The cerebral chess games aren't over, but the pre-meet tabulations are in for this weekend's county track meet.
Yet, neither Meade coach Jay Cuthbert nor Old Mill coach Ron Evans is revealing much about how each is planning to win the title. Both coaches agree, however, that their teams are the favorites to win either the girls or boys crowns -- or perhaps both.
"Coach has it figured out that if both myself and (long jumper/triple jumper) Corey Dorsey don't have a good day, that could basicallymean that the meet is over," said Old Mill's Brian Evans, who is favored in both the shot put and discus.
"I won the indoor county title, but I expect this to be a little tougher."
Last weekend's Anne Arundel County relays added intrigue to Saturday's county meet, which begins at 10 a.m. at Annapolis High. At the relays, Old Mill's boys edged Meade's, 71-66, for the title, while the Patriots girls tied the Mustangs at 51.
"Going in, we had a pretty good handle on whatwe wanted to do. It was a confidence builder for the whole team, andit definitely shows that we're on the right track," said Cuthbert.
Both of Evans' squads will be trying to grab an 11th county title:
The girls will be going for their 11th straight and the boys for their second straight.
Judging from recent developments, 14th-year coach Evans knows winning isn't something he can take in stride -- hefigures he'll need at least a couple of victories from both Patriot teams in two of the four field events to stay on top.
"Last weekend, the boys were down, 66-65, going into the mile -- which was the last event. We finished third in the mile and that was the difference,"said Evans. "We wouldn't have been in that position if we'd done better in the field events. We didn't do as well in events like the discus as I expected."
Expectations may go unfulfilled by most observers anticipating the usual lineups from both squads this weekend. Cuthbert and Evans admitted that their lineups will be shuffled in order to gain an advantage.
"We're hoping that some throwers from Severna Park and from Broadneck can help us out," said Cuthbert.
"I've got it on paper -- I've even got it typed up," said Evans. "I can makesome changes but not as many as (Cuthbert) can. If the meet goes true to form, he'll have his better people in the relays and try to run them in three or four different events.
"I figure that about halfway through the meet, we'll either be able to project a victory or know we're in trouble."