WESTMINSTER — Diane Gentile never ran track during her years at Old Mill, but Patriots coach Ron Evans had a profound effect on her approach to coaching the sport.
Gentile played girls soccer, basketball and lacrosse,but became the boys track coach at Eleanor Roosvelt in Prince George's County. Saturday, Old Mill and Roosevelt tied for the state Class 4A boys title, and the awards ceremony was a bit emotional.
The Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association had just one first-place trophy at the formal presentation, and tongue-in-cheek suggestions to cut it in half were rejected.
Gentile told her team that, after a victory lap around the track at Western Maryland College's Scott S. Bair Stadium and some photos, the hardware would goto Old Mill "because Coach Evans is a good friend of mine."
Roosevelt, which won the title last year, will be getting a duplicate trophy within a few weeks, but it was a classy symbolic gesture from a coach who credited Evans for her success.
"I learned everything fromhim," the Anne Arundel resident said. "He had a habit of surroundinghimself with good, quality coaches. I did the same thing."
The title is the fifth for Old Mill since 1978, while Roosevelt has won twoin Gentile's three-year coaching stint. Gentile soon will be turningin her stopwatch to begin studying for a master's degree in
sports psychology at the University of Maryland.
"I want to try find out what makes these athletes tick," said Gentile with a laugh.
Whatmade Old Mill tick was depth, and plenty of it. The Patriots had only one individual title winner -- senior Brian Evans in the discus -- but scored in 12 of 18 events.
"I was psyched after I lost the shot put," Brian Evans said. "I'm just happy with the team win."
Other notable performances for the Patriots boys team Saturday included Rocky McMillan's third in the 300 hurdles, fourth-place finishes by both the 400 and 1,600 relay teams, a fifth by Derric Johnson in the 100, a fifth by Corey Dorsey in the triple jump and a sixth by Dan Cavanaugh in the 800.
Broadneck placed 10th in the team standings, with its only points coming from Cromwell, who was fourth in the discus.
Severna Park tied for 11th and got points from Gerald Cager, whowas sixth in the triple jump (his third sixth-place finish in the meet), Brian Kaupa, fifth in the 1,600, and Paul McNeil, fifth in the discus.
Meade, which placed 15th, got most of its scoring in the pole vault, where Jeff Miller was second, his brother, Eric, fourth andteammate Brian Glock tied for fifth. The 400 relay team took sixth.
Glen Burnie was 16th, getting points from Alphonso Generette in the 100 (third) and 200 (fifth) plus a sixth from the 1,600 relay. Chesapeake, which finished 22nd,
earned all six of its points from JayThomas, who was third in the 800. North County's four points came from Anthony Walker, who took fourth in the 100.
In the girls 4A meet, Adrienne McCray was the only individual winner from the county, and she scored all 14 points for 12th-place North County. McCray won the 300 hurdles title and took fourth in the 400.
Meade had the bestshowing, placing eighth while scoring in all four relays. The 1,600 relay team was third and the 400 team fourth. Other points came from Ulanda Archie, fourth in the 100, and Amy Bell, fifth in the 800.
Chesapeake and Old Mill tied for ninth. The Cougars got points from Mattie Cymek, who followed up Thursday's discus win with a second in the shot.
Old Mill scoring Saturday came from Tirisha Washington (fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100), Amy Tolley (fifth in the 110 hurdles), Raina Domneys (fifth in the long jump) and the 400 relay team (sixth).
Fran Mackney scored Severna Park's only points by taking fifth in the 1,600, and Glen Burnie scored all six of its points when the 800 relay team took third. Both the Falcons and Gophers were tied for 19th.
South River's girls tied for 11th in the 3A meet andgot all 18 points from Kim Fullmer, who won the 110 hurdles and tooksecond in the 300 hurdlers. Her younger brother, Jason, did all the scoring for the South River boys, too, by placing second in the 300 hurdles. They tied for 20th.