Mattie Cymek of Chesapeake-Anne Arundel set a meet record in the shot put and was one of the area's few individual winners at yesterday's 30th Annual Maryland National Guard Games at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
Cymek broke a seven-year record with her throw of 41 feet. The previous mark of 40-11 1/2 was set in 1984.
Eleanor Roosevelt and Bowie, both of Prince George's County, captured the girls and boys titles, respectively. Bowie's win in the boys 1,600-meter relay, the final event of the evening, gave the Bulldogs the boys title over Perry Hall, 34-32. The Gators did not have a team in the 1,600 relay.
For Perry Hall, Greg Sutton won the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches) and Charles Adams took the shot put (49-10).
Old Mill finished third in both the boys and girls divisions. The Patriots were favored to win the boys division, but lost several sure points when Rocky McMillan, state Class 4A champion in the 55-meter hurdles, was disqualified for a false start in that event. Old Mill's only individual winner was Chris Yurwitz, who tied for first in the pole vault (12-6).
It wasn't until the final event, the girls 1,600-meter relay, that Roosevelt edged out Central of Prince George's County, the defending meet champion, 54-49. Had Central finished two places ahead of Roosevelt in the relay, it would have claimed the title.
The meet featured participants from approximately 70 Maryland schools.
Ebony Robinson of Roosevelt tied the meet record of 6.9 in the 55-meter --, edging Hammond's Kisha Jett (7.0). Robinson joins Delores Jefferson of Roosevelt, who has held the record since 1979. Robinson also ran the anchor leg on the winning 1,600 relay team.
The closest race of the day was the boys 55-meter hurdles. With Old Mill's McMillan disqualified, Reginald Peyton of Barrie of Silver Spring won the event with a time of 7.5 seconds, a 10th of a second off the meet record. Second place was video reviewed, with Tom Doan of Perry Hall edging out Jay Hicks of Woodlawn. Both had a time of 7.7.