BALTIMORE -- Even though Andrew Jesien was unable to win all four events he participated in, the Walter Johnson senior still left his mark on the Maryland 4A track and field championships last weekend at Morgan State University. The four-time All-Met -- the reigning athlete of the year for both cross- country and outdoor track -- helped generate all 36 of his team's points.
Jesien won two events, the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, finished second in the 800 and was the anchor leg of the Wildcats' second-place 4x800-meter relay. Jesien won the 1,600 in 4 minutes 19.61 seconds, and his winning 3,200-meter time was a career-best 9:19.84.
Walter Johnson managed fifth place overall, behind Eleanor Roosevelt, which won with 86 points. Gaithersburg was the top Montgomery county team, finishing third with 58 points, led by senior Joey Robinson's win in the 110-meter hurdles. Gaithersburg senior Zach Martinez had a second-place finish in the 1,600 and a third-place finish in the 3,200.
Other county boys to win were Blake senior Kelvin Bright, who won the high jump in 6 feet 8 inches, and Richard Montgomery sophomore Matt Miller, who won the shot put; teammate Collin Clifford was second.
Gaithersburg's girls also finished third, scoring 45 points, well behind Eleanor Roosevelt's winning total of 149. The Trojans were led by senior Tenesha Hill, who won the 100 meters (11.97) and finished second in the 200. Other top performances included Wootton freshman All-Met Veronica Salcido's two second-place finishes in the 800 and 1,600, and Blair sophomore All-Met Halsey Sinclair's third-place finishes in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
Northwest's boys captured third in the 3A competition, finishing tied with Westlake with 41 points. Mervo won with 84 points.
The Jaguars were led by senior Calvin Perry, who was second in the 100, and junior Brandon Jackson-Mills, who was third in the 200. Senior Matt Logie captured third in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Poolesville junior Katelyn Poss earned a 1A title, capturing the shot put with a throw of 33 feet 41/2 inches. On the boys' side, Poolesville senior Greg Brooks won the 200 and took second in the 100 and fourth in the 400.