BALTIMORE — Douglass senior Terrell Green never forgets a loss. That’s one reason why Saturday’s 800-meter race during the Maryland state track and field championships at Morgan State University had been on his radar for quite some time.
He lost in the event to Queen Anne’s senior Warren Staver at the indoor state meet in February, in what Green called a “beautiful race” from his opponent.
This time around, Green spent time strategizing how to get even. He figured his best chance would be to force the pace at a higher tempo with about 300 meters to go, and his plan worked Saturday.
Staver made his move early and briefly passed Green before the final turn. But Green had just enough room to re-take the lead and crossed the finish line in 1 minute 55.24 seconds, just ahead of Staver.
“I won by maybe a quarter of a step,” Green said. “I have so much respect for that guy. He’s a guy that’s been on my mind all season. I’ve been training like I have to beat him.”
Green, also a winner in the 1,600(4:18.89), helped the Eagles to a dominating 2A boys’ state championship with 1171 / 2 total points. Long Reach won its second consecutive 3A boys’ outdoor title with 68 points and Bowie won the 4A boys’ state meet with 85.
Huntingtown’s girls came from behind to win the 3A meet with 83 points.
Magruder and Wise tied with 50 points apiece to share the girls’ 4A title.
After injuring her foot during Friday’s preliminaries, Wise senior India Griffin finished seventh in the 100 and eighth in the 200, providing critical points that contributed to Wise’s shared title. “Everyone was giving me motivation to just run and get it over with, and not think about the pain,” Griffin said.
Magruder freshman Stephanie Davis earned 20 points for her team, showing off her budding talent by claiming 4A titles in the 100 (12.01) and 200 (24.47). Clarksburg placed third with 48 points.
"Magruder track and field is a developing program and these hard-working athletes are key to unlocking the potential," Magruder Coach Lubin Hernandez Palomino said.
Huntingtown’s girls trailed Milford Mill 79-78 before freshman Harleigh White’s fourth-place finish in the long jump propelled them to victory.
Huntingtown senior and indoor All-Met Athlete of the Year Shania Collins won her 100 and 200 races, finishing off a memorable year for the Texas-bound sprinter.
“My nerves were on edge,” Collins said. “To finish first is a great ending.”
Long Reach was paced by senior Robert Carter, who won the 100 hurdles (14.22) and 300 hurdles (37.74), and senior teammate Tosin Oyewole, who won gold medals in the 100 (10.68) and 200 (1:29.39). Both athletes were also on the winning 3A 4x100 (42.38) and 4x200 (1:29.39) relay teams.
Bowie had big days from junior Antonio Coleman and sophomore Maxwell Willis. Willis won the 200 (21.39) and Coleman took the 400 (48.01). The two sprinters were also on the winning 4x200 team (1:26.57).
“Both of us are young and we’ve just been working,” Coleman said. “We came through with big points for our team.”
Bethesda-Chevy Chase junior Nora McUmber followed her comeback victory in the 3,200 on Friday with a rally in the 1,600 (5:01.74). Atholton senior Briana Taborn added a shot put title (38 feet 8 inches) to the discus she one in the 3A meet’s first day.
Atholton junior Jennifer Bleakney added wins in the 800 (2:18.37) and 1,600 (5:00.45) after being a part of the winning 4x800 squad on Friday (9:34.15).
River Hill junior Chris Heydrick followed his 4x800 relay team’s win on Friday (7:56.94) with 3A wins in the 800 (1:55.43) and 1,600 (4:18.11).
Reservoir senior Bryan Sosoo won the 3A triple jump with a 46-11, which came on his final attempt. Sosoo said he made some needed adjustments to be able to get to a title level.
“The front half of my season didn’t go as good,” Sosoo said. “But during the championship season every jump has been a progression. When it counted, I got the big jump on my last one.”