The Century boys showed their depth at Saturday's Pikesville Track Classic.
Julian Woods won three different events, and Jake Stefanick finished first in another, but it was Chandler Kennell's late win in the pole vault — the last event to finish — that pushed No. 2 Century past No. 6 Digital Harbor at Pikesville.
Kennell set a meet record with his effort of 14 feet, one inch. Nicholas Neral added a fourth-place finish in the event, and those 13 points let Century (69) top Digital Harbor (60).
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For the girls, strong performances from Lahni Clifton and Eboni Watford helped No. 6 Milford Mill edge Howard and No. 1 McDonogh.
Woods won the long jump, 110-meter hurdles and set a meet record in the 300 hurdles (37.51 seconds). The senior said he loved going against tough competition early in the spring season.
"For me, [this meet] puts me up against the best competition in the state and lets me see what I can do," Woods said. "For the team, it's huge. We have so many people doing so well."
Stefanick won the high jump (6-4) for the Knights, and George Rought finished second to Woods in the 110 hurdles. Kennell and Neral, however, made the difference late after
Digital Harbor won the 400 and 1,600 relay to pull ahead by four.
For the girls, Milford Mill finished with 53 points to beat Howard (52) and McDonogh (49).
"They're both seniors, and those are the two that have been carrying us," Milford Mill assistant coach Steve Harris said about Clifton and Watford. "They came through."
Watford finished second in both the 200 and 400, and placed third in the 100. Clifton ran to third-place finishes in the 300 hurdles and 400, as well as fifth place in the 100 hurdles. Destiny Sutherland-King finished second in the 300 hurdles.
With a late rally, Howard passed McDonogh and finished just behind the Millers.
Christine London won the 100, setting a meet record of 14.34 seconds. She also finished first in the 300 and Bre Hamilton won the long jump.
London and Hamilton also ran on the Lions' victorious 400 relay team, along with Natalie Talley and Kelsey Wright.
"This builds a little confidence for the kids," Howard coach Tyler Wade said. "It shows we can step out on the bigger stage."
Perry Hall's Vince Ciattei set meet records with wins in the 800 (1:53.42) and the 1,600 (4:14.39).
Nate Gainey from Mount Hebron also won twice. The senior, who is headed for the Naval Academy, set a meet record in the 400 (48.68), won the 200 and ran on the second-place 1,600 relay team.
"It's great to finally get to run against strong competition," Gainey said. "It's also great because I know a bunch of the guys, and it's fun to race people you know."
Lakin Hatcher of McDonogh was the only multiple-event winner for the girls (100 and 200).
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