Several Southern Maryland track and field teams will travel to Morgan State University in Baltimore this weekend with hopes of capturing a team championship at the Maryland state meet.
Westlake's girls, Thomas Stone's girls and Northern's boys are coming off regional championships.
The Wolverines' girls won the 3A South Region championship as well as the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship, and they were the 3A/2A state indoor champions this winter. With some of the top seeds in several events at this weekend's 3A meet, Westlake will be in good position for another title.
All-Met senior JaQuay Evans is seeded second in the 100 and third in the 200, while senior Kathryne Carter is ranked second in the 200. Senior Quiteelia Boyd is the top seed in the shot put and will also participate in the long jump, discus and triple jump. Boyd has had solid performances in all four events during the past two weeks. She set a SMAC meet record in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet 43/4 inches.
The Wolverines will get a push from teams such as 3A East Region champion Long Reach and 3A North Region winner Western.
Northern's boys will have a tough road at the 3A meet after taking the region title with only three first-place finishes. The Patriots, led by seniors Ryan Murphy and Solomon Plater, will go up against Douglass of Prince George's County, which dominated the 3A East Region meet, and C. Milton Wright and Mervo, which had good performances in the North Region. Westlake, led by All-Met Jared Fagan (the favorite in the 100 and 200), could also make an impact at the state level.
At 4A, Thomas Stone will go against Largo and Eleanor Roosevelt, two perennial favorites from Prince George's County. Amy Bilmanis is the area's best discus thrower and had the best shot put distance of all 4A throwers during regionals.
Largo will use its star power -- All-Met sophomore Michaylin Golladay is the top seed in the 100, 200 and long jump, while All-Met senior Sirdonea Davis is the top seed in the 400 and the triple jump. Roosevelt has the advantage of depth, with several athletes qualifying in several events.