On a record-setting day, Brunswick High senior Matt Baum had one criticism of his performance in the pole vault at yesterday's Maryland 2A/1A state track and field championships: He should have kept his standards. When Baum vaulted 13 feet 1 inch on his first attempt, he was surprised at how easily he floated over the bar.
So he moved his standards -- the adjustable equipment that holds the crossbar at a particular point above the ground -- horizontally from 19 inches to 21 inches, hoping that would give him even more clearance in later vaults.
But on his attempt of 13-4, Baum's chest brushed against the bar, causing it to bounce several times before finally toppling. The crowd at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover let out a collective "awww" as Baum lay sprawled in the pit, thinking about what might have been.
"The first thing I thought when I hit the mat was regret," said Baum, whose first vault established a new 1A record, breaking the previous mark of 13 feet, set in 1983. "I blew right through the first [attempt] so I pushed the standards back. If I'd just left it at 19 [inches] I would've cleared it easily."
Baltimore Polytechnic scored 52 points to win the team title while Liberty (Carroll County) placed second with 44. Baltimore's Digital Harbor was third with 43 points.
On the girls' side, Digital Harbor captured the team title with 50 points. Poolesville was runner-up for the second straight year with 43 points while Central, last year's champion, finished third with 38.
Senior Eunice Jones of Central scored wins in the 500-meter dash and the 800 while teammate Selena Haggins won the 55 hurdles. Poolesville did not produce an individual winner, but had three runner-up finishes that keyed its performance. Senior Meghan Rose took second in the 500 while sophomore Jenny Reid was second in the 3,200.
Junior Aunye Boone, Calvert's only representative, made the most of her trip, winning the 55 meters in a record 7.24 seconds and the 300 in 40.7 seconds.
2A/1A State Meet
Double-stuffed:Because of last week's inclement weather, the Landover complex hosted the 3A/2A West Region meet at the same time it ran the 2A/1A state meet. However, meet officials had little trouble hosting twice the number of schools and athletes.
Region Supremacy: Senior Chris Brewington won the 300 and the 500 to lead Howard to the 3A/2A West Region title.