No. 1 Century boys, No. 5 Mount Hebron boys win state titles in track and field

The Century boys won the indoor track state title by 39 points in February — and they did even better at the outdoor track and field championship meet.

The Knights raced to a big lead early and cruised home with the school's first outdoor track and field state title at Morgan State on Saturday.

Century scored 111 points to win the Class 2A title with a 49-point victory over second-place Long Reach (62). The Knights won every meet they were in this spring, completing the perfect performance with this rout.

"I knew what we had [this season], we had depth," Century coach Tony Griner said. "I knew there'd be challenges. I just didn't expect everything to happen the way it did."

Century's depth showed at the state meet, where the Knights qualified in 14 of the 18 events, giving them plenty of chances to score.

Julian Woods led the way for the Knights with three individual victories — long jump, 110-meter hurdles, 300 — and he was also part of Century's victorious 800 relay team.

Jake Stefanick won the high jump Thursday for Century, and Caleb Vrzak and Duncan Ferrin finished second and fifth, respectively, in the shot put.

The No. 5 Mount Hebron boys edged No. 2 Hereford, 58-55, to win the Class 3A title.

Nate Gainey helped Mount Hebron with two strong performances, rallying late to win the 200 and finishing a close second in the 400. Jackson Porter came in second place in the 100 for the Vikings. In those three events, they scored 26 of their 58 points.

Hereford's Jon Luckin (1,600) and Kevin Payne (pole vault) each won an event, but the Bulls finished three points short of the team title.

For the girls, No. 4 Howard and No. 9 Western Tech both lost by only one point.

Thomas Stone finished second in the final event — the 1,600 relay — to beat Howard, 55-54, in Class 3A. For Howard, Christine London won twice (100, 300 hurdles), and Sydney Biniak came in first in the high jump.

Western Tech won the 1,600 relay in Class 1A at the end of the meet, but Boonsboro came in third place in the event to finish with 112 points, edging the Wolverines (111).

Sharon Dorsey nearly carried Western Tech to the title, winning the 200, 400 and anchoring the 1,600 relay team.

Perry Hall's Vince Ciattei ended his high school career with victories in the 800 and 1,600. The Virginia Tech-bound senior skipped the 3,200 on Friday to focus on running the 1,600 on Saturday, and he won in a time of 4:14.49.

"I wanted to get a really good [time] in the 1,600," he said. "The time wasn't what I was looking for, but the wind was really tough."

State Championship

(at Morgan State)

Class 1A