Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton said the Scorpions -- ranked ninth in the boys poll -- looked at last night's Bob Golliday Invitational as "a workout."
"We use it as a workout to see where we are," said Singleton. "I'm glad we're here."
Despite the poor weather conditions at the 16th annual Golliday meet at Old Mill, the tough field gave each team some very good tests with the various county and region meets looming in the next few weeks.
In addition to Oakland Mills, the field included Old Mill, North County, Perry Hall and longtime state power Central High of Prince George's County.
Host Old Mill, ranked No. 1 in the girls poll, showed why it sits in the top spot with a number of strong performances.
The Patriots demonstrated their depth by winning six events and taking eight second-place finishes.
"There were some good teams here," said Old Mill coach Ron Evans. "We learned a lot. We put some kids out there who did a nice job."
For the girls, Cathy Porter helped the Patriots rule the field events. She won the shot put (35 feet, 3 1/2 inches) and the discus (122-1).
Teammate Dorian Lee took the triple jump (32-6.5) while Kristin Wimbrow of Old Mill set a meet record (5-5) in winning the high jump.
Martise Moore gave the Patriots their other first-place finish as she took the 100-meter hurdles in 15.0 seconds.
Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis set her third Golliday Invitational record last night, winning the two-mile run in 11:22.6, breaking a record set in 1980 by 17.9 seconds. She also holds meet records -- set last year -- for the 880-yard run and the mile.
Greg Curtis of Oakland Mills was the lone multi-race winner for the boys.
Curtis (4:30.6) first edged Chris Long of No. 2 Old Mill in the mile, and then did the same thing in 880 (2:02.5 to 2:06.4).
"I can get some stiff competition here," said Curtis. "That's really helpful. It elevates you."
The Scorpions won four events, tied with No. 3 Perry Hall, No. 4 North County and Broadneck for the most victories. No. 2 Old Mill won twice also.
For Perry Hall, pole vaulter Dave Russell set a personal and meet record with by going 14-8, and teammate Jason Wancowicz won the discus by throwing 145-9.
The other meet record for the boys came from Broadneck's Arto Vartanian, whose throw of 57-4 in the shot put set a standard.