With one event remaining in the Class 1A North Region girls track and field championships, Sparrows Point had a 110-105 lead over Western Tech for the team title.
The Pointers didn’t have to beat the Wolverines in the event; they just had to stay close.
Randallstown won the race, but the Rams entered the event with 97 points and had no chance to catch Sparrows Point. Western Tech finished second, giving it 113 points.
Sparrows Point took third to win the team title by a 116-113 margin over Western Tech. The Pointers just had to finish higher than sixth (which would have left the two teams tied).
Randallstown (107) was third, followed by Carver A&T (99), Loch Raven (50), Pikesville (37), Chesapeake (33), Dunbar (28) and Forest Park (23).
Over the last four events — 200 meters, 800 meters, 400 relay and 1,600 relay — Randallstown scored 31 points, Western Tech scored 24 and Sparrows Point cored 16.
Fortunately for the Pointers, they entered those last four events with 100 points, to Western Tech’s 89 and Randallstown’s 76.
It gave the Pointers their second regional track team title of the year, to go along with the Class 1A North indoor title.
Sparrows Point built that just-comfortable-enough lead mainly through the duo of Mya King and Macy Gerbes.
King won three regional titles, taking the 100 hurdles (14.76), 300 hurdles (44.21) and the triple jump (36-2), and also finished second in the long jump (17-0.5), for 38 points.
Gerbes swept the 800 (2:27.49), 1,600 (5:35.49) and 3,200 meters (12:01.95) to score 30 points.
But it was the points the Pointers found in other places that helped them hold off the Wolverines.
Makayla Westry grabbed second place in both the discus (87-0) and shotput (33-9) for 16 points. Talia Mott took second in the high jump (4-6) and fifth in the 100 meters (13.18), to tally 12points.
Tebara Spruill snagged seventh in the 400 meters (1:04.74) for two points, while Emmaly Dingus added another two points by finishing seventh in 1,600 meters (6:51.51).
Marian Ambrosino took fifth in the 3,200 meters (16:49.24), which scored another four points. Nataia Roane was seventh in the triple jump (28-9.5): two points. The 3,200 relay finished sixth in 14:26.92 (three points).
Little points mean a lot.
Everyone who finished in the top four of an event advances to the Class 1A state championship meet on Thursday and Saturday at Morgan State University.
For the Sparrows Point boys, Noah Snyder qualified by taking second place in both the shotput (45-9) and discus (129-3.5.
T.J. Chamberlain was the only other Pointer to score in the region meet, placing seventh in the 300 hurdles (44.83).
Pikesville won the boys team title over Western Tech 198.5 to 162. Overlea was third with 72 points, followed by Dunbar (68.5), Randallstown (50), Lake Clifton (29), Loch Raven (24), Carver A&T (22) and Sparrows Point (18).