A third-place finish by Old Mill's "banged up" girls team was the best Anne Arundel County could do at yesterday's 33rd annual Maryland National Guard Scholastic Games at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore.
The meet, which attracted approximately 2,200 athletes from 62 schools across the state, saw Oakland Mills win the boys team competition with 42 points and a Krissy Jost-led Perry Hall win the girls title.
"We're banged up and we weren't sharp today and our girls still finished third, so that tells you a little bit about what kind of program we have," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus, clutching his team's third-place silver bowl.
"We have a couple of people out sick a few with shin splints and some others with bad ankles. But, despite all that the girls nickel and dimed some points and finished third. The girls scratched and clawed and they didn't quit so I'm proud of them."
Old Mill's boys team picked up several points in the field events and finished seventh in the team competition with 21 points.
Delvell Johnson earned 10 points for the Patriots by winning the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches and teammate Eric Voss gave his team six more points with a third-place finish in the pole vault (12-0).
Old Mill senior Martise Moore was nipped at the finish line by Kennedy's Renee Holts in the girls high hurdles -- both finishing in 8.5 seconds.
The Patriots' girls team gained 8 1/2 points in the high jump with Kristin Wimbrow getting eight points for finishing second and Sara Kirby splitting a point with Dulaney's Christina Chillemi for a sixth-place tie.
Old Mill had a 3-5-6 finish in the girls shot put with Renita Collins taking third with a throw of 32-6 1/4 and Cathy Porter and Katie Mack finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.
Erin Moorcones, Megan Riley, Lori Zamarripa and Jen Duval teamed up and claimed second for South River in the girls 3,200 relay, finishing 12 seconds behind champion Perry Hall and eight seconds ahead of third-place Severna Park.
Mike Milam of Severna Park claimed fifth in the high jump and South River's Dave Ward was ninth. South River's Adrian Newman placed fifth in the boys shot with a toss of 45-4 3/4 .
Blair Morse, a mainstay on South River's defending region champion cross country team, was only five seconds off the leader in the boys 3,000 run but his time of 9:25.7 was only good for a fourth-place finish.
Perry Hall's Jost was the most decorated athlete as she won three gold medals and set meet records in the 800 and 1,500.