As usual, Old Mill swept the team titles at yesterday's...

January 28, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

As usual, Old Mill swept the team titles at yesterday's Anne Arundel County Indoor Track and Field Championships at the 5th Regiment Armory. But it was 95-pound Christy Nichols who really cleaned up.

Nichols, a sophomore at Arundel, took home three gold medals and set meet records in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter events. Nichols finished the 1,600 run in a record time of 5 minutes, 14.5 seconds and later set the meet standard in the 3,200 run at 11:10.2. She also combined with Shauna Donohue, Jessica Palatka and Sally Schoenfield for a gold medal in the 3,200 relay.

"She deserved this because she's worked very hard for it," said Arundel coach Tut O'Hara. "You can tell who worked out and who didn't. It's as simple as that. She has a treadmill at her house and she spent a lot of time on it and she went running as soon as the bad weather broke.

"The last time she ran [at the National Guard Meet] she wasn't happy with her second-place finish and she did something about it. That's what happened. Her competitive nature came out and she beared down and that's what you saw today."

Old Mill's girls team continued its dominance, capturing its ninth consecutive county title by compiling 99 points and holding off Chesapeake (52) and Arundel (48).

The Patriots' boys made it seven straight county crowns, racking up 112 points and defeating South River (60) and North County (56). Meade and Chesapeake tied for fourth with 46 points apiece.

"We got off to a bad start and we were a little short on the boys sides with Jason Recker not here, but the kids pulled together and got it done," said Old Mill first-year coach Mike Marcus. "We had a lot to overcome with the way the weather has been, but the kids worked out hard on their own and I think we overcame the lack of training by making some wise choices."

Old Mill's girls team picked up several points in the relays. Carrie Klimes, Martise Moore, Erica Davis and Raina Domneys teamed up to win the 800 relay, and Jenny Porter took Moore's place in helping the Patriots win the 1,600 relay.

South River's Craig Hopkins held off Meade's Ray Otis to claim first in the boys 500 run and finished third in the 300 -- behind Meade champion Andre Wise and Old Mill runner-up Kevin McKinney. McKinney later defeated Wise in the 55 -- with a time of 6.4 seconds.

North County's Tamiko Mack was first in the 800 (2:29.9) and 500 (1:18.7). Chesapeake's Tanieka Middleton won the girls 300 run and outran Meade's Ulanda Archie and Jayma Banks in the 55 dash.

DTCHD: It's old hat: Old Mill takes titles

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