Once again, Lackey senior Courtney Knight finished in second place just behind Westlake senior Jared Fagan in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the 3A boys' competition of the Maryland outdoor track and field championships at Morgan State's Hughes Stadium.
But contrary to popular belief, it doesn't matter to Knight, the Chargers standout said Saturday after his 400-meter championship.
"It's funny, everybody talks about it all the time, but it doesn't bother me at all," Knight said. "We're good friends, and that's fine with me."
Knight was right behind Fagan in both races, just as he was in last month's 3A South regionals. Fagan took the 100 in 10.64 seconds and the 200 in 21.60 seconds; Knight was second with a 10.97 time in the 100 and 22.16 time in the 200.
Knight won the 400, a race he originally took up as a way to get stronger for the shorter sprints, in a time of 49.34. Last year, Knight won the 2A titles in the 100, 200 and was part of winning 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
"We weren't sure about our 4x200 relay, so I decided to do the 400 instead," Knight said. "I did it to get stronger in the 200. Because I started to get so good, I stuck with it."
Fagan, who will play football for Vanderbilt University next year, was dazzling once again in capturing his two races and also in the winning 4x100 relay. Fagan's times in the 100 and 200 were best among all classifications, and his 4x100 leg on the straightaway at Morgan State was impressive in leading the relay to victory.
"I wanted to go out with a bang," Fagan said. "This might be my last track meet, so I wanted to make the most of it."
Calvert senior Steven Knight and McDonough senior Sean Thompson were the only other Southern Maryland winners in the 3A boys' meet. Knight took the 110 hurdles in 14.34 seconds, while Thompson won the shot put (54 feet 10 1/2 inches) and discus (149 feet 5).
Westlake's girls, with their deep roster and speedy relay teams, took home the team championship in 3A with 72 points. The Wolverines won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays, and senior Quiteelia Boyd won the shot put and took third in the discus.
While Thompson won the boys' 3A discus, he was actually outdistanced by Thomas Stone junior Amy Bilmanis, who had Southern Maryland's top throw in winning the girls' 4A discus. Bilmanis, the Penn Relays runner-up in April, had a season-best throw of 153-6 to win the event on Saturday. Thomas Stone ended up with 30 points to finish in fifth in the team competition.