Urbana senior Kurt Kuehne brought out his signature head-down running style one more time on the home stretch of the Maryland 3A boys' 1,600 meters at the Maryland track and field championships Saturday.
Eyes on the ground, Kuehne burst past Northern's Ryan Murphy in the final 100 meters and took the victory in that race, helping the Hawks claim the team title at Morgan State's Hughes Stadium.
"I was a little tired once at the end of the race, and I think I took my already-bad form and made it worse," Kuehne said after his second race, a second-place performance in the 800. "I guess it kind of became a trademark."
Urbana had 55 points, ahead of Annapolis (44) and Mervo (42).
Senior Quiteelia Boyd's championship in the shot put helped the Westlake girls win the team championship with 72 points. Western was second with 56, followed by Long Reach (54) and Paint Branch (52).
Westlake senior JaQuay Evans took second in the 100 and was fourth in the 200; her senior teammate Kathryne Carter was third in the 200. Both were part of winning 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
The Wolverines were 3A/2A state champions in the indoor season.
"Everybody came out and gave their all to win a state title," said Evans, an All-Met who will run for Mississippi next year. "We all wanted to end the year with a good race."
Senior Jared Fagan provided much of the Westlake boys' 40 points this weekend. Fagan won the 100 (10.64 seconds) and 200 (21.60) and was part of the Wolverines' 4x100 and 4x400 relays, which finished first and third, respectively. In what might have been his last meet -- Fagan will play football for Vanderbilt -- Fagan wanted a good race.
"I wanted to go out with a bang," Fagan said. "I wanted to win both of my races as fast as I could."
His Southern Maryland counterpart, senior Courtney Knight of Lackey, finished second behind Fagan in the 100 and 200 but pulled out his first career title in the 400 meters (49.34).
"I did [the 400] just to get stronger for the 200," Knight said. "Because I started to get so good, I stuck with it."
The Annapolis boys got to third with help from a 3,200 championship by junior Will Eden and a triple-jump title by Eric Herndon. Calvert senior Steven Knight won the boys' 110 hurdles, and McDonough senior Sean Thompson won the discus and shot put.