-- Westlake senior Kathryne Carter seemed relaxed and placid after her 4x200 relay team's victory Friday in the Maryland 3A state championship held at Morgan State University.
Nearly half a football field in front of the competition, Carter finished the last leg of the Wolverines' first-place finish in 1:40.51, nearly four seconds before second-place Kennedy finished the race. The Wolverines earned 10 points for the win, which should help them in their quest for the school's first state outdoor championship. [The track meet ended too late to be included in this edition. Please see Sunday's Sports section and next Thursday's Southern Maryland Extra for complete coverage.]
But Carter's small smile and settled manner spoke nothing of the dominating fashion in which Carter and seniors Kaneeka Ingram, JaQuay Evans and sophomore Sidney Luke won the race. The Wolverines snatched a lead in the second leg of the race thanks to Evans, and Luke and Carter furthered the lead.
"Kathryne is very calm and never gets too excited. She goes out and gets the job done," Westlake Coach Beth Shook said. "That's just the way she is."
The Wolverines 4x200 team, which except for the addition of Luke has been running together for the past three years, completed an undefeated season in which they also won both Southern Maryland Athletic Conference and regional championships.
"I am excited, but I am also sad because this is our last time together," Carter said. "But it does feel nice to finally get a gold medal here" at states.
The Wolverines certainly weren't the only winners. Thomas Stone junior Amy Bilmanis broke her third state discus record in the past three years with a 46.78-meter throw that fell nearly 13 meters ahead of second-place Damascus freshman Jacquelyn Adcock's throw.
In what has become something of a tradition for Bilmanis since her freshman year, her father and throwing coach Andy Bilmanis received a congratulatory cell phone call for Amy from her older brothers, Andy and Tim, who are both state record-holders themselves.
"This was a goal of mine and I knew I could get it. I just had to throw it on the right day," Bilmanis said. "There at the final throw, I knew my brother was calling my [father on his cell phone] . . . I felt like I had people calling me from all over the place."
By the end of Friday's events, the Northern boys' team had taken first place in 3A competition with 24.5 points ahead of second-place North Carroll, which had 17 points. Northern had its best finish from senior Kyle Parker, whose 6.68-meter long jump captured second place.
Thomas Stone's girls' team, largely because of Bilmanis, had the next-best finish among 3A girls with a second-place total of 20 points, just behind first-place Largo, which had 34 points.
"The discus is certainly what Amy is most passionate about," Thomas Stone coach Rhonda Milhouse said. "I've said this before, but she has become a master of her craft, and she is able to dissect what she does and better herself."
Among the top individual finishers, McDonough senior Sean Thompson took first in the 3A shot put with a throw of 16.72 meters. Also in the boys' 3A competition, Lackey's 4x200 relay team of Dante Page, Carlos Bell, Allan Bachman and Courtney Knight took first in 1:29.45.