Marquel Bowler, junior Kate Caffrey and sophomore Samantha Stehle to win the 3,200 relay (9:49.59).
The Raiders also crowned junior Nicole Robinson in the 100 high hurdles (15.75 seconds) and 300 intermediate hurdles (48.34 seconds) and senior Alana Nedd in the high jump (4-10).
But Smith's bid for a fourth victory was spoiled by Mount Hebron junior Liz McCarter, who claimed the 800 in 2:21.39.
Reservoir senior Christine Vidmar swept the throws, taking crowns in the shot put (33-7 3/4 ) and discus (127-3).
Oakland Mills won the 1,600 relay in 4:21.74.
On the boys side, Long Reach offset a left hamstring pull by senior Brandon Wright with triumphs from senior Charles Elmer in the triple jump (41-11 1/4 ), senior Brian Taylor in the shot put (44-7 1/2 ) and senior Jay Washington in the discus (140-7).
The Lightning accumulated 142 points to runner-up Howard's 112.
The Lions earned victories from junior Chris Brewington in the 400 (50.72 seconds); sophomore Joey Thompson in the 800 (2:01.92); Brewington, senior Jude Yearwood and juniors Matt Harvey and Marcus Randolph in the 400 relay (43.76 seconds); senior Kennard Blackwell, Yearwood, Harvey and Randolph in the 800 relay (1:30.54); and senior Duane Owens, junior Anthony Elliott, Blackwell and Yearwood in the 1,600 relay (3:33.97).
Four male athletes were double winners. Atholton junior Andrew Revelle captured the 1,600 (4:22.02) and 3,200 (9:32.91), and Wilde Lake junior Zach Brown took the 100 (11.13 seconds) and 200 (22.59 seconds).
Reservoir junior Quentin James claimed the 110 high hurdles (15.69 seconds) and 300 intermediate hurdles (40.32 seconds), and Mount Hebron senior Jason Allen won the high jump (6-0) and long jump (22-4 3/4 ).
Glenelg crowned freshman John Graybeal in the pole vault (12-0), and seniors Nick Bosse and Joey Spurrier and juniors Adam Graybeal and Jason Kymingham won the 3,200 relay (8:14.73).