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March 21, 2003

Anne Arundel County

Controversy overshadowed a tightly competitive finish at last spring's county championships.

Lost in the muddle over whether the meet should have been postponed due to rain that never fell was a two-way tie for the crown between Southern and Old Mill. Annapolis finished third, four points behind.

The Panthers have talent in nearly every event and a convincing victory indoors would give them the slight edge. But Southern is the reigning Class 2A state champion and can rely on a veteran nucleus of athletes.

Old Mill slumped toward the latter stages of the indoor season, but usually performs well enough in the sprints and throws to make some waves.

Baltimore City

It may sound like a broken record, but Mervo is once again the favorite to win the city championship.

The Mustangs have taken 11 of the last 12 titles, winning some of them by more than 100 points over the closest competitor. Depth in the sprints, hurdles and jumps should clear the way for Mervo again.

Carver has been the groom's best man, finishing second at last spring's championship meet and the indoor version two months ago. The Bears will rely on a solid group of athletes in the hurdles and relays. Judging by Walbrook's third-place showing at the indoor city championships, the Warriors are hoping to overtake Carver this spring.

Baltimore County

If the outdoor season bears any resemblance to the indoor campaign, Woodlawn appears to be the favorite in the race for the county championship.

The Warriors collected their sixth indoor crown in seven years two months ago and have picked up six consecutive outdoor titles. A powerful corps of sprinters could help Woodlawn .

Dulaney struggled somewhat indoors, but boasts a strong contingent of distance runners.

If Loch Raven can extend its success from the indoor arena to the outdoors, expect the Raiders to challenge their larger brethren.

The dark horse in the crowd could be Randallstown, which placed fourth in last spring's county championships.

Carroll County

Westminster won the county title yet again last year, but South Carroll is coming off a strong indoor season and should give the Owls a fight.

The Owls can score points in a lot of places, especially in field events with Clint Stone (shot put) and others. Kevin Teal leads a group of sprinters that helps Westminster in individual events plus relays.

South Carroll boys came close last year to the county title, leading with three events left in the meet. Winters Mill is young but has talent and fared nicely during indoor track. North Carroll also will score points while the younger Century, Liberty and Francis Scott Key teams try to make some noise.

Harford County

C. Milton Wright has won 13 county titles in the past 16 years, including yet another one last year. According to Coach Al Baker, the Mustangs have not lost a county regular-season meet in over a decade.

That streak shouldn't end this year.

A dominant distance group, led by seniors Jesse Slowikowski and Pat Bailey, should flourish.

Joppatowne was second in the county last year and returns sprinters Mark Issacs and Mark Carter and long and triple jumper Stephen Penn. Returning from Fallston are sprinters Ben Minshall and Chris Cloud and distance runner Ryan DiMauro.

High jumpers Richard Simpson and Kevin Walsh pace Havre de Grace.

Howard County

Is another first in the cards for Mount Hebron?

The Vikings grabbed their first indoor county championship two months ago and appear poised to add their first outdoor title.

The move from indoor to outdoor adds five more events, which could bode well for Oakland Mills. The Scorpions, the defending Class 1A state champions who won their first county title last spring, thrive on the sprints and relays.

Wilde Lake mounted an impressive charge during the indoor season and will rely on its middle- and long-distance runners to stay on the leaders' heels.

River Hill and Glenelg - programs armed with distance runners - could make things interesting.

Private schools

Gilman is out to prove that last spring's scintillating win at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships was no one-year wonder.

The Greyhounds boast strength in the sprints and relays, but getting points from the field events could be the determining factor.

If Gilman slips, Mount St. Joseph will be more than ready to pick up the pieces. The Gaels lack a superstar, but have depth across the board that make them dangerous.

Archbishop Curley pushed Mount St. Joseph during the indoor season and has the sprinters, hurdlers and distance runners to challenge anyone. If there is an Achilles' heel, the Friars are weak in the jumps and throws.

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