Old Mill rang up points in all but two of the boys events and scored in nine of the 12 girls events en route to a sweep of the team titles at the Anne Arundel County Indoor Track and Field Championships yesterday at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
The Patriots girls team won its 10th straight county title with 106 points, which was more than double that of North County (50) and Arundel (48).
The Patriots boys met more resistance in collecting their fifth consecutive county crown, but they got the job done by winning the events in which they were favored and overachieving in others.
"We weren't really worried about the girls, but with the guys, we knew we would be in a dog fight," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus, whose boys team scored 92 1/2 points, enough to hold off North County (76 1/2 ) and Arundel (56 1/2 ). "We had a lot of clutch performances today by our lesser-known guys and we got a lot of nickel-and-dime points, which we're known for doing. I guess the ghost of Old Mill tradition was with us today."
Richard Queen picked up 20 points for Old Mill and became a double-county champion after winning the 55-meter dash (6.4 seconds) and 55 hurdles (7.6) and teammates Eric Voss and Delvell Johnson won the pole vault and the high jump, respectively.
Some of Old Mill's "lesser knowns," including hurdler Isaac Beard, pole vaulter Paul Jackson and Ron Chapman (1,600), contributed with fifth-place finishes.
Topper Ellis and Toney Fowlkes finished 1-2 for North County in the 300 --, but Shaun Talley and Joe Blount softened the blow for Old Mill by claiming fifth and sixth, respectively.
Martise Moore led Old Mill's girls to victory by winning the 55 hurdles in a record time of 8.3. Renita Collins won the shot put for the Patriots with a toss of 33 feet, 7 1/2 inches and teammates Kristin Wimbrow and Sarah Kirby finished 1-2 in the high jump.
Kristen Nicolini had a record-breaking day. The Annapolis senior won both the 1,600 and 3,200 and her time of 5:01.8 in the 1,600 eclipsed the county record set by Arundel's Christy Nichols last season. Nichols, who is still not 100 percent because of a nagging leg injury, took second behind Nicolini in both distance events.
Nicolini capped the day by joining Lisa Jewell, Jen Jefferson and Becky Morris and winning the 1,600 relay in a record time of 4:17.3.
Tamiko Mack of North County, the only athlete to win three individual events, broke the record set last season by Chesapeake's Tanieka Middleton when she finished the 300 -- in 42.5. Mack also won the 500 and the 800.
North County's Kenda Johnson took first in the girls 55 -- and was second to Mack in the 300.
North County's boys picked up the bulk of its points from Topper Ellis, winner of the 300 and 500. Ryan Stevens of Chesapeake won the 1,600 and South River's Adrian Newman won the shot put. Jack Longley of South River won the 3,200 and Ian Ross of Annapolis was crowned county champ in the 800.