Edgewood track coach Roy Norris knew his boys squad had a chance to upset C. Milton Wright in Thursday's Harford County Track and Field Championships, but he also knew the Rams would need every victory theycould get in the field events.
The boys competition came down to the final field event of the day -- the triple jump. With every otherevent complete, C.M. Wright held a 23 1/2-point lead. The Rams wouldget 24 points if they could sweep the top three spots in the triple jump. If none of the Mustangs landed in the top six point-scoring spots, Edgewood would win the title by half a point.
Edgewood took the top three spots with Cornelius Carey (42 feet, 3 inches), Lawrence Worthington (41-5) and Charles Ferguson (41-0). But the Mustangs' Brian Brewer spoiled Edgewood's upset bid by finishing fourth.
The Mustangs won, 151-146.5, for their fifth straight county title. Joppatowne (54) was third and Bel Air (53), fourth.
The Mustangs also won the girls title, dethroning two-time defending champion Fallston.
Sprinter Amanda Boch won the 100-meter and 200-meter --es to lead the Mustangs to a 122.3-108 win over Fallston. North Harford was third (68.3) followed by Edgewood (62.3) and Aberdeen (56).
Joppatowne's Thori Staples turned in the top individual performance of the meet, winning four gold medals. She started off by anchoring the Mariners' winning 3,200-meter relay team. Then, she won the400 --, the 800 run and the long jump.
In the boys competition, the Rams dominated the field events and the sprints while C.M. Wright piled up the points with its depth in the middle and long distances. But Edgewood was without one key athlete, Steve Lewis, the defending state champion in the high jump.
"I had a feeling it would come down to Steve Lewis not being here and sure enough, that was the difference," said Norris. "But what are you going to do about the chickenpox? It sure wasn't his fault."
Without Lewis, who had jumped 6 feet, 4 inches to win the county title last year, Joppatowne's Kilo Mack won the high jump with a 6-3 effort.
Sprinter Chris Gibbons led Edgewood with victories in the 100 and 200 --es. In the 100, Gibbons (11.06 seconds) beat teammate Brian Johnson (11.44). In the 200, Gibbons (23.04) edged out Joppatowne's B.J. Barnes (23.41). Johnson was third (23.66).
In the field events, the Rams also swept the top threespots in the discus and took two of the top three places in the shotput and high jump.
Damon Bomar won the discus with a 122-3 toss followed by John Lamancusa (119-6) and John Hobbs (112-7). In the shotput, Bomar (43-10) was second and Hobbs (42-7 3/4), third. Carey andHobbs landed in a three-way tie for second leaping 6 feet in the high jump.
C.M. Wright won three of the distance events, including the 3,200-meter relay. Greg Stephen won the 1,600-meter run in 4:40.57 with teammate Brian Harris (4:42.77) second. Jeff Hankins won the 3,200 meters in 10:05 followed by Harris (10:34). Stephen was also second in the 800.
Darryl Smith picked up a gold medal for the Mustangswinning the shot put with a 52-1 toss.
In the pole vault, John Carroll's Joe Akob set a school record, clearing 11-6.
Other winnersin the boys events included Johyne Trottle, Aberdeen, long jump; DanGunn, North Harford, 400 --; Ed Eifert, North Harford, 110 hurdles; Terry Vail, Bel Air, 300 hurdles; and Dave Bergman, Fallston, 800.
In the girls competition, C.M. Wright had victories in the 1,600-meter relay and the 800 relay, but the Mustangs also had top-three finishes in the other two relays.
Stacy Servia was second in the 3,200 and third at 1,600. Dina Lastner was second in both hurdles events and Kris Mentz was second in the high jump.
For Fallston, Jenny Howard won the 1,600 (5:13.69) and the 3,200 (12:30), and teammate Kristen Svehla took the high jump (4-8). Monica Beall was second in the 1,600 and Amy Havener was second in the 400 dash.
Heather Ledebur ledNorth Harford with victories in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Sonia Jackson finished second in the 100 and 200 dashes.
Other winners included Liza Wilson, Aberdeen, shot put; Robyn Smith, Edgewood, triple jump; and Jamese Kirby, Edgewood, discus. Aberdeen also won the 400 relay.