By KEVIN SPRADLIN
Middletown coach Rusty Moore couldn't have predicted the meet to be closer. Not much closer, anyway.
"I thought it was going to be one point, one way or another," Moore said. "It ended up being a tie."
Thanks in part to a rule clarification after the conclusion of the Region 2A-1A West indoor track championships, a half-point swing left the Knights and Fort Hill tied with 72 points each for the boys' region title. Catoctin easily won the girls' title with 104 points, outdistancing Smithsburg (61), Middletown (60) and Urbana (49).
It seemed as if Fort Hill had won after the 800-meter run, in which the Sentinels' Bobby High raced to a second-place finish. It gave Fort Hill a double-digit lead heading into the final event, the 1,600-meter relay. Middletown earned 10 points by winning the relay (3:42.1), and the Sentinels got two points for a fifth-place finish.