Milford Mill's girls pull out state crown

No. 1 Annapolis boys upended by Paint Branch

Class 3A-2A indoor track and field

February 25, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LANDOVER - Championship track and field meets are often close, but last night's Class 3A-2A state indoor meet took that concept to a different level.

Fourth-ranked Milford Mill's girls trailed first-place Douglass of Prince George's by four points with one event left in the meet at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. Then the Millers, led by Novia Brown and Dominique Washington, rallied to win the 1,600-meter relay and repeat as team state champions.

The top-ranked Annapolis boys weren't as fortunate. The Panthers trailed Paint Branch - also by four points with one event left - but Paint Branch's win in the night's final race, the 1,600 relay, sealed the title over the defending champs, who finished out of the points.

Milford Mill finished with 45 points to Douglass' 40 for the championship.

The Millers won the 1,600 relay in 4 minutes, 7.8 seconds, beating Blake (4:12.0) and Paint Branch (4:14.2) to pull out the team championship. Brown won the 300- and 500-meter runs and ran on this relay and one other.

The senior, headed for Delaware State in the fall, completed the season unbeaten in the 300 and 500. She captured last night's 300 in 39.7 seconds - a state and class record - by nipping Shani Boone of Douglass (Prince George's) by 0.1 of a second. In the 500, Brown hung on to win a close race in 1:17.1, another class record.

Brown, who had a hand in 38 of Milford Mill's points, set a goal at the beginning of this season to help the team repeat as state champion. She also wanted to win the 300 and 500 - as she did last year - plus help on the relays. Brown knew she would be the hunted this winter.

"The pressure was tough, and it just hurts, there was pain," Brown said. "But it's well worth it."

Washington was third in the 55 hurdles and helped on the relays, giving Milford Mill crucial points.

Annapolis' Will Eden scored a big victory in the 3,200 and took second in the 1,600. The sophomore had come close several times in the postseason but hadn't been able to win the 3,200 until last night.

Eden took the lead with about 500 meters, about two laps, left.

"That's what I wanted to do," Eden said of his late kick. "I didn't think I had that much left after running [the 1,600] before."

Eden took second in the 3,200 in both the Anne Arundel County and region meets. He also was third in the 1,600 in the county and second in the region.

Cordry Mouldon took second in the 500 with a time of 1:07.2. The Panthers also finished second in the 3,200 relay, just behind Mount Hebron.

Annapolis took its lead going into the last event when Andrew Corddry was fourth in the 800.

Other local winners: Hammond's Shade Smith (55 dash in 6.9 seconds), Mount Hebron's Jeannette Curtis (55 hurdles in 7.9) and Damon Gasque (high jump in 6 feet, 2 inches). The Mount Hebron boys and girls also took the 3,200 relay.

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