Largo indoor track standout Devonni Farrar had a long year. The junior was hampered with a hamstring injury for much of the season, and it continued Monday during the Maryland 2A/1A state championships at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.
Farrar was understandably antsy after her team had finished competing, having to wait in the arena’s bleachers for about a half hour watching the final events of the afternoon before final scores were tallied.
“I was anxious,” Farrar said, “because I thought we got second.”
Their patience was rewarded as the Lions narrowly edged Liberty for the 2A girls’ state championship in Landover. Largo was the only area team to claim hardware in the girls’ competition. Middletown took third, while Boonsboro claimed the 1A state title over second place Western Tech and third place Northwestern.
Douglass was the lone area boys’ team to hold a place, finishing third in the 2A championship behind Century and Long Reach. Pikesville won the 1A boys championship, followed by Boonsboro and Smithsburg.
Farrar was the catalyst for the Largo girls, winning the 500-meter dash (1:16:41), and she placed second in the 300 meters. The Lions also swept the 4x200 and 4x400 relays, and placed third in the 4x800 behind Liberty and Catoctin.
“I just ran . . . motivation to win. I really wanted to win,” Farrar said. “I got through it today.”
In the girls’ pole vault, Oakdale sensation Emma King shattered her own event record of 11 feet 9.5 inches by clearing 12 feet6 inches — which is a new state and meet record, and Oakdale finished fifth in the 2A.
Behind two first-place finishes from Marcell Preston (300, 500 meters), Largo’s boys nearly joined its girls with a trophy of their own Monday, but fell short after Douglass rallied in the 4 x400 meter relay late in the competition. Douglass junior Terrell Green joined Preston with two individual titles, rallying in the final leg of the 800 meters and the 1600 meters, which he won over Catoctin’s David Dorsey by a fraction of a second in what was perhaps the afternoon’s most breathtaking finish.
“Honestly I had a point, I was kind of racing for second . . . I was just trying to run my own race and keep that silver in my pocket,” Green said. “This is by far the biggest win I’ve ever had, in my life.”
Sophomore runner Julia Nardone, who helped Glenelg to a share of sixth place in the 2A girls competition, shared Green’s emotions on Monday. After winning the 1,600-meter title (5:09:75), she tried the 3,200-meter race for the first time in her career and won the race by six seconds. It was yet another terrific showing during a day that was headlined by athletes like Farrar and Green — speedsters who still have more time left in their high school careers.
“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it because I wasn’t even gonna to run indoor [this season],” Nardone said of claiming two state championships in one day. “So being able to come from that, and winning both these races, I think it’s amazing.”