Victor Gilreath has become quite adept at multitasking.
For the past three weeks, the Western Tech senior has had to compete in the high jump and shot put simultaneously - first at the Baltimore County championships and then at the Class 1A North regional meet.
Making a few jumps, changing his shoes, racing over to the shot put pit, and making a few heaves with nary a glance at what the competition is doing is challenging, but Gilreath isn't complaining about the results.
Yesterday, Gilreath captured his first state crown when he cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump on the first day of the Class 1A state championships, which were held in conjunction with the Class 2A division at Morgan State University.
Gilreath wasn't quite as successful in the shot put as he placed third, but that mattered little to Gilreath.
"I expected to get a medal. I was hoping to get gold," said Gilreath, the North regional and county champion in the high and triple jumps. "I would prefer to have a little time between [events], but that's usually not the case. I got used to it this year."
Smithsburg led all Class 1A teams with 38 points. Defending state champion Digital Harbor was tied for eighth with Elkton, Northern of Garrett and Williamsport (eight points each).
Another reigning state titlist, the Atholton girls team, was tied with McDonough in Class 2A at 16 points apiece.
Junior Alison Smith won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 2.30 seconds and ran the anchor leg of the 3,200-relay squad that finished third.
"It's definitely ours to lose," Smith said. "We know we have a good chance [to repeat]. We've just got to keep our spirits high."
Reservoir senior Christine Vidmar earned her second state title in the discus with a throw of 131 feet, 7 inches.
Andrew Revelle, meanwhile, had a rough day. First, the Atholton junior was nipped by Liberty junior Nick Hruch at the finish line in the 3,200 relay as the Lions held off the Raiders, 8:05.97 to 8:06.09.
Two hours later, Howard sophomore Joey Thompson stunned Revelle in the 3,200, winning in 9:23.10 to Revelle's 9:24.28.
Still, Atholton led Liberty 22-19 in the race for top team honors.
Eastern Tech crowned a pair of jumpers. Sophomore Michelle Newman claimed the triple jump (37-9 1/4 ), and senior John Mullinex captured the long jump (21-4 1/2 ).
The Class 2A title in the girls 3,200 relay went to Hereford (9:37.34), while Digital Harbor claimed the 1A championship in the 3,200 relay (9:46.47).
Hammond won the 2A crown in the boys 800 relay (1:30.17), Pikesville took the 1A crown (1:30.20), and New Town proved victorious in the girls 800 relay (1:44.66).