Old Mill girls, Annapolis boys win Anne Arundel track crowns

Reservoir boys, No. 7 Hammond girls victorious at Howard County meet

May 12, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The No. 9 Old Mill girls needed a furious late rally to win their title Wednesday night at the Anne Arundel County track and field championship meet at Annapolis. But the Annapolis boys didn't have as much trouble en route to their championship.

Alexis Franklin and Taylor Parson sparked Old Mill's comeback from a big early deficit, and the Patriots edged Chesapeake by two points. Meanwhile, the Annapolis boys won by 13 points over Chesapeake.

Chesapeake held a 42-point lead early in the meet, but Old Mill rebounded to finish with 104 for the two-point win. Franklin set three meet records — breaking her own marks each time. She won in the 100 hurdles (13.86 seconds), the open 400 (54.16) and the 300 hurdles (42.67).

The junior set new marks in each race and later ran on the victorious 1,600 relay.

"Going into today, I wasn't really feeling it," Franklin said. "My mindset wasn't into it. Then, when I got the line in my first race, I just cleared my mind."

Parson won the 100 in 12.25 seconds and the 200 in 25.37 seconds. She also ran on two winning relays — the 1,600 with Franklin as well as the 800.

Chesapeake showed its strength in the field events early. Morgan Cluster (long jump, 16 feet, 61/2 inches), Casey Smith (discus, 117-5) and Ashley Reilly (pole vault, 9-6) all scored victories.

The Annapolis boys showed their balance and finished with 99 points to beat out Chesapeake (86) and end Meade's five-year hold on the title.

John Harris, Shane O'Donnell and DeAndre Cunningham led Annapolis. Harris won the 100 and 200 and took second in 400. He also ran on the second-place 400 relay.

O'Donnell won the 3,200, took second in the 1,600 and was third in the 800. Cunningham won the 300 hurdles and finished second in the 110 hurdles as the Panthers won their first title since 2000.

"We waited a while for this," Annapolis coach Brian Brown said.

Howard County championships: The Reservoir boys and No. 7 Hammond girls won the team titles in the two-day title meet, which ended Tuesday at River Hill.

After winning its first county title a year ago in a balanced effort, Reservoir was able to repeat thanks to a similar formula and the performance of Kyle Mitchell. He won the 100 and 300 hurdles, and finished second in the triple jump, for 28 of the team's 91 points.

Hammond also won the county's indoor track title. Finishing with 102 points, the Bears swept the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays and got a victory from Amanda Mercer (17-7) in the long jump.

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