Ideal weather conditions and a talent-laden field of athletes placed several meet records in jeopardy during yesterday's 10th annual Meade Stampede at Meade High School.
When the smoke from the starter's pistol finally cleared, five records had been broken, including one that had stood firm for a decade.
Sean Sullivan of McDonogh won the pole vault and worked his way into Meade's record books by clearing 14 feet, an 8-inch improvement over the record set by Dulaney's John Rousseau in 1986.
Christy Nichols of Arundel, a distance runner who thrives on longer races, was the first to break a record at yesterday's meet.
Nichols finished the girls 5,000-meter run in 18 minutes and four-tenths of a second -- nearly three minutes ahead of the runner-up from Bowie and almost a minute and a half faster than the standard set by Perry Hall's Joyce Penxa in 1988.
Junior Anders Fristedt of McDonogh, one of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's most promising distance runners, won the boys 5,000, followed by runner-up James Knode of South River and W.C. Knight of Westminster.
Old Mill's boys 400 relay team of Richard Queen, Joe Blount, Delvell Johnson and Shaun Talley won in a record time of 42.5 seconds -- a one-tenth of a second improvement over the mark set by Meade last season.
Blount later teamed up with Ron Chapman, Mike Lauer and Chris Long to win the boys distance medley in a record time of 10:54.2.
"I thought our shuttle-hurdle relay would win and they finish second and our 4 x 100 boys relay sets a meet record, so that shows how much we [coaches] know," said Old Mill coach Ron Evans, who sent the bulk of his field competitors to Wednesday's Towson Relays because of the quality facilities at Towson State. "We need to develop on the track and we're happy with what we did on the track."
Kenda Johnson, Jessica Pratt, Sarah Zaruba and Tamiko Mack of North County eclipsed a record set by Friendly in 1988 by finishing the sprint medley relay (200-200-400-800) in 4:19.6.
Mount de Sales proved it didn't need any rest after competing in the Towson Relays as it won the distance medley and 6400 relays. Comprising both of those winning teams for the Sailors were Teresa Love, Liz Williams, Renee Leach and Bridget Quenzer.
Catonsville's Lori Havrilla captured gold medals in both the girls throwing events as she won the shot put (32-10) and discus (107-1). Lauren McHargue of Oakland Mills was second to Havrilla in the discus and third behind Jennifer Blair of Mount de Sales in the shot.
Kevin Rondon won the boys shot put for Oakland Mills with a personal-best toss of 48-4 1/4 and teammate Ryan Hughes claimed first in the discus with a personal best of 133-4.