The Dundalk boys track and field team didn’t have the depth coach Kevin Tran had envisioned during the Class 3A North region championships on Saturday at Patapsco High.
Not as much, but still enough.
The Owls won the regional title by a 107-93 margin over Franklin. Milford Mill was third with 91 points, followed by Edgewood (75), Towson (74), Bel Air (61), Aberdeen (62), C. Milton Wright (51) and Patapsco (42).
It is believed to be the first regional team title for the Owls since 1990.
“I’ve been doing the meet projections for a couple of weeks,” Tran said. “I knew we had a good shot. What made me nervous were hamstring injures to Marquis Marable and Jordan Williams.”
Marable was limited, and had to skip the high jump, where he was seeded second. Williams was unable to compete at all.
“But our depth was deep enough to fill in the holes,” Tran said.
Taishaun Craddock provided a large part of it for Dundalk. He swept the 110 hurdles (14.94) and the 300 hurdles (38.95, breaking a school record that had stood since 1975), and anchored the regional champion 400 and 800 relay teams.
The Owls also got 21 points in the pole vault, with K.J. Welch winning the event in 10-3, Malik Brown also clearing 10-3 to take second, and Angelo Cromwell lacing sixth in 8-3.
Adam Lmansour won the 200-meter dash in 22.32, finished second in the 400 meters (49.96) and also ran legs on the 400 and 800 relays.
Thomas Hamby won the discus (35-10) and took second in the shotput (50-5).
Franklin did not score in the pole vault, giving the Owls a 21-point boost from the event the Indians could not make up elsewhere.
A second-place finish in the long jump (eight points), fourth place in the triple jump (five points) and seventh in the high jump (two points), all events in which Dundalk did not score, wasn’t enough for Franklin as the Indians were also shut out in the shotput and discus.
All told, Dundalk outscored Franklin 39-15 in the field events.
The Owls also picked up some key points from Se’Vion Thompson, who was fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.28) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (43.22), good for seven points.
Welch also snagged two more team points by finishing seventh in the 300 hurdles (44.85). Both runners scored in the 300 hurdles out of the slow heat.
In the 400 relay, Craddock and Lmansour were joined by Brown and Dallion Smith as they won the race in 43.08.
In the 800 relay, Smith, Lmansour and Craddock were joined by Thompson and finished in 1:29.53.
Every Owl who finished in fourth place or higher qualified for the Class 3A state track and field championships on Thursday and Saturday at Morgan State University.
For the Patapsco boys, Alair Sapp qualified by taking forth in the high jump with a height of 5-7.
In the Class 3A North girls regional meet, Erin Palmer of Patapsco won individual titles in the 100 hurdles (15.05) and 200 meters (25.75. She also finished fourth in the 100 meters (12.74) and led off the sixth-place 400 relay (52.78).
Miranda Byrd took second in the long jump (16-1.5) for the Patriot girls, and Jasmine Mosley was seventh in the discus (76-2).
The quartet of Ashya Hill, Byrd, Tashera Colclough and Olivia Lynch took fifth in the 800 relay (1:53.26) for Patapsco.
Hill, Colclough and Lanyia Jacobs joined Palmer on the 400 relay (52.78).
The 3,200-relay of Corrine Barco, Wasilat Dosunmu, Karlee Foote and Madison Magaha finished sixth in 11:57.3.
For Dundalk, Keyona Henry advanced to the state meet by taking second in the shotput (29-9.5). Tatyana Whiting finished seventh in the discus (71-11).
Woodlawn won the team title over Franklin, 122-115. Bel Air (107) was third, followed by C. Milton Wright (86.5), Towson (78), Edgewood (53.5), Patapsco (47), Parkville (28), Aberdeen (15) and Lansdowne (14).