It's a wonder Mervo coach Freddie Hendricks didn't have hand cramps from filling out ribbons at yesterday's Towson State Track and Field Relays at Minnegan Stadium.
The top-ranked Mustangs won four relays and placed in a number of individual events.
"This pen seems to be rolling tonight," said Hendricks, sitting in the bleachers near the 50-yard line. "I thought we would do well, but I didn't know how well because I knew it was a big field."
With perennial powers Old Mill and Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County bringing only partial squads to Towson, Mervo easily emerged as the most decorated team in a field that was comprised of 30 public and private schools from around the state.
In the 800 relay Dante Palmer, Royston Lyttle, Jason Panniell and James Carter posted a time of 1 minute, 27.2 seconds, two-tenths of a second off of the state record set by Dundalk in 1989.
"I expected my [800 relay team] to run well, but I didn't expect them to break 1:28," said Hendricks. "That's probably a school record."
Mervo started the day by winning the boys 400 relay and closed it out with a first-place finish in the boys shuttle-hurdle relay.
Western's senior-laden team earned a lion's share of the ribbons on the girls side. Seniors Tamara Clarke, Janee' Ward, Gabrielle Butler and Tamara Laing teamed up to win the 400 relay and Shannon Moore joined with Ward, Butler and Laing in winning the 800 relay.
Catholic's girls team was well-represented by junior Lisa Czawlytko, who took third in the long jump and fifth in the high jump.
Christina Chillemi of Dulaney placed second in the high jump and third in the triple jump behind champion Ward of Western.
Carver junior Dameon Johnson won the boys long jump, shortly before running the anchor leg of the Bears runner-up 400 relay team.
Perry Hall's Dave Russell won the pole vault after clearing 13-6 and teammate Jason Wancowicz won the boys discus (148-3 1/2 ).
Krissy Jost of Perry Hall captured first in the girls 1500.