Oakland Mills boys pass big test

May 08, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton wanted a stiff test for his boys team. The test came yesterday.

And the Scorpions passed.

Oakland Mills, defending Class 2A state champion, collided with Class 4A powers Old Mill and Mervo at the Anne Arundel County Relays at Annapolis and scored well. The Scorpions finished a close second to Old Mill but edged Mervo.

Old Mill won the boys side with 67 points, and Oakland Mills took second with 58. The Oakland Mills girls team also turned in a good effort, finishing second (49 points) to Old Mill, which rolled to victory with 98.

"We sort of pointed to this one because, for us, this is like a big state meet," said Singleton, whose team has won the last two state titles indoors. "In our division, competition is limited. Mervo and Old Mill are good teams."

The Scorpion boys racked up points in a variety of events. They scored in sprints, distance and field events. They finished first in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter relays along with the distance medley.

Damon Ferguson, Xavier Briscoe and Kerry Ferdinand all turned in good performances in three events. The strong competition was looked upon favorably.

"This is a good experience," said Ferdinand. "It tells you where you are and where you can go."

Oakland Mills and Mervo hooked up in some dandy duels. Mervo scored narrow victories in the 400 and 800 (one- and four-tenths of a second), but Oakland Mills answered with a five-second victory in the 1,600.

The Oakland Mills girls also turned in a consistent effort. They scored in nine of 13 events and, despite winning just once, racked up enough points for an easy second-place finish.

The team of Elyse Sams, Nina Tucker, Melissa Singleton and Victoria Moore did the most damage for Oakland Mills. They ran together in four different races, taking a first, two seconds and a fourth, bringing in 30 of their team's points.

Most of the points on this day went to Old Mill, which won both the boys and girls competition. Field events carried the day for the boys and girls. The Old Mill boys scored 42 of its 67 points in field events, while the girls scored 48 of the 98 there.

Nate Oliver, Donne Stinespring, Adam Trzybinski and Sao Ro led the way for the boys in field events. Raina Domneys, Kristin Winbrow, Dorian Lee and Katie Mack turned in strong performances in the field for the girls.

"We are strong in field events," said Old Mill coach Ron Evans. "We have good depth [there]."

Mervo's boys also found plenty of success. The Mustangs won all four sprint events to finish in third with 56 points, two behind Oakland Mills.

The Mustangs had an interesting day. Because of the rain and cold temperatures, coach Freddie Hendricks nearly took his team home early in the meet.

But he stayed, and the Mustangs made their coach happy with his decision.

Mervo captured the shuttle hurdle (1:04.3), the sprint medley (1:34.5) plus the 400 (43.2) and 800 meters (1:31.5). The Mustangs took second in the 3,200 ( 8:25.3) and fifth in the shot put (34.27 meters).

Mervo got strong performances from several runners, especially the team of Anthony Stuckey, Benjamin Braswell, Sandy Johns and Royston Lyttle. That quartet ran and took the top spots in the 400, 800 and sprint medley relays.

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