The No. 4 Reservoir boys and the No. 10 Long Reach girls both won their first Howard County track and field championships Tuesday.
Long Reach won seven events and finished in a tie with No. 5 River Hill, the two-time defending champion. Both schools had 98 points on a cold and rainy day at Long Reach. Reservoir finished with 109 points to beat out Atholton (92).
For Long Reach, most of the points came from victories. The Lightning won the 400 and 1,600 relays. It also got two wins apiece from Aneesha Scott (100 meters, 200 meters) and Jacqueline Tape (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles). In addition, Kristen Fawole won the long jump on the first day of competition Monday.
"We'll take it," said Long Reach coach Leslie Thomas of the tie. "We got points from a lot of different events. That's the key for us."
The Lightning needed that balance because of River Hill's depth. Despite winning just one event, the Hawks also racked up a lot of points.
Dorehn Coleman led River Hill with 26 points on her own. She won the 400 and took second in both the 100 and 200.
But River Hill stayed in contention by getting high finishes in several events. The Hawks ended up in the top three in nine of the 18 events.
Reservoir's boys were led by Yao Adantor, who continued his stellar season by winning both the shot put and discus. The discus victory proved crucial because that event was one of the final two of the meet and gave the Gators some breathing room.
But the Gators also got help in the last event — the triple jump — from Kyle Mitchell (second) and Michael Robinson (fourth). They avoided a potential obstacle after an opposing coach noted that Mitchell was wearing pants that had several Under Armour insignias on the waistband, a violation of national uniform rules which state that just one insignia can be there.
There was discussion among an appeals committee at the meet about disqualifying Mitchell, but it uled that since an official at the event didn't call it, no action would be taken.
Mitchell also won the 300 hurdles and Reservoir got a victory in the 3,200 relay.
"I'm very proud of my kids," Reservoir coach Phil Rogers said. "They came through and fought very hard on an ugly day."
There were a number of other good individual efforts. Glenelg's Robbie Creese swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, and Terrance Drew won the 200 and 400 along with helping the victorious 800 and 1,600 relays on a cold day.
"It's definitely pretty hard," Drew said. "It was really chilly. My legs were tight,"