WESTMINSTER — Anne Arundel County established its dominance in the weight events on the first day of the state track and field championships yesterday at Western Maryland College.
County boys took the top three spots in the Class 4A shot put, while the girls took the top two spots in the Class 4A discus.
Carlos Cromwell of Broadneck won the shot put with a toss of 47 feet, 4 inches, Brian Evans of Old Mill was second (46-11 1/2), and Severna Park's Teddy Jennings placed third (46-1 1/2).
"It's like a rivalry," Cromwell said of the three-way battle between the county foes. "It's just like during football season. We've thrown against eachother the last two years."
Cromwell also got the last laugh in the season-long battle between the three. Evans won the county title, Jennings took the region crown, but Cromwell got the big prize.
Cromwell said his state effort was well short of his best toss of 49-9.
On the girls side, Mattie Cymek of Chesapeake took first with a throw of 133-9, topping runner up Michelle Smith of Old Mill, who had a121-4 effort before leaving Westminster to head to the school's prom.
"We figured there would be no problem with her winning," said Chesapeake coach John Gray of Cymek, a junior. "She has thrown 150 feetin practice. We feel that she has a lot of potential."
County boys also made a strong showing in the 3,200-meter run. Scott Boetig of Old Mill took second in 9 minutes, 55.5 seconds, Broadneck's Dave Wall was third in 10:02.2, and Glen Burnie's Sheridan Snedden was fourthin 10:06.0.
County teams were not able to win any of the 3,200 relay races, but they clustered together in the middle of the pack in both the boys and girls races.
Old Mill was second, Severna Park was third and Broadneck fourth in the boysraces, while Meade was third,Chesapeake fourth and Severna Park fifth in the girls race.
In the long jump, Cory Dorsey of Old Mill was second in the boys meet witha leap of 21-7 1/4, and Severna Park's Gerald Cager was sixth with a20-5 leap.
For the girls, Old Mill's Raina Domneys was third witha 35-9 effort, and Severna Park's Katie Woodcock was sixth in 34-9 1/4.
Cager also had a sixth-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 6-4.