BALTIMORE — After taking the lead for good in Saturday’s race, Williamsport senior Evan Hardy still had one guy left to beat — Jeff Scuffins.
And he got past him too.
Hardy convincingly won the Class 2A boys 1,600-meter run at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University in 4:17.82 to break Scuffins’ long-standing Washington County record in the event.
The former North Hagerstown star’s mark of 4:18.94 had stood since 1980.
“I wanted to beat 4:18 and I just went for it,” said Hardy, who took the lead for good at the end of the first lap and won by 4.68 seconds.
“I kind of listened for them, but I didn’t hear them,” he said of the chase pack. “I just knew I had to go for time, and I just had to be confident in myself and not let anxiety take over. I just had to keep telling myself to beat the time, race the clock.”
Boonsboro senior J.R. Lowery was the county’s only other champion Saturday, winning the 1A boys discus.
It didn’t matter that his winning throw of 143 feet, 11 inches was about 10 feet off his personal best. What mattered was that it was 3 inches better than second place.
“I’ll take it,” said Lowery, who won the shot put Thursday. “Even though I didn’t throw that well, it’s still another state title so I’m pretty pleased with myself.”
While Lowery also won the shot put last year, he finished 13th in the discus.
“Shot put has always been his strength,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “But he really stepped up to discus this year. He worked hard at it.”
Boonsboro was the county’s top 1A boys team, finishing third overall.
Nick Seabright placed second in the pole vault (12-0) and fourth in the triple jump (41-2 1/4) Saturday for the Warriors, while teammate Gerrick Allen was third in the discus (142-9).
Smithsburg finished third in the 1A 4x400 (3:26.83), while Zane Gardenhour was third in the triple jump (41-8) for the Leopards.
Smithsburg began the meet with state title aspirations after winning the West region crown last week and the indoor state title in February. But the Leopards finished seventh Saturday.
“A lot of our guys stepped up, but some guys just weren’t so lucky,” Smithsburg coach T.J. Hood said. “Anything can happen at states.”
Hardy carried Williamsport to a fifth-place finish in the 2A boys team standings. He won the 3,200 in 9:22.15 on Thursday and, after his record-setting win in the 1,600, he placed fourth in the 800 in 1:58.90.
Aaron Wagner and Liam Faith put the Hancock boys on the 1A scoreboard Saturday. Wagner tied for third in the pole vault (11-6) and Faith took fifth in the triple jump (40-10 1/2).
South Hagerstown, competing in 3A, got points Saturday in the 4x100 (seventh, 43.58) and from Aaron Waters in the 400 (eighth, 50.68).