NAVARRE - It came down to one event, the 4x400-meter relay.
St. Thomas Aquinas held a slim 0.33 point lead heading into the final event of Friday's Division III Navarre regional track and field meet at Brideweser Stadium.
In the final lap, McDonald's Joya Humphries tried to catch the St. Thomas Aquinas anchor, but in the end, the Knights won the relay and escaped with a 78.33 to 76 advantage to capture the girls regional title.
As McDonald thrower Tory Ross watched on, she couldn't be happier of her team taking the runner-up trophy.
"I am so proud of every person on that team," Ross said. "The team we're taking to state is amazing."
She and fellow senior Jai'Lyn Mosley amassed 34 of the Blue Devils' points. Mosley took first in the shot put and discus, while Ross took third in the shot put and second in the discus.
The top four in each regional final event advanced to state.
The two have led McDonald's girls for the past couple years when it comes to scoring and state recognition.
However, the Blue Devils girls 4x100 and 4x200 relays both took first Friday with the quartet of Iva Domitrovich, Frankie Humphries, Joya Humphries and Sara Joseph.
"To have our sprinters coming with us to state is such an amazing feeling," Ross said. "I know we brought them with us last year, but I'm hoping for a better outcome."
Ross did deflect credit for her and Mosley's success in the shot put and discus to McDonald girls coach Mary Domitrovich, who also is the team's throws coach.
However, Domitrovich, who didn't pose in the team picture with the runner-up trophy, wasn't going to take any credit. In fact, when a reporter wanted to take her picture, she quickly put the kibosh on that.
"They're a nice, humble bunch," she said. "They work hard and I'm sure most coaches can say their kids work hard. They come in with a good mind frame. They're willing to sacrifice. They do what needs to be done, as far as putting in that time and effort. I couldn't be more proud of them."
JFK'S RICE WINS TWO: John F. Kennedy senior Morgan Rice, who won two regional titles in the 100 and 300 hurdles, is heading back to state as the defending Division III 100 hurdles state champion. She'd like to add two pieces of gold hardware this year.
"My coaches want me to win the 300," Rice said. "Little more pressure, but it's good pressure."
The JFK girls team finished third with 46 points.
BADGER'S KRUMPE GETS THROUGH: Badger senior Jennilyn Krumpe won the girls long jump, finished second in the 400 and is heading to state in both.
"Try to get PRs (personal bests) in the events I made it in," Krumpe said. "I'll try to do my best in each and every one."