Sense of pride boosts Old Mill to ninth sweep of county titles

January 25, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Old Mill's boys team could have folded when its standout runner, Richard Queen, went down with a pulled hamstring early into yesterday's Anne Arundel County Championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Old Mill's girls could have panicked with Annapolis nipping at their heels late in the meet.

Neither team buckled. And the Patriots have two more championship plaques to prove it.

For the ninth straight year, Old Mill used its depth and talent to sweep the team titles at the county meet. The Patriots girls team won its 11th consecutive county crown by holding off upstart Annapolis, 67 2/3 -65.

The boys team competition wasn't quite as tight but North County coach Ed Harte was convinced that his runner-up Knights gave Old Mill "a scare" before bowing, 90 1/2 -79.

Old Mill coach Mike Marcus agreed.

"You saw some great performances today but you also saw some kids who had some pride on the line," said Marcus. "There's some tradition here at Old Mill and that's what they're trying to keep. They don't want to be the ones to let go of it."

The Patriots boys team picked up 14 points in the pole vault with Anthony Washington and Paul Jackson finishing 2-3 behind county champ Jason Berger of South River, and Adam Tryzbinski and Balvin Brown finished first and third, respectively, for Old Mill in the shot put.

Cathy Porter emerged as the only individual champion for the Patriots and her toss of 38-5 1/2 inches, while it wasn't her personal record, set a meet standard.

Christy Nichols of Arundel broke her own meet record in winning the girls 3,200 in 10 minutes, 58 seconds.

North County sprinter Toney Fowlkes broke not one, but two records, set by Meade's Derrick Love in 1989. The senior shaved three-tenths of a second off of Love's time in the 300 -- (36.3) and improved the county meet record in the 500 by four-tenths of a second (1:08.3). Fowlkes finished the day by running a 50.4-second split in the anchor leg of the Knights' county champion 1,600 relay team.

"I knew I would probably win a few things but I shocked myself by setting the records," said Fowlkes. "I was just trying to do the best I could and if the best I could do was setting records, so be it."

North County's Jessica Pratt won the 300 -- and finished third in the 500.

Becky Morris led the way for Annapolis' girls by winning the 500 and helping the Panthers to a first-place finish in the 1,600 relay. Morris also placed second in the 800, between teammates Alison Ross (first) and Misha Bilyeu (third).

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