HAGERSTOWN — With his high school indoor track and field career winding down, Urbana senior Nathan Davis doesn’t want to hold anything back.
That much was pretty clear during Saturday’s Frederick County championships, where Davis placed second in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs before somehow summoning enough energy to place fifth in the 800.
“I was running on fumes for the 800,” Davis said. “But I was still able to score some points for my team.”
Like Davis’ legs on Saturday, that kind of mindset went a long way for the Hawks, who earned their first boys team title at the county indoor meet since 2015 by beating second-place and two-time defending champ Oakdale 127.5-107.5 at Hagerstown Community College.
The Hawks girls, despite missing some key sprinters and having standout distance runner Ella Auderset fighting sickness, won their fourth straight team county crown by topping Frederick 132.75-94.5.
After the meet, Urbana’s boys and girls posed for team photos. While doing this, Davis and Mohammed Lachir had their arms around each other and a hand grasping each side of the county team championship plaque.
Lachir, who won the shot put, was one of three Hawks who earned individual county crowns. The others were 55 hurdles champ Nicholas Jackson and 55 dash winner Rolando Proctor, a freshman.
No doubt, those triumphs loomed large. But points earned by other Urbana athletes, such as Davis, also helped earn the team title.
“He scored in all three. Really, what he did today, that triple, you don’t see that very often,” Urbana coach Tim Snyder said. “A lot of times you’ll see guys do the 1,600 and 3,200. But to come back and do the 800, you really don’t have a lot of time after the 3,200.
“That’s special,” Snyder said. “I think it says a lot about him, his senior year, his work ethic. Everything he does, day in and day out, to prepare for a big meet like this.”
Davis wasn’t competing for the Hawks when they won their last indoor county title three years ago.
“I’ve been working so hard for the team, trying to get the ‘W’ in the county championship,” he said. “And for it to be senior year, it’s just amazing.”
Jackson, a senior, didn’t compete during Urbana’s 2015 county championship season, either. He set the tone for the Hawks on Saturday, producing the team’s first win by edging Middletown’s Alexander Hayes with a time of 8.03 seconds.
“Basically, I never have a great start,” said Jackson, who had some catching up to do in the race. “I thought it was close. I wasn’t sure if I was going to win. Once I saw the results, [I was] just really happy.”
Lachir defended his shot put title with a put of 50 feet, 4.75 inches. Like many other Hawks, the team indoor title was a new experience for the junior.
“It’s been a goal. We always came so close, and this year we were able to finally get over that hump,” said Lachir, who sensed this might be the year. “I knew since practice. Everyone’s work ethic, everybody has the same mindset, everybody wants to win counties.”
Even newcomers like Proctor, who was running in the first marquee meet of his indoor track career on Saturday. He got some family advice before winning the 55 dash with a time of 6.77 seconds.
“My dad told me, ‘Go ahead and just run your race. Don’t worry about anybody else in the race,’” said Proctor, who said his speed comes from his father. “My dad ran a 10.8 100 meters when he was in high school.”
By the end of the girls meet, the Hawks had continued their dominance. But when the Hawks showed up Saturday, they faced some uncertainty.
Earlier in the day, Hawks coach C.J. Ecalono got an email from one of his star runners, Auderset, saying she woke up with a 101-degree fever.
“So we decided to scratch her from the 1,600,” Ecalono said. “We wanted to see if she would feel better, and she would run the 800.”
Even Auderset wasn’t sure how she would fare in that event. She ended up winning with a time of 2 minutes, 22.34 seconds.
“My main goal was to try to do as best as I could,” she said. “It wasn’t my fastest time, but I was happy with how I did under the circumstances.”
Urbana also had to start the meet without two of its top sprinters, Piper Jons and Shaye Morrell (who later arrived and competed in the 800 relay), but the Hawks adapted.
“Our motto all year has been Tougher Together. We have it on the back of our shirts,” Ecalono said. “And I think today we proved that.”
Brin Strouse won the 1,600 and 3,200 for Urbana. While Strouse is an accomplished distance runner — she won the cross-country county title in the fall — she’s new to track this season and hadn’t competed in high school sports before this school year.
“This is a totally different experience for me,” she said of track. “It’s fun. I’m having a good time with it.”
Urbana also picked up plenty of points in pole vault. The Hawks’ Payton Bohrer won, while Kelsey Calabrese was second. Bohrer vaulted 10 feet, 5 inches after topping out at 8 feet last season.
“A lot of teammates really pushed me to get there. I know they’re always there,” Bohrer said. “And Kelsey’s probably one of the biggest people to get me there because she tells me what I need to do.”
In the boys meet, Middletown’s Riley McDermott won the 500 dash by tying a county meet record, which was set by Ecalono in 2004, with a time of 1:06.8.
“It went pretty well for me today,” said McDermott, who also won the 800. “The training’s been improving with the warmer weather out now. So it’s good to start seeing gains here on this track.”
Oakdale got wins from Kyle Lund (1,600), the 4x800 relay team of Nicholas Stokes, Zach Cunningham (high jump), Collin Dempsey, Charles Parrott and Evan Schaefer, the 4x200 relay team of George Stultz, Simeon Sabvute, Ronald Robinson and Isaiah Watkins and the 4x400 relay team of Stokes, Haran Nadarajah, Lund and Anthony Romagnoli.
Middletown’s Matthew Dillard, who couldn’t complete the 1,600 relay after hurting his leg, won the 300 dash.
Linganore’s Michael Belmaggio won the 3,200, and Carter Holsinger won the pole vault.
In the girls meet, Frederick’s Jaida Smith won the 300 dash and 55 dash and was on the winning 800 relay team with Kennedy Chaney, Malaya Reid and Dorcas Nyakiti. Also for the Cadets, Hannah Meredith won the 55 hurdles and Paige Tolbard won the shot put.
Tuscarora’s Ryanna Kimbembe edged Urbana’s Riley Johnson to win the 500 dash. She also ran on the winning 3,200 relay team with Maddie Mandich, Natalie Markoff and Paris Hunter and on the winning 1,600 relay team with Markoff, Haley Stevenson and Dardlie Lefevre.
Brunswick’s Rosie Cicmanec won the high jump.