BALTIMORE — Old Mill and Meade proved once again at Tuesday's county indoor track and field meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory that there is, indeed, power in numbers.
The Meade boys team chalked up a whopping 124 team points to easily defeat runner-up Old Mill (88.5) and Glen Burnie (56). The Old Mill girls tallied points in eight of 10 events and racked up 87 on the day to outlast Meade (64) and Chesapeake (56).
"We scored points in every single (boys) event, and that was the key," said Meade coach Jay Cuthbert, whose Mustangs successfully claimed their fourth straight county title. "It was a total team effort."
The Mustangs picked up 24 team points in the pole-vaulting competition, with twins Jeff and Eric Miller claiming first and second place, respectively, and teammate Brian Glock capturing third. Old Mill managed to squeeze out three points in the event on Mike DiBella's fourth-place-tying vault of 12 feet.
"We knew we would score big in the field events, but it was the auxiliary points that won it for us,"Cuthbert said. "The kids who come in sixth place are just as important as the ones who come in first because all the points add up."
When asked how one stops a team from dominating a single event so heavily, Old Mill coach Ron Evans simply said, "I wish Mr. Miller didn't have twins."
Leading the way for the Old Mill girls were Titisha Washington, Amy Reusling, Amy Tolley, Marisa Sanders and Nickie Matters.
Washington placed first in the 300-meter -- with a time of 43.9 seconds, and third in the 55-meter hurdles, while Reusling notched first in the shot put with a toss of 32 feet, 1 inches. Tolley placed second in the 55 hurdles, while Sanders and Matters showed in the 1,600 and the 800 runs, respectively.
"We just have great depth on our girls team," said Evans, after watching the girls claim their sixth straight county title. "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."
While the South River girls never threatened Old Mill, one Seahawk -- Kim Fullmer -- enjoyed a day of individual success. The senior took first place in the 55 hurdles (8.4), second in the 300 (44.0), second in the high jump (4-10) and fourth inthe shot put (29-9).
Fullmer, who was responsible for all 30 of her team's points, said she approached the meet as she does any other,but admitted that she had a little extra incentive to do well.
"Ididn't want Old Mill to win, so I tried that much harder when I was competing against someone from Old Mill," said Fullmer, who beat out two Patriot runners to claim the 55 hurdles. "I kind of knew I had it(55-meter hurdles) wrapped up."
Severna Park coach Jim Patton wasnot at all surprised as he watched his Falcon girls finish fourth, and the boys claim fifth behind the depth-laden squads from Old Mill and Meade.
"We don't have the numbers that Old Mill and Meade have,so we really have to rise to the occasion, and thus far we haven't done that," Patton said at the meet's halfway point. "So far, our performance has been solid and unspectacular. We're running as good as wehave all year, but to win, we have to set personal bests and we're not doing that."
Derrick Barr's 6-4 leap earned him first place in the high jump and the Mustangs' 10 points. In the same event, teammate Anthony Lowe cleared the bar at 6 feet, which was good for a fourth-place finish and four team points.
With six county titles behind them, the Mustangs easily could grow complacent. But Cuthbert isn't fretting.
"We're not becoming complacent at all," he said, focusingon the upcoming regional and state meets. "The kids responded real well today, and we're getting where we want to be at the right time ofthe year."