Mount Hebron's Karli Buescher, right, takes second place… (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore…)
LANDOVER — The top-ranked Atholton boys indoor track and field team used balance and depth to win the Howard County and region titles with little trouble. That same formula gave the Raiders the Class 3A state title Wednesday night.
Coach Elbert Robinson's Raiders finished with 62 points to capture the championship in the meet at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. Atholton easily beat out Linganore (44) and No. 6 Hereford (34).
Brandon Hairston gave Atholton its only individual victory when he captured the 500 meters. Hairston also ran on the victorious 800 relay with Andrew King, Edward Robinson and Kenneth Thomas.
King also took second in the 300 and third in the 55. Thomas grabbed a fourth in the 55. Connor Belson helped with two fourths also — one in the 800, the other in the 1,600.
"We've got depth and did a lot of hard work," Robinson said. "We had a few kinks in our armor, but the boys sucked it up tonight."
Mount Hebron came in second in the Class 3A girls as Damascus rallied to pass the Vikings in the final event. Damascus' fourth-place finish in that event gave the Hornets 40.5 points, enough to beat out Mount Hebron (39), No. 3 Western (38) and No. 2 Hereford (34).
Michaela Wilkins won the 500, and Rachel Yep took second in the 3,200. Karli Buescher added a second-place finish in the 1,600 to help Mount Hebron.
Western also just missed despite winning the 800 and 3,200 relays and taking third in the 1,600 relay.
River Hill's Scott Heydrick gave the Hawks a pair of victories when he took both the 800 and 1,600 to score all 20 of his team's points in Class 3A. The No. 7 Old Mill girls took fourth in the tough Class 4A competition with 38 points. Alexis Franklin led the way with a win in the 55 hurdles and a second in the 300.
Also in Class 4A, Woodlawn's Shelby Frink won the shot put.