Old Mill boys win state indoor crown

February 21, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Old Mill's boys withstood a scare in the final running event, the 1,600-meter relay, and won the state Class 4A indoor track and field championship last night at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Coach Ron Evans' Patriots, perennial contenders for state honors outdoors, were winning their first indoor title since 1979. Scoring in 11 of the 13 events, Old Mill finished with 49 1/2 points, with Prince George's County power Eleanor Roosevelt in second with 44.

The Patriots won the 1,600 relay in 3 minutes, 32.86 seconds. With 200 meters to go, anchor man Rufus Beard boldly passed competitors from Springbrook and Roosevelt on the inside. Opposing coaches complained that Beard ran on the inside lane line, but no inspector called a foul on Old Mill.

Beard followed teammates Duane Davis, Mike Parsons and Mike Chicorelli, who also scored in the pole vault. Old Mill's only other victory came from senior Rocky McMillan, who defended his 55 hurdles title in 7.72. It was a sweet win for the Anne Arundel County school that lost top distance runner Scott Boetig for much of the season to mononucleosis.

Boetig's brother, Brad, a junior, was fourth in the 3,200, and Derric Johnson was third in the 55 -- and helped the Patriots to a similar finish in the 800 relay.

"We just nickel-and-dimed our way to this championship," said Evans, a 25-year veteran whose first state title was the state 4A outdoor crown in 1970, when he was at Arundel. "I've stressed our depth day in and day out, and it paid off today."

Perry Hall shared fifth place in the boys' standings, as the Gators got a win from junior Charles Adams, who reached 52 feet, 1/2 inch in the shot put, and second-place finishes from Chris Nance in the 1,600 and freshman Jim Banach in the dash.

Roosevelt cruised to its third straight girls' championship with 87 points, and junior Amanda White had a hand in 34 of runner-up Dulaney's 39 points. She set meet records in the 1,600 (5:04.7) and 3,200 (10:47.1).

In her fourth and final race, the 800, White was second to Kristine Jost, a freshman from Queen Anne's who nailed another meet record, 2:20.46. Jost, who played soccer last fall, and another freshman, Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis, were pulled along by White in the 1,600, as they dipped to personal bests of 5:11.2 and 5:14.2, respectively.

Chesapeake's Mattie Cymek won the shot put, and Severna Park swept the 3,200 relays, taking the boys' race in 8:23.5 and the girls' in 10:04.1.

Roosevelt was led by standout sprinter Ebony Robinson, who lowered the meet records in the 55 and 300 --es to 7.14 and 40.59, respectively. Largo's Tyra Moore was another double winner, claiming the 55 hurdles and high jump, and Suitland's Joe Beamer was the only double-winner on the boys' side, taking the 300 and 500.

BOYS

Team scores: 1. Old Mill, 49 1/2 ; 2. Eleanor Roosevelt, 44; 3. Suitland, 39; 4. Springbrook, 38; 5. tie, Bowie and Perry Hall, 36; 7. Quince Orchard, 24; 8. Severna Park, 21; 9. Broadneck, 20; 10. Meade, 18.

Individual results: 3,200 relay -- Severna Park, 8:23.5; Bowie, 8:25.4; Quince Orchard, 8:28.1. 300 -- Beamer, Suitland, 35.84 (meet record); Lewis, Roosevelt, 36.28; Generette, Glen Burnie, 37.09. 1,600 -- Mondy, Springbrook, 4:37.2; Nance, Perry Hall, 4:37.5; Nichols, Arundel, 4:37.8. 500 -- Beamer, Suitland, 1:06.24; Mondy, Springbrook, 1:08.59; Lomax, North County, 1:09.08. 55 hurdles -- McMillan, Old Mill, 7.72; Blockton, Broadneck, 7.76; Payton, Suitland, 7.79. 55 -- -- Lewis, Roosevelt, 6.62; Banach, Perry Hall, 6.67; Johnson, Old Mill, 6.69. 3,200 -- Harry, Quince Orchard, 10:04.7; Carter, Springbrook, 10:11.2; Weinstock, Paint VTC Branch, 10:12.3. 800 relay -- Roosevelt, 1:34.82; Bowie, 1:34.86; Old Mill, 1:35.37. 800 -- Lomax, North County, 2:03.23; Luko, Quince Orchard, 2:03.24; Willis, Bowie, 2:03.38. 1,600 relay -- Old Mill, 3:32.86; Springbrook, 3:33.51; Roosevelt, 3:33.52. High jump -- Duckett, Roosevelt, 6-4; McDowell, 6-4; Sutton, Perry Hall, 6-4. Shot put -- Adams, Perry Hall, 52-1/2; Hicks, Meade, 45-11; Schwenke, Broadneck, 45-8. Pole vault -- Richardson, Suitland, 14-6; Sye, Woodlawn, 12-6; Lavallee, Severna Park, 12-6.

GIRLS

Team scores: 1. Eleanor Roosevelt, 87; 2. Dulaney, 39; 3. tie Largo and Old Mill, 34; 5. Chesapeake-AA, 21; 6. Suitland, 20; 7. Queen Anne's, 19; 8. tie, Meade and Severna Park, 16; 10. Paint Branch, 14.

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