Gaithersburg can be a tricky team to beat. The Trojans often clean up in the hurdles and field events to tilt the outcome in their favor. Watkins Mill Coach Kevin Watson observed this last year.
This year's Watkins Mill team attacked Gaithersburg head-on in the field events and hurdles. Though Gaithersburg swept the high jump against Watkins Mill, WM's Patrick Schlosser won the shot put and discus while Dontay Hears won the long jump with a mark of 20-07. Damiete Roberts returned from ineligibility to contribute in the triple jump and win the 110-meter hurdles in 15.1.
Watkins Mill defeated Gaithersburg 80-56 and defeated Blair 94 to 41.
William Yougnia and Sterling Cadeau from Watkins Mill each won or tied in two events on the track. The Watkins Mill runners got a taste of Blair's two most talented athletes: Kevin Fallett and Urgy Eado.
On the opening leg of the 4x800, Cadeau was surprised to be pushed by Eado. Cadeau edged out Eado at the handoff, but only after the Blair freshman pushed to a 2:01 800m split. Watkins Mill ran away with the relay after the first leg to win in 8:42.
In the closest race of the day, Blair's Fallett ran a hard opening 200 meters in the 400-meter dash. Cadeau came charging back down the final stretch and raised his arm as he leaned forward to get passed Fallett right at the finish line. The action of raising the arm did not actually do anything to determine the winner, but it did seem to pull his body even at the final moment. The meet official called it a tie with the official time being 51.9.
Cadeau also won the open 800 in 2:08.
After winning two races by large margins (the 100 in 11.1h and the 200 in 21.6h), it was Yougnia's turn to meet Eado. On the second leg of the 4x400 relay, Yougnia gained control of the race over Gaithersburg, but the young distance runner from Blair came charging from behind to challenge Yougnia. This boosted Yougnia who maintained his lead at the handoff. Watkins Mill won the race by over five seconds in 3:33.7 (Cadeau anchored in 51.8).
Yougnia said that he felt good in the 100 and 200, but needs to get in shape for the 400 for when they meet Churchill later this season.
Cadeau said the team is definitely working hard to repeat as division, county, and region champs. They also want to pick up where they left off at the state meet and continue to improve into next year (there are still many non-seniors on the team).
In addition to splitting 2:01 on the 4x800 relay and challenging one of the best sprinters in the county on the 4x400, the Blair freshman, Urgy Eado, won the 1600 and 3200 in 4:52 and 10:32.
Eado's female freshman counterpart, Morgana D'Ottavi, lifted the Blair girls over Gaithersburg and Watkins Mill with wins in the 1600 (5:44), 3200 (12:38), and contributions in the winning 4x800 and 4x400.
Yet another freshman, Gaithersburg's Alexia Mitchell, won the 100m (12.5), 200m (26.2), and contributed to the winning 4x100 and 4x200.
Gaithersburg state champion Chelsea Harris cleared 5-04 in the high jump and also won the 100-meter hurdles.