Old Mill boys win last event, their first crown in 13 years

Patriots take 1,600 relay by 0.04 of a second to edge Suitland by 1 1/2 points

Class 4A track and field

High Schools

May 30, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Top-ranked Old Mill's quest for a boys state track title came down to the final 5 yards of the meet's final race at Morgan State.

The Patriots trailed Suitland by 2 1/2 points yesterday heading into the 1,600-meter relay and needed to finish at least two slots higher than the Rams to pass them. Old Mill had the lead on the final lap, and Darnell Dixon had to hold off Eleanor Roosevelt's anchor runner at the finish to give the Patriots first place and the Class 4A state title, the team's first in 13 years.

Dixon knew the Roosevelt runner was coming and out-leaned him at the finish line to give Old Mill first in a time of 3 minutes, 22.03 seconds. Roosevelt was second in 3:22.04, with Suitland third (3:22.81). If Roosevelt had taken first and pushed Old Mill back to second, Suitland would have won the team championship by a half point, but the win gave the Patriots 94.5 points, just ahead of Suitland (93).

"I heard him, and he was breathing hard just like me," Dixon said. "I refused to lose."

Old Mill coach Janet Liimatta gave credit to David Price and Steve Holmes for stepping aside at the last moment to give the Patriots the four best runners to beat a Suitland team they had never beaten in the 1,600 relay. Matt Taby, Kyle Rauser and Anthony Littlejohn ran the first three legs.

"I thought we'd lost it [before the race]," Liimatta said. "Suitland has beaten us every time we'd run against them in [that relay]. But there's nothing else they could've done other than what they did."

Rauser, Littlejohn and Kevin Barnes helped Old Mill compile points from different places, much as the Patriots did when winning five state titles from 1978 to 1991.

Rauser and Littlejohn came up with big performances in the 800 meters, taking first and second to give the Patriots 18 key points. Littlejohn also took second in the 1,600 and Barnes finished second in the 110 hurdles -- one day after winning the high jump and taking second in the long jump.

Also on the boys side, Arundel sprinter/hurdler Bryan Jones capped a comeback season by sweeping the 110 (14.31) and 300 hurdles (38.45).

The senior struggled through sophomore and junior seasons when hamstring problems repeatedly slowed him.

"As soon as I thought I'd have healed, something would pop again," Jones said.

Jones won his first state championship during indoor track season, taking the 55 hurdles. He then won the 110 and 300 hurdles in the Anne Arundel County and region meets and did it again in this meet.

For the girls, Largo pulled away for its second Class 4A title in four years and third in nine years. The Lions finished with 113 points, ahead of second-place C.H. Flowers (84.5).

The second-ranked Broadneck girls fared better yesterday after not scoring any points Friday. Lauren Centrowitz returned after not competing Friday because of the school's prom to win the 800 (2:13.73) and 1,600 (4:55.75).

Both of Centrowitz's winning times were the 10th fastest of all time in any class. Broadneck finished eighth with 20 points.


Team scores (29 schools): 1. Old Mill, 94.5; 2. Suitland, 93; 3. Gaithersburg, 61; 4. Woodlawn, 33; 5. C.H. Flowers, 32; 6. E. Roosevelt, Oxon Hill, 26; 8. Arundel, 20; 9. Northwestern-PG, Westminster, 19. 110H: 1. Jones (ARU), 14.31; 2. Barnes (OM), 14.72; 3. Morton (SUI), 15.13. 100: 1. Moore (NW), 10.92; 2. McGill (SUI), 10.94; 3. Teele (BOW), 11.12. TJ: 1. Welbon (GAI), 47-6.5; 2. Brown (SUI), 45-4.5; 3. Simmons (OX), 44-6. 1,600: 1. Martinez (GAI), 4:23.09; 2. Littlejohn (OM), 4:23.66; 3. Travers (PAT), 4:28.21. 400: 1. McGill (SUI), 48.75; 2. Bowman (SUI), 49.19; 3. McKay (ER), 49.56. 300H: 1. Jones (ARU), 38.45; 2. Simmons (OX), 39.21; 3. Brown (CHF), 39.76. 800: 1. Rauser (OM), 1:56.22; 2. Littlejohn (OM), 1:57.30; 3. Conerly (BLK), 1:58.43. 200: 1. McGill (SUI), 21.69; 2. Welbon (GAI), 21.84; 3. Bowman (SUI), 21.98. 400R: 1. C.H. Flowers, 42.67; 2. Suitland, 42.82; 3. Old Mill, 42.94. Discus: 1. Tozer (GAI), 141-6; 2. Mitchell (SUI) 137-5; 3. Wright (ER), 135-10. 1,600R: 1. Old Mill, 3:22.03; 2. E. Roosevelt, 3:22.04; 3. Suitland, 3:22.81. PV: 1. Begley (SHR), 13-6; 2. Jo. McNair (CHE), 11-6; 3. Ja. McNair (CHE), 11-6.


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