Old Mill boys surprise coach with Guard title Patriots just get past Perry Hall and Mervo

Indoor track

January 21, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Old Mill coach Mike Marcus was as surprised as anyone yesterday when the public address announcer at the Fifth Regiment Armory announced that Old Mill had won the boys team competition at the 34th annual National Guard Scholastic Games.

"I was thinking that if we finished in the top 5 in both [boys and girls] it would be a very successful day for us and this is a shock," said Marcus, whose boys (33) edged runner-up Perry Hall (29 1/2 ) and third-place Mervo (24).

"We thought the girls had a better shot going into the day. We've taken a bunch of misfits and we're making a team out of them. We have kids who either got cut from basketball or decided not to play coming out and kids who were ineligible who are finally turning their act together."

Richard Queen, who is working his way back from a foot injury, led the Patriots by finishing second in both the 55-meter -- (6.4 seconds) and 55 hurdles (7.8).

Queen teamed up with Randy Copeland, Isaac Beard and Brian Zeigler to claim second in the 800 relay (1:36.8) and Beard and Copeland joined forces with Paul Jackson and Shawn Marshall to finish second in the 4 x 400 relay (3:38.8).

Fairmont Heights of Prince George's County won the girls team title with 34 points and Linganore and Surrattsville finished tied for second with 28.

Dulaney's girls emerged as the metro-area's highest finisher as they claimed fourth with 27 points.

Glenelg's Pat Tvarkunas set a meet record in the pole vault by posting a personal best 14-10.

"I was hoping to get 15 feet today and I attempted it, but I was getting tired at the end," Tvarkunas said. "My goal this season is 16 feet. Right now, I'm a little tentative on the runway, but my confidence is rising."

Nyjla Littlejohn's confidence must be soaring as well. The junior from Wilde Lake won the girls 55 hurdles in 8.7, outlasting Howard senior Gianna Alston (8.8).

Cathy Porter of Old Mill continued her winning streak by claiming the gold in the girls shot put with a toss of 39-4 1/2 and teammate Sara Kirby picked up 10 points for the Patriots with a first-place finish in the high jump (5-2).

Bridget Quenzer of Mount de Sales captured first in the girls 3,000 (10:44.5) and was second (4:52.6) behind Kristen Ritter of Linganore in the 1,500.

Calvert Hall senior Cory Smith, who is trying to earn a coveted spot in the mile at this year's Melrose Game, edged runner-up Joe Smith of Calvert to win the boys 1,500 (4:09.7) and helped the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 relay.

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