Old Mill teams score sweep of Arundel county titles Girls win 13th straight, boys take 6th of last 7

Indoor track

January 23, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For anyone who still wasn't convinced, Old Mill gave further proof yesterday that its dynasty is alive and well by sweeping the team titles at the Anne Arundel County Championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

As expected, the Patriots' top-ranked girls team won its 13th straight county championship, holding off runner-up Annapolis, 74-62.

Old Mills' boys team, which had its streak of six consecutive county titles snapped last season by Meade, used its depth to score 76 points and overcome a strong charge by North County (69), Broadneck (57) and Meade (56).

"It didn't go the way I expected it to go, but we got a consistent effort, and that's what we needed," said Patriots first-year coach Bill Hickey. "This is a team win for both the boys and girls, because when you win by only a few points, every little place counts."

Victor Thillet of Old Mill, who plays soccer while most of the

distance runners compete in cross country, seemingly came out of nowhere to lead the boys team to victory. The sophomore held off Bernie Edwards of Severna Park to win the 1,600 before DTC winning the 3,200 in 10: 17.3.

Meade's chances of repeating sharply declined when sprinter Tanardo Sharps was dismissed from the team for failing to attend practice; and they dipped even lower when the Mustangs were disqualified from the two sprint relays.

After finishing a disappointing fifth in the pole vault, Old Mill junior Jackie Allen rebounded and set a county record in the 55 dash. Her personal best time of 7.0 seconds eclipsed the old mark, established in 1982 by Severna Park's Karen Taylor, by one-tenth of a second.

"I had a bad start out of the blocks at last year's region meet, and I didn't get to go to states for the 55 dash, so I really want to show what I can do this year," said Allen. "My goal all season has been to run a 7-flat, and there couldn't have been a better day to do it."

North County senior Amy Jacobs was the first to emerge from the meet as a double champ. She won the pole vault by clearing a county-record tying 8-feet and won the gold in the 55 hurdles in 9.2 seconds.

"I just got a new, heavier pole, and I've been doing awesome on the hurdles, so I was hoping to win them both today," said Jacobs. "This feels great. It's indescribable."

Moments after settling for third in the 1,600, Brad Wisniewski boldly predicted he would be victorious in the 800. The North County senior backed up his talk by chasing down Broadneck runner-up Mike Rolland in the final lap and winning the event in 2: 06.5.

"I'm startled," said Knights coach Ed Harte, just seconds after watching Wisniewski become North County's newest county champion. "Brad has made tremendous strides over his four year career."

Said Wisniewski: "It took me four years, but I finally got it.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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