Not even the coldest day of the spring season could stop C. Milton Wright's boys track team from adding to a win streak that dates to 1986.
Thursday, the Mustangs won their 71st straight dual- or tri-meet with a lopsided victory over North Harford and Havre de Grace. The Mustangs, who improved to 6-0 this year, won with 124 points with North Harford second (47) and the host Warriors third (19).
But C. Milton Wright coach Jim McNicholas didn't want to talk about the times posted by his guys Thursday.
"It was such a bad day, it's terrible to put these times in," said McNicholas. "The wind was in everybody's face, and the wind chill had to be about 20 degrees."
Nobody ran the kind of times that have made the Mustangs five-timedefending county and regional champs.
Among the top performers for the Mustangs this season are distance runners junior Greg Stephen and sophomore Brian Harris.
Stephen, two-time defending county champ in the mile, has the team's best time in the mile (4:45), the 800 meters (2:09) and the 400 meters (55.6).
Harris is pushing Stephen in the mile (4:51) and has the top two-mile time (10:24).
The two-mile relay team of Kevin Koffenberger, Scott Davies, Harris and Stephen has run 8:52.7. The mile relay of Davies, Ryan Lesh, Eric McEvoy and Craig Phelps has finished in 3:35.
Brian Brewer, Chris Gill, Gary Sprucebank and Dan Gartrell have the top 400-meter relay time of 45.6, while Brewer, Sprucebank, Gill and Brian Gryzb ran the best 800 relay in 1:35.7.
In the sprints, Gill is first in the 100-meter --(11.1) and the 200-meter -- (23.49). Phelps has run the 300 hurdles in 43.49, while Lamar Kennard ran the 110 hurdles in 15.9.
Gill also has the best long jump (19-1). Other season bests in the field events: Brewer, triple jump (38-6); Sprucebank, high jump (6-2); Ron Paden, shot put (46-4), Greg Cooper, discus (128-2) and Mike Kralec, pole vault (11-3).
While the Mustangs have won meets fairly easily sofar, McNicholas isn't banking on preserving the winning streak through the rest of this season.
"I think Edgewood and Bel Air are going to be very strong. Last year, we were fortunate to win the countiesby four points," McNicholas said. "It's going to be a crap shoot again this year."
The Mustangs' girls team has struggled with illnessmuch of the season. Thursday, they were missing four key athletes and barely slipped past North Harford.
Stacy Servia remains unbeatenin the two mile, while Amanda Boch hasn't lost in the 200-meter --. Coach Barb Johnson has also gotten outstanding performances from a couple of freshmen, hurdler Stacy Murnyak and sprinter Beth Walls.
Freshmen helped Fallston beat the Mustangs, 89-83, Tuesday. While the Mustangs were without five runners, the Cougars were missing 14, who attended a funeral for one of their teachers.
The Cougars' Laura Snyder won the 400 meters and the 300 hurdles while running on the winning mile- and two-mile relay teams. Blythe Hunsinger won the triple jump. Holly King was second in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.
Of the veterans, Monica Beall won the mile; Amy Havener was second in the mile; Laurie Cicero was second in the two mile; Kristen Svehlawon the high jump; Shelby Worthington won the long jump. First-year senior Shannon Lacher won the high jump.