At the end of a long, nerve-racking and exhilarating day, Old Mill senior Anthony Littlejohn was stunned by what he and his team had achieved.
At the Maryland 4A track and field championships on Saturday, Littlejohn was the runner-up in the 800 and 1,600 meters and was part of the 4x400 relay, along with Kyle Rauser, Matt Taby and Darnell Dixon, that pulled a surprise in the final event, bringing the Patriots their first team 4A boys' track state championship in 13 years.
"I can't believe it," Littlejohn said. "I'm shocked with ourselves. I can't believe we did what we just did."
Trailing by 2.5 points and needing to finish two places ahead of Suitland in the 4x400 to win the state championship at Morgan State's Hughes Stadium, Old Mill pulled out an improbable win in 3 minutes 22.03 seconds, and Eleanor Roosevelt's team helped by finishing second, just ahead of Suitland.
Rauser won the 800 and Kevin Barnes won the high jump, helping Old Mill reach 94.5 points. Suitland, led by 200 and 400 wins by Serge McGill, was second with 93 points after winning two of the last three state championships.
"This was a total team effort," Rauser said. "Everybody did their most to get us a team title."
Michaylin Golladay fought off her usual nerves on Saturday to pull out three wins and lead Largo to the team title.
The All-Met was so excited about the championship meet that she woke up before 7 a.m. Twelve hours later, Golladay was still buzzing after her spectacular day that started with wins in the 100 and 200 and was completed with a come-from-behind anchor leg in the winning 4x100 relay. The performance propelled the Largo girls to the state championship for the third time in school history.
"I was so excited about the state meet, I had to force myself to eat this morning," said Golladay, who won the 100 in 12.12 seconds and the 200 in 24.32. "We've been really working hard [as a team], and we wanted the state championship. I don't even really know what to say, I'm so excited."
The Lions, who also got wins from sophomore high jumper Vicki Collier and senior triple jumper Sirdonea Davis, had 113 points, well ahead of C.H. Flowers' 84.5 and Eleanor Roosevelt's 80.
Martinez was a boys' double winner in the 1,600 and 3,200, while Arundel senior Bryan Jones won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Broadneck All-Met senior Lauren Centrowitz won the girls' 800 (2:13.73) and 1,600 (4:55.75), each in times that were 10th best in state meet history.
C.H. Flowers senior Tiffany Nesfield ended her high school career by finally capturing the elusive 100 hurdles record. In preliminaries on Friday evening, Nesfield finished in 13.72 seconds, beating by four-tenths of a second the record she had been eyeing since the start of her career. Yesterday, Nesfield won that race in 14.45 seconds and then took the 300 hurdles in 43.65.
"It was my last meet, I had to make the best of it," Nesfield said.