The Maryland 4A outdoor track and field championships last weekend were the culmination of a season that has been at least partly surprising to Eleanor Roosevelt freshman Dominique Lockhart.
Lockhart won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs and took fourth in the 800 meters. Her performance was perhaps the best during a dominating performance by the Raiders, who won the state title by 64 points.
"I didn't expect the times to be the fastest," Lockhart said. "But I work hard."
Roosevelt had 149 points, well ahead of defending champion and Prince George's County rival Largo (85). Of the eight individual running events, the Raiders had first-place finishes in six, two by Lockhart, two by senior All-Met Bever-leigh Holloway (100 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and one apiece by Louisiana State University-bound senior Carliesa Meakes (400 meters) and sophomore Tameka Jameson (800 meters).
The Raiders girls also had ample secondary points by athletes who didn't finish first. Holloway was third in the 100, Meakes third in the 200, Jameson second in the 400, Lockhart fourth in the 800 and sophomore Marika Walker second in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600.
With the win, Roosevelt completed a sweep of the girls' cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track state titles.
The boys, meantime, had it a bit tougher, clinching a back-and-forth battle over Oxon Hill by winning the 4x400-meter relay. Individual wins in the 400 and 800 and gutsy performances in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays by senior All-Met Romaine McKay secured the win for the Raiders, who had 86 points. The Clippers, despite wins by William Bailey (200), Brandon Miles (long jump) and Anthony Simmons (300 hurdles), fell just short, with 83 points.
On Friday evening, McKay came from behind in the anchor leg of the 4x800 to beat Walter Johnson's Andrew Jesien, the All-Met Athlete of the Year, by one one-hundredth of a second. He edged Jesien again the next day in the 800, coming back to win by less than a second.
"I was a little tired, but I figured this is my last meet, my last run, so I'm going to live with this for the rest of my life," McKay said after the 800. "I figured, hey, this is my last one, I've got to lay it all on the line."
Largo: High Class
Largo's girls finished second with 85 points -- a total that would have won state titles in 1A and 2A. Keying the finish was junior All-Met Michaylin Golladay, who bounced back from an injury-plagued season to win two state titles, in the long jump and in the 200. Golladay, who won the 100, 200 and long jump to lead the Lions.
Golladay was county runner-up in both the 100 and 200.
"I didn't get a chance to run [the sprints] like I wanted to this season," Golladay said. "It does [feel good to win], especially since at counties I didn't do as good a job as I wanted to." . . .
Despite the team loss, Bailey got a nice finale to his high school career by winning the 200 over All-Met Larrone Moore, who had earlier taken the state 100 title and was the county champ in the 100 and 200.
Moore had the lead heading into the final 50 meters, but Bailey passed him to win in 21.77 seconds.
"I just never gave up," Bailey said. "I just put it all out on the track that we could beat him." . . .
In 2A, county girls' winners included Friendly junior Alexis Booker, who won the 100, and Central junior Jemu Zarzar, who won the 400. In 3A, Douglass senior Starema Flood was one of the only area athletes to win a title, capturing the 800 title in a career-best time of 2:16.61. She also ran on a winning 4x400 relay.
In 4A, C.H. Flowers won the 4x400 relay, and senior Heather Patton won the high jump. Largo junior Vicki Collier won the triple jump.
Forestville's Wayne Moten was a double winner in 2A, winning the 200 and 400 titles. Douglass junior Marcus Barnett won the 3A high jump. In 4A, Largo senior Marcus Green won the discus throw with a career-best mark of 150 feet 8 inches.