Three years ago, current Bowie High School senior Justin Beatty told his coaches that the Bulldogs indoor track and field team would win a state title and he vowed to do everything it took to ensure it. Bowie came within three points of that feat in Monday’s Class 4A state championship held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
Instead it was the Northwest boys out of Montgomery County who clinched their first indoor state title. The Jaguars edged this winter’s Montgomery County champion Paint Branch by two points, 48-46. Bowie finished third with 45 points and Anne Arundel’s Severna Park (37 points) and Eleanor Roosevelt (30) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Oxon Hill (eighth) and Henry A. Wise (10th) also earned top-10 results.
The Bulldog boys jumped up from 10th place a year ago and are finally stepping out of the 2013 state champion Bowie girls’ shadow, said Beatty, who led off the first-place 1,600-meter relay. The Bulldogs were also in good shape to win the 800-meter relay, but were disqualified.
Anne Arundel County’s South River won its first girls’ championship Monday with a 43.50-34.50 over Montgomery County’s Clarksburg in second. James H. Blake (34), Winston Churchill (32) and Walter Johnson (27), all from Montgomery, rounded out the top five. Bowie finished tied for sixth with Severna Park with 26 points. No other Prince George’s team finished in the top 10.
The Class 3A championship, which was held concurrently Monday night, was won by the Long Reach (Howard County) boys and Huntingtown (Calvert County) girls. The Seneca Valley girls’ sixth-place finish was the only top 10 result from either Montgomery or Prince George’s counties.
Bowie junior Antonio Coleman, who came from behind on the last lap of the 1,600-meter relay to clinch the Bulldogs’ win, was Bowie’s highest scorer with a win in the 500-meter run and second place in the 300-meter dash. With Beatty and Coleman on the winning relay team were Mohamed Roberts and Maxwell Willis.
“We’ve been in the girls’ shadow for a while, we had a young team and they were winning state championships,” Coleman said. “We were hungry this year and knew coming in we had a chance.”
Other county winners included Wise’s Brenen Garrett (55-meter dash) and the Roosevelt boys’ 800-meter relay (Jawuan Brown, Trenson Terry, Julian Rowe, Ahman Potter).
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