Old Mill poised to make a run at state 4A titles

May 27, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

The Old Mill Patriots had a spring to remember last year, finishing second among girls teams and third among the boys at the Class 4A state track and field championships.

Yesterday, in the first day of this year's event at Western Maryland College, Old Mill tried to pick up rightwhere it left off.

After five events, the Patriots lead the boys competition, and after four events they stand a solid seventh among the girls.

For coach Ron Evans, those numbers spell success.

"At this point, we're doing as well as we can expect," said Evans, whose team featured five athletes who finished among the top three in their events. "We're pretty much where we should be."

Leading the way on the boys side was Todd Singleton (second in the high jump), Delvell Johnson (fourth in the same competition) and the tandem of Jason Reckner and Chris Long, second and third, respectively, in the 3,200.

The Patriots also took second in the 3,200 relay.

Among the girls, Cathy Porter took third in the discus and the 3,200 relay team took fifth.

Other top county finishers included Christy Nichols of Arundel (first in the 3,200), Geoff Warren of Arundel (first in the 3,200), Shadena Pearmon of Chesapeake (first in the discus) and Ryan Krulis of Severna Park (third in the shot put).

Other area teams in the top 10 include the Arundel boys (sixth), the Chesapeake girls (second) and the Arundel girls (fifth).

For Evans, however, the best may be yet to come.

The Patriots are expected to fare well in Saturday's distance and relay events, and their boys team should challenge Mervo and Eleanor Roosevelt for the team title.

Mervo, led by Ben Braswell (second in the long jump), stands only in seventh after five events, but is expected to make a strong run at the title by dominating the sprints and relays.

Last year the Mustangs finished second in Class 4A to Quince Orchard. This year, they're off to a better than expected start.

"Except for the triple jump, we've done just about as well as we could've expected in the field," said Mervo coach Freddie Hendricks. "Those points are going to be really important for us."

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