It was cold. It was wet. And scores of high school athletes were stuck outdoors, in the middle of it.
Few seemed to care.
In all, 17 state or city team championships involving Washington area schools were decided yesterday, with individual champions also crowned at cross-country meets in the District and Virginia. The Maryland and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football playoffs continued, and Virginia public school teams wrapped up postseason berths.
Indoors, Glenelg, Broadneck and Patuxent's volleyball teams claimed Maryland championships -- Glenelg in Class 2A, Patuxent in 3A and Broadneck in 4A. Glenelg's 15-10, 15-13, 15-12 victory over Towson gave the Gladiators their first state championship since 1995 and the only perfect record in Maryland.
At the Great Meadow course in The Plains, the Jefferson boys' cross-country team made it through the mess to claim its first Virginia AAA team championship, with junior Christo Landry taking fourth in the race. The Jefferson girls were swift despite the soaking, too, taking second behind James River of Richmond.
In Northwest Washington, the Gonzaga and St. John's football teams pushed each other around in the mud all afternoon, with Eagles kicker Jeff Furnary giving his team a 3-0 victory on a 37-yard field goal with 10 minutes left.
At UMBC in Catonsville, area soccer teams dominated on an artificial turf surface that was alternately quick thanks to the rain and slow in spots where puddles formed. The Oakland Mills and River Hill boys' teams won the Maryland 1A and 3A titles, respectively, and the Severna Park and Quince Orchard girls' teams prevailed in Class 3A and 4A, respectively, each in dramatic fashion.
The weather "doesn't matter, this is all that matters right here," said senior Justin Hughes of River Hill, pointing to his trophy. "The rain makes it even sweeter."