It came as no surprise to anyone at the Class 4A, Region IV track and field meet that both the Old Mill boys and girls teams walked away with the titles at Annapolis yesterday.
The Patriots boys beat their next closest competitor, Severna Park, Track and field
148-87. The girls' closest challenger was Chesapeake, whom they beat, 177-80.
For Old Mill coach Ron Evans, it was just another day at the track.
"When you have good kids and good, intelligent coaching, everything sort of takes care of itself," Evans said. "This will be a pretty good tuneup for the state meet. We qualified a lot of people, and as long as we don't have anybody hurt on Monday, I'd say it was a pretty good day."
Old Mill was led on the boys' side by Jamaal Dixon-Hawkins, who placed first in the discus and shot put. The Patriots' Brad Boetig also had two firsts with wins in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
One of the best outings of the day was turned in by North County's Sam Lomax, who had three first-place finishes to help his team to fifth place. Lomax scorched the field to win the 400 -- and 800 run. He also anchored the Knights' winning 1,600 relay team.
In the relay Lomax had to make up a three-second stagger to Meade, which he did with no problem.
"I was prepared to start my leg in second," Lomax said. "This was the same thing that happened last week at the county meet and we won there."
Lomax will be the favorite to win the 400 and 800 at this week's state meet, but says he isn't worried about the pressure.
"I'm very pleased with how I'm running," he said. "I work harder than anybody and I'm right where I want to be at this point in the season. I'll be very confident at states."
The girl with the best meet was undeniably Old Mill's Raina Domneys. She took first in the 100 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
"Raina had a very good meet today," said Evans. "She didn't score to par in the triple jump because we had her pass after one attempt so she wouldn't get worn out. But the rest of her performances were great."
Chesapeake's Tanieka Middleton took first in the 100 and 200 and anchored the winning 400 relay.