Last week, Raina Domneys and Todd Singleton went together to the Old Mill junior prom. Yesterday, they had another great date.
Domneys and Singleton won the triple jump and high jump, respectively, helping the Patriots to a good start in the first day of Class 3A-4A competition in the state track and field championships at Western Maryland College.
Class 1A and 2A competition begins today, and all four classes conclude the meet tomorrow.
Domneys finished second three times at last year's state meet, then broke through this winter by taking a second in the triple jump at the nationals in Syracuse, N.Y.
Yesterday, her first state title came without much fuss. Domneys led the whole way and won with a jump of 38-3 1/2 , topping Debbie Reid of Laurel (37-6 1/2 ).
"It feels good, but I'm a little disappointed I didn't get a P.R. [personal record]," Domneys said.
Singleton, however, did get a personal record. Before this meet, the lanky 6-foot-4 jumper's best leap was 6-4. Yesterday, he blew away the competition with a jump of 6-8, winning by 4 inches over Martin Seonarain of Quince Orchard.
"I knew I could get [at] least 6-6 because I had been clearing 6-4 by a lot," said Singleton. "[At 6-8], I just couldn't get up."
Both athletes, who also are members of the Honor Society, acknowledge they felt happy for the other.
"I knew she'd win," Singleton said. "She's good."
Said Domneys: "I knew he was going to do his best. I knew he had itin him."
The rest of the Old Mill team had plenty in them. The Patriots boys (32) and girls (20) stood in second place after the first day. Quince Orchard (39) leads the boys, and Eleanor Roosevelt (26) tops the girls.
The Patriots usually score well in the field events, and yesterday was no exception.
For the girls, Michelle Smith (121-0) finished second in the discus and sixth in the triple jump (35-7), while Domneys won the event.
On the boys side, Jamal Dixon-Hawkins took second (52-7.75) in the shot put and teammate Nate Oliver fifth (48-6.5).
Christy Nichols of Arundel also turned in a memorable performance. She finished just 2.03 seconds behind Dulaney's all-everything runner, Amanda White (10:47.13 -10:49.16), in the 3,200.
Annapolis' Kristen Nicolini was third in that race in 11:20.47.