C. Milton Wright's boys track stars know they will have to answer toa lot of people the next time they lose a regular-season meet.
Ofcourse, that probably won't be any time soon since the Mustangs' boys team (11-0) hasn't lost a dual- or tri-meet in six years.
Their winning streak hit 75 Thursday night with a 92-54 victory over Edgewood.
Although Coach Jim McNicholas doesn't emphasize the streak, the players can't forget about it.
"It's pretty important to us to keep it going," said sprinter Chris Gill. "We've got guys coming back to the school saying, 'You better not lose.' That puts extra pressure on you, but it makes you strive to do better. It makes youpractice harder."
The Mustangs had plenty of incentive against Edgewood (8-2), a team McNicholas said had a chance to end the streak.
"We moved some kids around today to help us get some points," saidMcNicholas, before the meet. "The high jump is going to be a key, soare the hurdles."
The Mustangs didn't win the high jump. They didn't win any of the jumping events, because Edgewood's Cornelius Careyswept them all. Carey was the only athlete in Thursday night's meet to win three individual events.
But the Mustangs did win both hurdles races. In probably the biggest upset of the night, Lamar Kennard edged Carey to win the 110 high hurdles.
Kennard finished in 15.56seconds denying Carey (15.76) a sweep of all four events he entered.
"We knew Lamar could run with Carey, but we didn't know if he could beat him," said McNicholas. C. Milton Wright also won the 300 intermediate hurdles with Craig Phelps beating Edgewood's Felipe Small.
The rest of the meet turned out exactly as McNicholas and Edgewood coach Ron Norris expected.
"Their strong point is their distance running," said Norris. "Our weak spot has been from 400 (meters) up. We're good in the sprints and jumps, but we were just hoping we could stay close."
The Mustangs dominated the distance events taking 11 of 12 places in the four distances from 400 to 3,200 meters. Greg Stephen won the 400 and the 800. In the 1,600, Harris (4:35) bettered his time by nearly 10 seconds. Troy Morse won the 3,200.
The Mustangs also won three of four relays, including a surprise win in the 400 relay when the Rams dropped the baton on the first exchange.
Gill anchored the win with Brian Brewer, Gary Sprucebank and Dan Gartrell running the other legs.
In the weight events, Greg Cooper won the discus and Ron Paden, the shot put. Cooper, in his first year throwing, beat Edgewood's John Lamancusa by nearly 3 inches in the discus. He also finished second in the shot put.
"(Distance and weight events) were two big areas for us," said McNicholas. "That offset their speed somewhat."
Rams sprinter Chris Gibbons showed off his blazingspeed in the --es. He posted an impressive career best of 10.84 in the 100 --. He also won the 200 --, in 22.84.
Gibbons easily outdistanced Gill, his top competition in the county, in both events.
Gill also ran his best times of the season, 11.16 and the 200 in 23.05.
The Mustangs will face another test Tuesday when they head to BelAir. The Bobcats have more strength in the distance events than Edgewood and that could pose a challenge, said McNicholas, whose team haswon the past five county titles.
In the girls competition, C. Milton Wright used its superior strength in the distance events to win, 79-56.
The Mustangs girls also won 11 of 12 places in the events from the 400 to the 3,200 Stacy Servia won the 3,200 and Erin Bralich took the 1,600 and the 800.
Kris Sprucebank won the 400. Kim McCoy's second-place in the 400 was Edgewood's only top-three finish in the distance events.
The Rams, however, showed off plenty of speed in the sprints. Freshman Rebecca Lesesne won both the 100-meter and 200-meter --es. Crystal Davis (100) and Givan Collins picked up third-place finishes.
"I knew we had something to worry about, because I've been keeping an eye on (Edgewood's) results," said Mustangs coach Barb Johnson.
"They are good in the sprints, but they had nothing in the distances. There were three distance races they didn't have a single runner in," she said.
The Mustangs girls have lost only onemeet this season -- to Fallston. Both teams were not at full strength because of illness, but Johnson expects a battle from both Fallstonand Edgewood in the county championships.
If Fallston can take enough points away from the Mustangs in the distance and middle distance races and Edgewood can take them in the sprints and field events, it could be a tight three-way race for the title, said Johnson.
Track meet results
C. Milton Wright 92, Edgewood 54.