County records being set in four events -- including five athletes matching or bettering the old mark in the boys' high jump -- and a new event highlighted Friday's Anne Arundel County Indoor Track Relays for Boys and Girls at Baltimore's ancient Fifth Regiment Armory.
The first major indoor meet of the winter season highlighted an otherwise slow holiday weekend in county high school sports.
Team standings are not kept at the county relays, but if they had been Meade would have taken the boys' division and Old Mill the girls'.
Two county records in both the boys' and girls' competition fell Friday, with the boys' high jump an indication of some exciting things to come, according to Old Mill assistant coach Leon Walters.
"Looks like we're going to have some great times in the high jump this year, with five guys jumping 6 feet 2 inches or better to match or top the old county record," said Walters. "We can look forward to the high jump being one of the better events this year."
Keith Hodge of Severna Park set the county record in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 6 inches. Derick Barr of Meade was runner-up at 6-4, two inches better than Marvin Williams and Alan Parsons of Old Mill and Anthony Lowe of Meade, who matched the old record of 6-2.
Williams, Parsons and Lowe finished third through fifth by virtue of overall misses. The lower number of misses, of course, took the higher finish.
The other county boys' record came in the distance medley relay, where Broadneck came in at 11:18.7. Derek Anderson, Mike Schaeffer, Tim Collins and Dave Wahl teamed up for a record-setting time by the Bruins.
Severna Park was second (12:00.8) and North County third (12:30.1).
Anderson, Wahl and Collins, with Joe Dugan replacing Schaeffer, also won the 3200 relay with a clocking of 8:27.7. Severna Park (8:43.5) was runner-up, followed by Glen Burnie (8:50.2).
The boys' shotput was somewhat unique, with three all-county football players finishing one-two-three. Severna Park running back John Jennings threw 47 feet 5 inches, with Old Mill offensive lineman Brian Evans right behind.
Broadneck standout defensive lineman Carlos Cromwell was third in the shot at 45-4.
In the only other boys' field event, Jeff Miller of Meade won the pole vault by a hair over teammate and brother Eric Miller. Both poled 13 feet six inches, but Eric was less efficient overall. Old Mill's Mike DiBella was third at 12-0.
In what was the closest boys' race of the day, the Meade foursome of Rodney Rawlinson, Abdiel Peart, Jarid Paul and Richard Jones nosed out Chesapeake 3:43.3 to 3:43.4 in the 1600-meter relay. Severna Park was a close third at 3:45.9.
Paul was also a leg of Meade's winning shuttle hurdle relay team, at 34.9, followed by Broadneck at 36.3 and Severna Park in 36.7. Joining Paul were Lowe, Lester Brown and Phil Raynor.
Meade's Colby Schmidt, Omar Lopez, Ray Burlison and Malcolm Allen copped the 6400-meter relay in a time of 19:40.9, with Old Mill second at 19:43.2 and Severna Park third in 20:20.4.
Chesapeake's Mike Sokoloff, Jay Thomas and Wayne Rubie led the Cougars to victories in the relatively new descendo event and the sprint medley relay. The descendo is a gradual descent of distance going from 800- to 600- to 400-to 200-meter runs.
The Sokoloff-Thomas-Rubie trio, with Paul Jones as the other leg, won the descendo in 4:54.1, with Meade (4:58.0) and Glen Burnie (5:03.6) following.
Dana Seidman was the fourth Cougar runner on the winning sprint medley relay team in 3:52.1. Glen Burnie (3:54.3) and Old Mill (3:54.8) were second and third.
Old Mill's team of Derric Johnson, Rocky McMillan, Corey Dorsey and Marvin Williams copped the 800-meter relay in the 11-event meet. The winning team for the Patriots ran 1:37.6, over Meade (1:38.0) and Glen Burnie (1:38.3).
On the girls' side, new records were set in the 800-meter relay and the distance medley. Meade's Chelsea Wlliams, Tawana Wilson, Amanda Simmons and Nicole Johnson exchanged batons over 800 meters in 1:51.7, with Old Mill second (1:53.9) and North County (1:57.7) third.
Severna Park's team of Cindy Symancyk, Betsy Anderson, Eric Wylde and Fran Mackney set a new standard in the distance medley relay at 13:45.0.
Chesapeake was runner-up at 14:29.6 and Meade third (14:34.1).
Old Mill's girls won the shuttle sprint relay, the sprint medley relay and came in second in the 1600-meter relay. Also, Amy Reusing took the individual shotput.
In the shuttle spring relay, two girls take the hurdle and two sprint, and Amy Tolley, Erika Haley, Michelle Smith, and Titisha Washington were the best in the event, coming in at 31.5.
North County took the silver at 31.7, with the bronze going to Glen Burnie at 35.9.
Tolley, Washington, Smith and Marisa Sanders teamed up to take the sprint medley relay by as little as you can without tying and resorting to a tiebreaker. The Patriot foursome was clocked 1/100th of a second better than Meade, 4:36.20 to 4:36.21.
You can't get any closer that!