There were no surprises yesterday as C. Milton Wright's boys won 10 of 18 events en route to their seventh straight Harford County track and field title, but there were plenty of surprises in the girls competition.
Edgewood, led by the quadruple-gold-medal performance of sprinter Rebecca Lesesne and a strong field performance, upset defending girls champ Fallston, 118-113.
"What can I say? We've only got 11 girls and we got 118 points," said a stunned Rams coach Roy Norris. "When we got points, they must have been firsts."
Lesesne, a sophomore with a perfect record at the county meet, won the 100-meter dash and the 200. She also joined teammates Nicole Bazile, Crystal Thomas and Delicia Haynes to win the 400 and 800 relays.
"I didn't think I was going to be able to do it this year against Miranda," said Lesesne, who held off C. M. Wright freshman Miranda James in both sprints. "But the team championship is more important to me, because when you're doing it with everyone else it's a better feeling and it's easier."
In the field events, Tara Hamulack won the discus and led a Rams sweep of the shot put. Tiffany Higgins was second in the shot and Lauren Bocklage third. Erika Pleasant won the triple jump, and Sharron Wesson was second in the long jump and high jump and third in the triple jump.
Fallston, without its top middle-distance runner, Pam Toth, who was attending her brother's college graduation, made it close tTC with strong efforts in middle distance. Even without Toth, the Cougars swept the 800-meter run, with Candy Credito first, Monica Beall second and Laura Snyder third.
Credito joined Beth Rappold, Beth Blasi and Kelly Greer to win the 3,200 meters, and Beall, Holly King, Greer and Snyder won the 1,600 relay. Snyder won the 300 hurdles and Becky Bystry took the high jump.
In the distance events, Aberdeen's Christy Moon swept the 1,600 and 3,200. In the 1,600, she and Beall each nipped defending champ Michelle Apland at the finish. Moon also slipped by Apland to win the 3,200.
The Mustangs ran away with the boys' title, outdistancing Bel Air, 209-104. As they did last year, the Mustangs dominated the distance and field events.
Brian Harris led the distance runners with victories in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Troy Morse, Chris Parkinson, Kevin Koffenberger and Scott Davies won the 3,200-meter relay, and Donald Williams, Kory McBride, Jeff Judy and Davies won the 1,600-meter relay. Davies also won the 400 and Morse took the 800.
In the field events, Ron Paden won the shot put, with Steve Downey second. Downey took the discus and Lamar Kennard the high jump. Mike Kralek won the pole vault.
Chris Gill won the 100-meter dash , edging Bel Air's Roy Sampson and Havre de Grace's Marvin Jackson (10.99).
Bel Air's Terry Vail won four gold medals, including victories in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Vail also anchored the winning 400- and 800-meter relay teams that included Roy Sampson, Bill Gullett and Brant Livezy.