The wear and tear of a senior year of practicing, studying, competing, battling a pesky injury and choosing a college has taken a little bit of a toll on Oakland Mills senior Tony Cole.
But Cole saved one more big performance for his final high school meet, winning the 1A titles in the 100 and 200 meters in dominating fashion and leading the Scorpions to the team title at the Maryland track and field championships Saturday at Morgan State's Hughes Stadium.
"It's a good feeling, but at the same time I'm a little worn out," Cole said. "I'm more focused on the team championship today, doing what I can do for that. . . . It's the last meet of my high school career, you've got to go out strong."
The Scorpions won with 99 points, ahead of Williamsport (66) and Havre de Grace (46.5). Cole took the 100 in 10.80 seconds and the 200 in 21.97. Oakland Mills senior Karlton McCullough added two wins, in the 400 and 800.
Despite no first-place finishes, Middletown won the 2A boys' title for the fifth time in six years with 60 points, using five second-place performances. David Chesney was second in the pole vault, Steve Papuchis was second in the 300 hurdles, Kyle Manning was second in the 800 and the Middletown 4x800 relay team took second as well. Josh Aldana was second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles.
Glenelg All-Met senior Drew Graybeal had two wins, taking the 400 in 49.71 seconds and the 800 in 1:56.99. Graybeal won his first outdoor state titles.
"This was an emotional race for me," said Graybeal, who will run for Elizabethtown (Pa.) next year. "Primarily, I [hadn't made] a mark in outdoors, and I wanted to make up for that today."
Boonsboro took the 1A girls' title, scoring 97 points to Smithsburg's 96. Poolesville was third with 63.5 points. The 2A girls' title went to J.M. Bennett (65 points); Glenelg (39) was the top area finisher, in third.