Several standout individual performances helped the Dundalk boys track and field team to a sixth-place finish in the team standings during the Class 3A state championship meet on Friday and Saturday at Morgan State University.
Taishaun Craddock brought home three medals for the Owls, while Thomas Hamby earned two medals.
Craddock took the silver in the 110 hurdles, placing second with a time of 14.55. Almighty Williamson of Digital Harbor won the gold with a time of 14.24.
Craddock finished third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.79, behind Zachary Simpson of Oxon Hill (38.92) and Durrell Brooks of Great Mills (39.62).
He also anchored Dundalk's third-place 800-meter relay.
Hamby took the silver in the shotput with a career-best distance of 52-1.5 that was five inches short of breaking a school record that was set back in the 1970's.
Brian Duperval of J.M. Bennett won the gold with a distance of 53 feet — three feet longer than any of his other four throws.
Hamby managed to finish second on only two attempts after fouling on four of his six throws.
In the discus, Hamby took the bronze medal with a throw of 147-2. That was four inches from second place (147-6). Christopher Trovinger of North hagerstown won with a distance of 152-3.
Hamby was the only athlete in Class 3A to medal in both the shotput and the discus.
Dundalk took third in the 800 relay in a tight race that saw the top three places separated by one-tenth of a second. It also saw the winning team come out of the slow heat.
That was North Hagerstown, clocked at 1:28.75.
Dundalk and Watkins Mill battled to the finish line in the fast heat, with Watkins Mills edging the Owls by the slimmest of margins: 1:28.85 to 1:28.86.
Se'Vion Thompson led off the relay for Dundalk, followed by Dallion Smith, Adam Lmansour and Craddock.
Smith, Lmansour and Craddock also ran the 400 relay for Dundalk, with Malik Brown leading off the relay.
The Owls finished eighth with a time of 44.21. Not enough to medal, but it scored a team point for Dundalk.
Watkins Mill won the race in 42.14.
Lmansour competed in the 200 meters but did not advance to the finals. He did finish in eighth place in the 400 meters with a time of 51.28.
Emmanuel Ibeh of Reservoir won the event in 49.73.
Huntingtown won the Class 3A boys title over Watkins Mill, 58-55, followed by Chopticon (44), Linganore (39.5), North hagerstown (37), Dundalk (36), Reservoir (31), Bennett (29), Tuscarora (27) and Milford Mill and Franklin (23).
In Class 1A, Noah Snyder of Sparrows Point finished ninth in the shotput with a distance of 43-4.5.
Henry Kanu of Largo won with a distance of 52-3.
Snyder finished 13th in the discus with a throw of 116-7. The state title went to Rodney Gross of Overlea and his trow of 153-3.
Lackey won the Class 1A boys team title over Largo, 78-62, followed by Douglass-PG (52), Boonsboro (52), Bohemia Manor (50), Snow Hill (48), Overlea (46), Pikesville (35) and Western tech (30).
Oakdale won the Class 2A title over Century, 85-68. The highest baltimre County team was eastern Tech, in12th place with 20 points.
Northwest held off Dulaney for the Class 4A title, 75-55.