ANNAPOLIS, JAN. 30 -- Camille Phillips likes to say, "You're only as good as your next race." The Largo High School senior lived up to that statement tonight, earning hard-fought victories in the 300 and 500 meters in the Prince George's County championships at Halsey Field House.
Central's girls won the team title with 81 points, Bowie followed with 46 and Laurel had 41.
Suitland won the boys title with 78 points. Eleanor Roosevelt was second with 66 and High Point was third with 46.
Phillips won the 300 by a large margin over Oxon Hill's Melanie Blackless in 41.82. Phillips, the third seed in the 500, took the lead in the first 200 meters and hung on to defeat Central's Karmen Roberts, 1:17.15-1:17.53.
Suitland's Thomas Bowman, who had been bothered by injuries, also doubled in the long sprint events. Bowman dove for the win in the 300 (35.31) and led comfortably for 2 1/2 laps for the victory in the 500 (1:04.35). Bowman also won the 800 (1:57.31) then anchored the winning mile relay team.
Just a few weeks ago, after winning the high jump at an invitational with a sub-par jump of 6 feet 6, Friendly senior Gerard Williams assured onlookers that he would be closing in on 7-0 later in the season. He's making good on his claim, winning the county title by six inches at 6-9.
In the boys mile, Eleanor Roosevelt senior Greg Early shadowed Central junior Steven White for the first half of the eight-lap race, before running past him to win easily in 4:25.97. White finished second in 4:32.44.
Laurel senior Jenny Athey took the early lead in the girls mile and her advantage over top seed Robin Quinlan of Bowie, the Maryland state Class AA cross country champion, grew with each lap. Athey won in 5:23.05. Quinlan finished six seconds later.