As expected, yesterday's Anne Arundel County indoor track and field championship meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory was dominated by the traditional favorite Old Mill girls and Meade boys contingents.
Meade's boys, who came into the meet seeking their fourth straight county title, didn't have to look any farther than the pole vault competition. The Mustangs captured first, second and third in the event for 24 points to give them 124 on the day and another trophy for the school's showcase.
"It was a total team effort," said Meade coach Jay Cuthbert. "We knew we would score big in the field events, but it was the auxiliary points that won it for us."
While Cuthbert had no doubt that his senior twins Jeff and Eric Miller would be able to pick up quality points in the pole vault, he conceded that he was pleasantly surprised to see another of his team members, Brian Glock, capture third place.
"That [Glock's 12-feet six-inch vault] was a personal record for him," Cuthbert said. "He literally rose to the occasion.
"We scored points in every single [boys] event and that was the key. The kids who come in sixth place are just as important as the ones who come in first because all the points add up."
Old Mill's girls team experienced little difficulty in claiming its sixth straight county title. The Patriots used their depth to tally 87 points and defeat runner-up Meade (64) and third-place finisher Chesapeake (56).
"We just have great depth on our girls team," said Old Mill coach Ron Evans, whose Patriot girls have now won the county indoor meet 11 of the past 16 times. "As a coach I tried to predict what Meade was going to do and offset that, but in order for it to work, you need the kids to pull it off."