As the championships of the Maryland 3A boys' 200-meter dash ended Saturday afternoon at Morgan State University's Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, 1A champ Tony Cole paused for a moment to hear the announcements of the winning time for Westlake senior Jared Fagan: three-tenths of a second faster than Cole's.
"Man, I can't get a break today," Cole said.
Although not putting on the dominating performance he had hoped for in his high school finale, Cole was still dazzling in carrying the Oakland Mills boys to the 1A state championship.
Still trying to fend off a pesky hamstring injury that kept him sidelined at the Howard County championships, Cole nevertheless won the 100 and 200 and was part of the winning 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.
A year earlier, Cole won the 100 in the fastest time among all classifications.
"It's the last meet of my high school career; you've got to go out strong," Cole said. "What was important to me was getting the points for my team. That's why I did the [4x400 relay]."
Karlton McCullough won the 400 and 800 as the Scorpions compiled 99 points, ahead of Williamsport's 66 and Havre de Grace's 46.5.
Aside from Oakland Mills, the top team finishers among Howard County schools were the Long Reach girls, who finished third in 3A, and the Glenelg boys and girls, both third in 2A.
Timisha Gomez won the 300 hurdles for the Lightning, and she was second in the triple jump and 100 hurdles. Jessica Hibbert led Glenelg's girls with a second-place finish in the 3,200 meter run, and Elaina Christmas took third in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.
Gladiators senior Drew Graybeal completed his high school career with wins in the 400 and 800.