Westlake Girls, Boys Shine In 4A/3A Track

Westlake's Devon Smith won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and excelled in the 4x100 and 4x200.
Westlake's Devon Smith won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and excelled in the 4x100 and 4x200. (By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post)
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Westlake girls' and boys' teams put in dominating performances at last weekend's Maryland 4A/3A track and field championships at Morgan State University with first- and second-place finishes, respectively.

The girls claimed the team title with 58 points, two ahead of second-place Annapolis, for the second championship in Westlake history. The Wolverines won in 2004 and placed second in 2006.

In addition to a victory in the 4x400 relay, the final competition of the day, girls' team members Christina Manning, Daquana Byrd-West, Tyonna Anthony and Danielle Brock helped lead the Wolverines to a 3A-record finish of 1 minute 38.44 seconds in the 4x200 relay.

Manning, who will run for Ohio State next year, added victories in the 100 hurdles and long jump to the three championships she won during the winter indoor season, and Brock added a victory in the 400-meter dash.

The boys' team, which finished second behind Meade, 103-66, was unable to win its fifth state title but still had several attention-grabbing wins.

Wolverines junior Devon Smith recorded a state-meet-best time in the 100 meters in 10.42 seconds in the preliminaries and went on to win in the final in 10.64. Smith also won the 200-meter dash and was part of Westlake's 4x100 relay team that set a 3A record in 41.76 and the 4x200 team that clocked a meet-best 1:26.40.

-- Katie Carrera

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