When the regular track season concluded Thursday, C. Milton Wright'sboys team notched its 66th straight victory in dual and tri meets.
The Mustang boys haven't lost a dual- or tri-meet in five and a half years. The girls team also has a streak going with two consecutive undefeated regular seasons.
Thursday, the boys will try to win a fifth straight title and thegirls will go for their first at the Harford County Track and Field Championships at Edgewood High.
At the championships, the Mustangs' boys (11-0) will face stiff competition from the host Rams. Although the Mustangs beat the Rams, 105-73, in a tri-meet with Aberdeen ten days ago, C. Milton Wright coach Jim McNicholas expects the competition to be even tighter this time.
"It's going to be very close," said McNicholas. "There are a lot of teams in the county that can cutinto us in a lot of spots. Edgewood is very tough in the sprints andthe sprint relays, we're tough in the distances and the field eventsare a crap shoot."
In the distance races, the Mustangs return both county champs, Jeff Hankins in the 3,200 meters, and Greg Stephen in the 1,600 meters. Both are undefeated.
Hankins, a senior, has run the 3,200 meters in 10:19 this year. Stephen, a sophomore, ran 4:42at 1,600 meters with freshman teammate Brian Harris running right behind at 4:48.
The Mustangs also have an undefeated 3,200 meter relay team usually made up of Kevin Koffenberger, Rodney Bralich, Stephan and Harris.
"I have about 15 distance runners," said McNicholas."Some run cross country and races around town in the winter time. Not having indoor track in Harford County hurts us in many events, but the distance runners work hard all year round, so that's been our strength."
In the field events, the Mustangs' main threat is Darryl Smith, a senior who was third in the state in the shot put last year. Smith's top distance for the shot put this year is 52'9". He also throws the discus, hitting 147'7".
Other possible winners for the Mustangs include long jumper Chris Gill, undefeated in the county, as well as triple jumper Brian Brewer, high jumpers Gary Sprucebank or Brian Kennard and pole vaulter Dan Gartrell.
The 800-meter relay teamof Dave Cullum, Keith Wilson, Brian Bidniak and Gill could also pickup a victory.
The Mustangs' girls (12-0) are looking to dethrone two-time defending county champ Fallston. In a dual-meet earlier in the season, the Mustangs beat Fallston by 30 points, but the same thing happened last year.
"Last year, it was really tough for them to go undefeated through the whole season and come in second in the counties," said coach Barb Johnson. "I'm cautiously optimistic. But it's the kind of thing where you really don't know. An injury here or an illness there could make all the difference."
The girls have potentthreats in most of the track events. Senior Dina Lastner is undefeated in the 300-meter hurdles and has only lost once in the 100-meter hurdles. She also anchors the 400- and 800-meter relays.
Sophomore Stacy Servia, who finished second in the state championships last year at 3,200 meters, is strong in both the 3,200 meters and the 1,600 meters. She has lost only once in each.
Another sophomore, Amanda Boch, is undefeated in the 200-meter --. Her 26.6 second time is the best locally this season.
Versatile freshman Amanda Fouts and sophomore Jennifer Catlin add depth to the relays while freshman Kris Sprucebank runs right behind Lastner in the hurdles. Senior Kris Mentz could challenge in the high jump.
* The county championship meet will get under way at 12:30 p.m. at Edgewood High . The field events will begin right away with preliminary heats preceding the finals on thetrack.