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The girls of Col. Zadok Magruder High School made an incredible push at the end of Saturday’s track and field state championships and took home some hardware from Morgan State University because of their performance.

With several events remaining, Magruder was sitting in sixth place, about 20 points out of first. That’s when freshman Stephanie Davis stepped up.

Davis had already squeaked past 400-meters champion Martha Sam from James H. Blake in the 100 earlier in the day. She would go on to beat Sam again in the 200. Then, she anchored Magruder’s 400 relay team of fellow freshman Ayanna Lynn, senior Bethany White and sophomore Keila Robertson to a first-place finish.

Ultimately, every point counted for Magruder, as they ended the day with 50 points and in a tie for first with Henry A. Wise, but one could argue that no event was more important than the relay.

The Colonels beat out Wise in that race. Had Wise won, Magruder would have been runner-up for the state championship.

For a little while, Clarksburg held the lead and appeared to be in a good position to challenge Wise themselves. The Coyotes would finish with 48 points, however, just two away from forcing a three-way tie. There were a number of events where the points could have been made up, but not in the shot put with Claudia Ababio coming through for the win.

“I know before the state meet started, we all talked together. There’s only six girls that qualified for states and we’re all doing the field events,” Ababio said. “And we were talking about our chances to win and what are goals were — so our goal wasn’t exactly to win, but everybody wanted to do their best, and I think we left it all on the track. So, we did our best. What more could you ask for?”

Clarksburg’s Alexus Pyles won the 100 hurdles.

For the boys, Thomas S. Wootton earned a second-place finish behind state champion Bowie.

The Patriots received incredible first-place races by their seniors, Alan Banks in the 300 hurdles and Urgy Eado in the 800, to contribute to the team total of 46 points.

“It feels amazing,” Eado said about winning the 800 in his final year. “It feels really good because our school has a good history of the [3,200 relay] which is the 800 for individuals, so I’m really happy to win that. Just keep the history going.”

Six points behind in fourth place was Northwest. They also had a championship runner in Diego Zarate, who was able to beat the likes of Eado in the 1,600.

“A little tired, but I got a nice run. I’m so pumped up.” Zarate said following his victory. He made a nice push following the third lap to pull away from the pack and eventually beat Evan Woods of Walt Whitman. “It really depends on the race,” he added on how he determines when to make a move, but “you always got to pull through.”

Other individual champions from the day include Matthew Adedeji from Clarksburg in the triple jump. Kendra Meredith from Northwest won the long jump. Nora McUmber and Laila Ismail of Bethesda-Chevy Chase won the 1,600 and 300 hurdles, respectively. Clare Severe of Walt Whitman won the 800. Blake’s 1,600 relay team took home first as well.

Full results for the meet can be found on md.milesplit.com.

pgrimes@gazette.net