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With a quad-meet victory Thursday, C. Milton Wright's boys track team ran its regular-season winning streak to 91.

Now, the Mustangs will try to build on that by going after their seventh straight Harford County Boys Track Championship on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Fallston High.

Few in local track circles would not pick the Mustangs boys to repeat, because they have beaten every team in the county convincingly this season. But Mustangs coach Jim McNicholas is still cautious.

"In the county meet, anything can happen because everybody is throwing their best at you, and in some events, we're not that strong," said McNicholas, adding that some teams the Mustangs beat early could be vastly improved. "Our distance is going to be our strong point. If we can hold our own in the field events, we have as good a shot as anyone else."

Equally cautious is Gary Trott, coach of Fallston's defending champion girls team.

"C. Milton Wright has some good girls," said Trott, whose team has won seven of the past 10 girls titles. "I still think it's going to be very close."

Although many teams have potential individual county champs, few if any have the depth to rival the Mustangs boys or the Cougars girls in a 10-team meet like the county championships. Both teams displayed that depth in Thursday's regular-season finale.

The Mustangs boys scored 138 points to rout Perryville (65.5), Fallston (62.5) and Harford Tech (6).

Only Fallston's Ben Hall prevented a Mustangs sweep of the distance events. Hall was second behind Brian Harris (4 minutes, 37 seconds) in the 1,600 meters with Chad Boyle third. Troy Morse won the 3,200 meters in 10:30 followed by teammates Kevin Koffenberger and Steve Donahue. At 800 meters, Harris ** (2:04) again was first followed by Hall and the Mustangs' Jeff Judy.

The Mustangs won all the relays. Chris Parkinson, Morse, Scott Davies and Koffenberger won the 3,200; Donald Williams, Judy, Kory McBride and Davies, the 1,600; Street, Jeff Adams, Williams, and Davies, the 800; and Street, Adams, Williams and Chris Gill, the 400.

In the sprints, the Mustangs managed another clean sweep. Gill won the 200-meter -- in a personal best of 22.7 and the 100 in 10.99. Rodney Bralich was second in the 200 followed by Davies. Chris Street finished second in the 100 with Bralich third.

In the field events, Gill won the long jump (19-3); McBride the triple jump (36-3); and Mike Kralec the pole vault (11-9). Lamar Kennard won the 110 hurdles (15.18).

For Fallston, Ephraim Dorsey was the only individual winner, taking the high jump in a personal best 6-5. He was also second in the long jump (18-8).

In the girls competition, the Cougars compiled 121.5 points to beat the Mustangs (75.5), Perryville (51) and Harford Tech (five).

For the Cougars in the hurdle events, Wendy Ingram won the 100 meters in 17.9, with Holly King second. King also was second in the 300.

In the 400 and 800, the Cougars swept the top three places. Pam Toth edged her teammates by one-tenth of a second in both races -- winning the 400 in 1:05 and the 800 in 2:30. King was second in the 400 followed by Valerie Shanahan. Candy Credito was second in the 800 with Monica Beall a close third.

Beall won the 1,600 in 5:41, edging Mustangs freshman Jen Engle hart (5:43). In the 3,200, Laurie Cicero (13:15) was first with C. Milton Wright's Stacy Servia second and Harford Tech's Erin Fitzgerald, third.

Fallston's Kelly Greer, Toth, Credito and Snyder won the 3,200 relay. Beall, King, Greer and Snyder combined to win the 1,600.

Also for the Cougars, Suzanne Sharff won the high jump with her best leap of the season, 5-1. Becky Bystry was second with her best height, 4-10. Bystry also won the long jump in 14-5. The Cougars swept the triple jump with Blythe Hunsinger first at 29-0 followed by Bystry and Shelby Worthington.

For the Mustangs, Miranda James won the 100 (12.6) and the 200 (26.6). Beth Walls was second in the 200. The Mustangs also won the 800 and 400 relays.

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