The Milford Mill boys track and field team needed the last event of the day in the Baltimore County track championship on Saturday to secure its first title since 1999.
Milford Mill trailed Hereford, the two-time county champion, by five points heading into the 1,600 meter relay. Senior Maurice Hawkins outkicked Pikesville's Maury Sall in the final 30 meters to finish third and give Milford Mill just enough overall points to capture the title, 69-68.
"I'm shocked," said Milford Mill coach Sharon Johnson, noting she only brought 10 boys to the meet.
Junior Mike Jones and seniors Kashief Burton and Alaric Coker comprised the rest of Milford Mill's 1,600 relay team. In the previous event, Milford Mill closed the gap on Hereford when they won the 400 relay (42.97 seconds) with Afees Abolurin, Jarvis Staten, Marquis Thornton and Kashief Burton.
Individual county champions included Lansdowne's Yelnats Calvin (400), Dundalk's James Gonzalez (triple jump), Owings Mill's Lamarr Poole (shot put) and Hereford's Luke Kurtz (discus). The top individual sprint performance was turned in by Catonsville's Vincent Randlett-Tydings, who won the 100 (11.19) and 200 (22.49) dashes.
On the girls side, Franklin beat out Hereford by 29 points to capture its first-ever Baltimore County championship. Franklin led all teams with 160 points.
"Both Hereford and Franklin outperformed what they were supposed to," Franklin coach Paul Hannsen said. "They are a championship level team and it's hard to put them away, but we did a great job [Saturday] ."
Franklin sprinter Ashley Brannock was the standout of the girls meet, winning the 100 (12.79), 200 (25.78) and 400 (57.66).
Franklin also piled up points in the field events.
Sophomore Christine Agoris won discus (100-feet, 1 inch) and was second in shot put (30-4.25) and was third in discus. Franklin's Olivia Gruver won the pole vault (9-feet) and Najatee McNeil won the long jump (16-05).