Rainy and breezy conditions could not dampen the quest for a second straight Baltimore County outdoor track and field championship from the Dulaney boys and Hereford girls in the meet held Saturday at Dulaney High.
Both teams repeated as champions.
Dulaney (123 points) finished ahead of Towson (72), Dundalk (45), Hereford (44) and Randallstown (43). Hereford (149) coasted past Franklin (108), Randallstown (45), Milford Mill (42) and Parkville (34).
Dulaney high jumper Nico Yarbough set a meet and county record when he cleared the bar officially at 6-feet, 8 ¾ inches.
Yarbough left the event thinking he cleared 6-10 and he did, but that was revised.
"It was [6-10] when he cleared it, but since it was a meet and county record we had to go back and measure it in the center of the bar and it was officially 6-8 ¾," Dulaney coach Chad Boyle said.
Yarbough, who signed a letter-of-intent to participate in track and field at Sacred Heart University next year was elated.
"I woke up a little late and just came here and I knew today was the day," Yarbough said. "I was definitely feeling it today."
He cleared the bar at 6-10 on his second attempt.
"I just felt great. I just did 6-10 and that's a big step," he said.
He tried 7-feet and that's when the wet conditions caught up to him.
"I slipped on the 7-feet jump," said Yarbough, who was also third in the 300 hurdles, ahead of teammate Brett Sproul.
Boyle wasn't surprised at his performance.
"He's a big-game performer and he likes that limelight," Boyle said.
Another quality highlight for the Lions came from junior Alex Ozbolt in the 800-meter run. He won in a time of 1:58.71.
"That's a big breakthrough for him," Boyle said. "To win a county championship is a big confidence boost for him because he's been knocking on the door to winning."
The only other individual winner for the Lions was junior James Green, who captured the 400 meters (49.41).
The 4x800 relay team of Ozbolt, Donovan Johnson, Nick Owens and Corey Pentz (8:32.13) was second to the front-running Towson quartet of Jack Morgan, Brian Golliher, Mitchell Weiss and Vicente Iglesias (8:27.80).
Towson also got a pair of wins from senior Jon Ellis in the 1,600 (4:26.7) and 3,200 (9:57.20).
"I think he just decided this was going to be his day," Towson coach Gil Stange said. "I don't remember us ever having a dual county champion in the 1,600 and 3,200."
Stange, who started with the program 26 years ago, doesn't ever recall his boys finishing second in a county meet.
That's why hearing his team was on top at one point made his day.
"After some of the early events we were ahead, so it was kind of fun to have that," Stange said.
Senior Andrew Shuck added a victory in the 300 hurdles (40.94) and second in the 110 hurdles (15.57).
Dulaney coach Boyle was aware the Generals were for real.
"My hats off to them. They had a great performance and they should be in good shape for their regional and state championship meet," Boyle said.
Boyle feels the same about his squad.
"It's not always pretty, but the great thing about our team over the last four or five years is we are really well-rounded and we are scoring in all event areas and picking up wins where we can and that's how you win track meets."
Other individual winners in the boys meet included Hereford's Mike Nash (shot put and discus), Dundalk's Yourry Tapande (100 and 200), Pikesville's Varmah Siryon (110 hurdles), Hereford's Greg Leasure (pole vault) and Perry Hall's Theophilus Williams (long jump and triple jump).
The Hereford girls again proved its depth is the strongest as they scored points in 16 of 18 events.
"The bottom line is our kids know they are going to run in all their events," Hereford coach Brad Duvall said. "They are not going to back out of events no matter what the score is and no matter what is going on in the meet."
Hereford's only individual winners were Kelly Wesolowski in the 3,200 (11:15.12) and Alex Butz in the pole vault (9-6).
The Bulls won three relays.
Julia Zemanek, Bess Tiller, Hannah Weeren and Julia Watt won the 4x200 relay (1:52.46).
Emily Stricker, Lilly Robertson, Hannah Ace and Weeren won the 4x800 relay (10:19.16) and
Watt, Weeren, Emily Konkus and Kara Schmidt won the 4x400 relay (4:20.33).
Konkus summed up the strategy the relay quartet after winning the 4x400 in the final race of the day.
"I think it was just going with as much energy as we had, because all of us had run a lot today, so we were putting our trust in that we can always come back in the end and finish," Konkus said. "We've been sitting our in the rain all day so I think we all just wanted to finish."
Earlier in the day Konkus was second (5:15.85) in the 1,600, Wesolowski was third (5:17.82) and Emily Francis was fourth (5:21.19).
"Our milers ran great today in the 1,600," Duvall said. "Emily Konkus ran another PR [personal record] for the year and Emily Francis has dropped 15 seconds in her last four races. She's been absolutely incredible."
Wesolowski admitted she was feeling off, but still won the 3,200.
"I didn't really feel great running. My legs felt pretty heavy, but I still won and gave us the points we needed to win," she said. "When you have days like that, you kind of have to stay positive."
It was nothing but position for Franklin junior Nyjari McNeil who won the 400 (56.70), 800 (2.22) and 1,600 (5:10.63).
Other winners in the girls individual events included New Town's Janiya Valentine (100 and 200), Randallstown's Jessica Roney (110 hurdles), Franklin's Tyler Colbert (300 hurdles and long jump) and Sydney Gilbert (high jump), Randallstown's Lola Salami (triple jump), Milford Mill's Grace Carter (shot put) and Parkville's Yasmine Paye (discus).