The Old Mill boys indoor track and field team appears to be as good - if not better - than advertised.
The No. 2 Patriots flexed their muscles and compiled 79 points, easily besting a field of 31 teams in the 41st annual National Guard meet yesterday at the 5th Regiment Armory.
High Point captured the girls title with 38 points, and unranked Franklin finished second with 33.5.
Old Mill's victory came on the heels of a disappointing, fifth-place showing Wednesday in the Anne Arundel-Howard County Challenge. But the Patriots opted to let their JV members participate in that competition, allowing their varsity squad to rest for yesterday's meet.
The strategy worked brilliantly as Old Mill scored at least two points in nine of the meet's 12 events.
Senior Larry Contrella took the 3,000 meters (9 minutes, 36.6 seconds). The team of seniors Matt Taby and Devin Bradley and juniors Eric Rucker and Ethan Burney won the 800 relay (1:41.1) and the squad of Taby, seniors Justin McDowell and Darnell Dixon and junior Kyle Rauser claimed the 3,200 relay (9:03.8).
Contrella said yesterday's victory could give the Patriots the boost they need for the Anne Arundel County championships, which will be in 10 days.
"It might give us a little bit of momentum," he said. "We're a pretty strong team. I think we have a shot at all the meets we're in."
As pleased as she was with her team's domination, Old Mill coach Janet Liimatta said she had hoped for a tighter meet.
"I was kind of hoping they would have to fight it out," she said. "As we get to regions and states, it'll be a lot closer."
High Point placed second with 43 points. No. 6 Arundel was third with 29, courtesy of a pair of wins from senior Bryan Jones in the 55 hurdles (7.5 seconds) and the 800 (2:09.3).
Other winners included Annapolis senior Larry Beavers in the 55 (6.5 seconds), Glen Burnie senior Michael Smith in the 1,500 (4:28.8), Hereford senior Chris Alderman in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches), and Perry Hall junior Joe Dillard in the pole vault (11-0).
On the girls side, Franklin scored in six events, including a victory from sophomore Michelle Donadio in the 1,500 (5:19.1).
But the Indians did not have enough to overtake the Eagles, who recorded 30 points from three wins and eight from a second-pace outing in the 800 relay.
Unranked Dulaney placed third with 25 points, boasting gold medalists in senior Kristen Marshall in the pole vault (9-0) and its 3,200-relay squad of seniors Annie Cecil, Jackie Schmidt and Kim Cook and freshman Amber Worthington (10:58.2).
Other winners included Milford Mill sophomore Ariana Forbes in the 55 hurdles (8.8), Towson sophomore Lauren Capone in the 3,000 (11:07.2), and C. Milton Wright junior Samantha Beltz in the high jump (4-10).
Atholton was fourth with 24 points. C. Milton Wright, Friendly and Towson tied for fifth with 22.