Westlake senior Quiteelia Boyd made her final toss in the shot put, quickly changed shoes and took off down the runway toward the long jump pit. Three jumps later, Boyd's successful day was done at the Maryland 3A South Region track meet at Lackey yesterday.
In all, Boyd competed in four events for the Wolverines, taking first place and setting meet records in the shot put (43 feet 23/4 inches) and discus (105-1) and finishing second in the long jump (16-41/4 inches) and triple jump (33-41/2 inches).
Her efforts helped the Westlake girls to the regional title with 177 points, well ahead of runner-up Severna Park (111 points) and third-place McDonough (64).
"I enjoy the complexity" of the field events, said Boyd, who is in her first year at Westlake after transferring from Laurel. "I'm not just running."
Boyd's arrival has brought a new dimension to a potent Westlake team that already featured an abundance of sprinting talent. Senior JaQuay Evans won the 100 (12.20 seconds) and 200 meters (24.70), senior Crystal Farmers won the 300 hurdles (47.6) and the Westlake girls' teams took top honors in the 4x100 relay (50.40), 4x200 (1:40.90) and the 4x400 (4:00.80).
"She's been a great addition," Westlake Coach Beth Shook said of Boyd.
"She's just been fantastic. She's a motivator for the team and a team leader and has done a great job in all four events."
Severna Park sophomore Jessica Strange left the meet as a two-time region champion, winning the 400 in a record 57.50 and the 800 in 2:28.40.
The boys' champion, Northern, relied on its depth to capture the 3A title with 107 points. The Patriots won just three events: the long jump (senior Solomon Plater, 21-33/4), the 800 (senior Ryan Murphy, 2:00.30) and the 4x800 (8:13.80). Westlake's boys finished second with 87.5 points and Annapolis took third with 76.
Murphy was also involved in one of the best races of the day, the boys' 1,600. With 300 meters to go, Murphy and La Plata senior Travis Wray broke free from a pack of seven runners and sprinted toward the finish. Murphy turned for the final 100 meters with Wray lurking just over his right shoulder. With a burst of speed, Wray surged to the lead and narrowly held off Murphy to capture the race in 4:26.10.
Westlake senior Jared Fagan won the 100 (10.40) and 200 (21.60). Annapolis senior Larry Beavers was also a two-time winner, capturing the 110 hurdles (14.80) and the 300 hurdles (40.00).
McDonough senior Sean Thompson won the shot put (53-10) and the discus (147-10), and Lackey's Courtney Wright won the 400 in a meet-record 48.80 seconds.
Note: The temperature was in the nineties throughout, and Leonardtown senior Bobby Steinbach collapsed after a 400-meter heat. He was taken by ambulance to Civalis Hospital in La Plata, where he had heat stroke diagnosed.
His condition improved, Coach Shawn Snyder said, but Steinbach was expected to remain at the hospital overnight for observation.