Did anyone expect Old Mill's boys and girls to do anything xTC less than dominate yesterday's Anne Arundel County Track and Field Championships at Annapolis?
The girls won their 13th consecutive title, and the boys claimed their fifth in a row. Both units came andwich Track and Field
into the meet as the prohibitive favorites, and they left five hours later as champions.
And by wide margins. Old Mill's girls outdistanced second-place Chesapeake, 166-80. The boys topped runner-up Meade, 144-81. Anyone looking for drama was in the wrong place.
"We're just happy to get in here and get some victories," said coach Ron Evans. "I was expecting some flat performances after [Friday] night's prom, and there were some. But all in all, they handled it well."
Junior Raina Domneys handled it best, winning four events and setting a county-meet record in the triple jump (38-7). She also placed first in the 100-meter hurdles (14.9 seconds), 300 hurdles (45.8) and long jump (17-6 1/2 ).
Domneys defended her county championship in the 100 hurdles and the triple jump. She recorded her best times of the year in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
The only question for Old Mill was whether senior Michelle Smith would be able to compete in the shot put and discus. She has been both
ered by hip and elbow injuries, and was a late entry in both events yesterday.
Smith set a county-meet record in the discus with a toss of 139-7 1/2 , easily surpassing runner-up Jaime Leavy of Old Mill (103-4). She also placed first in the shot put (39-8) -- an event that she won at last year's state meet -- and second in the 100 -- (12.3).
Chesapeake's Taneika Middleton won the 100 (12.1) and 200 (25.0) --es and ran on the 400 and 800 relay teams that took first.
On the boys side, South River's Jason Fullmer established an all-time record in the 110 hurdles (13.8), and he tied a county-meet record in the 300 hurdles (38.4). North County's Sam Lomax tied a county-meet record in the 400 -- (48.7) and also won the 800 run (1:57.8).
Old Mill's Jamaal Dixon-Hawkins won the shot put (52-3) and discus (159-7). Teammate Brad Boetig took first in the 1,600 (4:34.3) and 3,200 (10:07.1) runs.
The day's biggest controversy came when North County's 800 relay team was disqualified after an official determined that a Knights runner drifted into another lane. Old Mill was awarded first place.
Among the meet's surprises was Arundel freshman Christy Nichols' victory over Annapolis sophomore Kristen Nicolini in the 3,200 run, 11:17.0-12:34.6. Nicolini took first in the 1,600 (5:09.4) and 800 (2:23.8).
"Christy was trained to beat her in the two-mile," said Arundel coach Ralph Luce. "The higher the distance, the more it favors Christy."