Old Mill came close.
The Patriots made a run at state titles yesterday with a strong team effort, but came up a little short, taking second (girls) and third (boys) in Class 4A at the state track and field championships at Western Maryland College.
The Patriots, who have won six boys and girls state titles apiece since 1977, couldn't catch champion Eleanor Roosevelt on the girls side or champion Quince Orchard and Mervo on the boys. The girls (second last year) finished with 83 points, Roosevelt racked up 96.25.
"I've got some that ran well today," said Old Mill coach Ron Evans. "[It was] just not good enough to get the job done.
As usual, the Patriots scored heavily in the field events. They went 1-2-3 in the shot put on the girls side. Michelle Smith (39-5 1/4 ), Colleen Wade (39-5) and Tomika Ballard (37-5 1/2 ) combined for 24 points.
Smith, who also took second in the long jump behind teammate Raina Domneys, used a performance that disappointed her on Thursday as a spark.
"It's good to redeem myself for Thursday," said Smith, upset at a second-place finish in the discus and a sixth-place finish in the triple jump. "It made me a lot more motivated."
Domneys, who won the triple jump Thursday, finished third in the 300 hurdles and second in the 100 hurdles and won the long jump (17-2 1/4 ). The boys, third with 64 (Mervo had 82 and Quince Orchard 83.5), got a first-place toss of 164-2 in the discus from Jamaal Dixon-Hawkins. The throw was a school record, and Dixon-Hawkins knew it was a winner.
"I could tell that it was [going far]," said Dixon-Hawkins. "I knew it was good."
He also finished second in the shot put on Thursday. Teammate Nate Oliver finished third in the discus.
In addition, Chris Yurwitz finished second in the pole vault at 12-6. Todd Singleton, the high jump winner on day one, was fifth at 11-6.
Jason Fullmer of South River turned in another noteworthy individual performance. He won the 100 (14.56) and 300 hurdles (38.74) in Class 3A for the second straight year.
Fullmer looked for the state record in both but came up short. He was on course to break the mark in the 300 before hitting the fifth hurdle and nearly going down. He regained his stride and rolled to the victory.
"It was a big disappointment because I could have done it," said Fullmer. "I was there."
In Class 4A girls competition, Annapolis (11th, 16 points), Chesapeake (13th, 15), Arundel (15th, 12) and Glen Burnie (18th, 10.25) all scored well.