Old Mill's depth too much at county relays

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

Teams with lots of depth often find success at relay competition. Old Mill has lots of depth.

And it found lots of success at the Anne Arundel County Relays.

Old Mill scored in every event on the girls side and all but three for the boys, and the Patriots went on to score a sweep at yesterday's competition at Annapolis High School.

The girls had little trouble, scoring 98 points, well ahead of second-place Oakland Mills' 49.

The Patriots scored in all 13 events. Old Mill won five times and finished second in four events, accounting for 82 points.

"This format feeds into our [strength]," said Old Mill coach Ron Evans. "The key is to keep scoring."

And the Patriots did, especially in the field events. For the girls, Old Mill won four of the five field events and took second in the other.

The Patriots finished with 48 points from field events. That alone would have been one point behind second-place Oakland Mills.

"Normally field events play a big role for us," said Old Mill's Raina Domneys. "We performed pretty well."

Domneys was one of those who did pretty well. She was part of the victorious shuttle hurdle, triple and long jump teams as well as the runner-up 1,600-meter relay.

Others in field events who ignored the rain and cold to help Old Mill win were Kristin Winbrow, Dorian Lee, Katie Mack, Jamie Smith and Cathy Porter.

The boys also relied heavily on the field events. The Patriots scored 42 of their 67 points in the field. Oakland Mills took second with 58.

The Patriots won the shot put, high jump and triple jump. They finished third in the discus.

Nate Oliver (shot put and discus), Donne Stinespring (shot put and discus), Adam Trzybinski (shot put) and Sao Ro (discus) sparked the field events for the Patriots.

Oakland Mills also took advantage of good depth for both second-place finishes. The Scorpions ran strongly in sprints and some distance events on both sides.

Damon Ferguson, Xavier Briscoe and Kerry Ferdinand each found success in three races for the boys.

For the girls, the team of Elyse Sams, Nina Tucker, Melissa Singleton and Victoria Moore ran together in four different races, taking a first, two seconds and a fourth.

Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton said his boys had been pointing to this meet due to the stiff competition they would face, namely Mervo and Old Mill.

"This is like a big state meet because of all of the Class 4A teams here," said Singleton.

"In our division, competition is limited. Mervo and Old Mill are good teams."

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 medle(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).

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