The Oakland Mills boys and the Glenelg girls combined to sweep the regional indoor track and field championships yesterday.
Oakland Mills and Glenelg got plenty of help from several places to score victories in the Class 2A-1A Region II championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
Glenelg took an early lead and slowly pulled away, finishing with 103 points, easily outdistancing second-place Towson (71). Hammond, thanks to 40 points on four first-place finishes from Kisha Jett, was third with 66 points.
Oakland Mills took control of the boys' meet about halfway through and finished with 98 points. Milford Mill was second with 67 and Glenelg third with 62.5.
Oakland Mills scored two victories in field events. Wade McHargue won the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 3 inches -- winning by nearly nine feet. And Joss Paddock added 10 more points with a victory in the pole vault at 11-6.
Oakland Mills also won the 800-meter relay, with Brandy Walker, David Dudley, Kerry Ferdinand and Damen Ferguson clocking 1:36.21.
The Scorpions also found success with the 3,200-meter relay team. Jay Herdson, Eric Larsen, Greg Curtis and Phil Cassell helped give Oakland Mills a second-place finish with a time of 8:41.9.
Cassell and Larsen also stayed close in the 500-meter run. They finished second and fifth in 1:11.89 and 1:14.47, respectively. Cassell added a third-place finish in the 800 meters (2:09.71), and Ferguson took third in the 300 in 37.15.
"The kids have done an outstanding job," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton, whose team recently won the Howard County boys' title. "This is our second big meet in two weeks, and we were there again."
Glenelg, which just won a Howard County girls championship, got a fine performance from senior Kelly Pelovitz, who won the 1,600 meters (5:34.23) and took second in the 800 meters (2:30.67). She also ran on the victorious 1,600- (4:27.80) and 3,200-meter relays (10:36.5).
"We were watching out for Hammond," said Pelovitz. "I knew we had the chance to do it. I just didn't know if we could."
Alicia Adams, daughter of coach Pete Adams, also ran on the 3,200-meter relay (with Marguerite Rupsis and Cheryl Seymour), and won the 3,200 meters (12:09.65), finished second in the 1,600 meters (5:35.91) and third in the 800 (2:34.83).
Mary Rose Rankin set a school record (5-1) while winning the high jump for the Gladiators. Rupsis was second in the 500 (1:24.03).
The 800-meter relay team (1:57) took second, thanks to Amy Ashby, Claudine Tiffault, Dana Allison and Elisa Davidson.
Meanwhile, Hammond's Jett outscored five teams by herself, winning the 55-meter -- (7.3), 55-meter hurdles (8.5), 300 meters (43.1) and 800 meters (2:28.87).