Oakland Mills surprises Mervo in Gilman Relays

April 04, 1993|By Rich Scherr

Oakland Mills won four events and took second in three others en route to a surprising 70-62 victory over Mervo at the Gilman Relays yesterday.

McDonogh finished third, defending Maryland Scholastic Association champion Poly fourth and host Gilman fifth in the 12-team field.

"I told our guys that this was a chance for Oakland Mills to come up here against the big boys and get a little respect," said Scorpions coach Sam Singleton, who said his team's recent win at the Class 2A-1A state indoor meet hasn't changed its perception as a small-time program.

"People say that Howard County is a different brand of track than the city. Well, we'll treasure this one. This was sweet."

Oakland Mills and Mervo -- considered one of the area's top teams -- ran neck and neck for most of the meet, and the Mustangs had a slim chance to win entering the 1,600 relay, the day's final event.

But Oakland Mills clinched the win when anchor Damon Ferguson crossed the tape more than a second in front of Mervo's runner.

"It was a lot of pressure," said Ferguson. "I ran against two [Mervo runners] in summer league, and those guys are fast. I was just hoping they wouldn't pass me down the stretch."

Ferguson also anchored the Scorpions to first place in the 400 relay and second in the 800 relay.

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