Old Mill coach Mike Marcus knew his boys team had the numbers and the talent to hold off Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County in yesterday's Class 4A indoor track and field championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory, but he reminded his Patriots that winning on paper doesn't cut it.
When Marcus calculated his projections for the Patriots' girls contingent, he had his team coming up a few points short, so he reminded that group that anything can happen.
It did, and Marcus couldn't have been happier.
Old Mill swept the team titles. The Patriots boys, who recently won their seventh straight county title, tallied 86 points to Roosevelt's 56 while Old Mill's girls team had a slightly tougher time, but still edged Roosevelt, 58-55, for the state title.
"We knew we had a chance to win on the girls side if one of Roosevelt's athletes got disqualified or false-started or was academically ineligible and I told my girls that we have to be in position to take advantage of something like that and they did," said Marcus, after watching his girls team snap Roosevelt's four-year streak of state titles.
Old Mill finished 1-2 in the girls 55 hurdles with junior champion Martise Moore (8.45 seconds) edging runner-up Raina Domneys (8.46).
Old Mill sophomore Cathy Porter, who missed the county meet while having her appendix removed, made a fast recovery and earned herself a state title when she won the shot put with a personal best toss of 33-5.
Chesapeake's Hope Showell, who won the county and region titles in the shot put, took fifth and another Old Mill sophomore, Katie Mack, took home a sixth-place ribbon.
Annapolis' girls team captured the gold in the 3,200 relay behind Becky Morris, Lila Dodge, Kristen Nicolini and Susan DeWolff. Arundel High sophomore Christy Nichols won the girls 1,600 by outlasting runner-up Megan Makowski of Perry Hall and Dulaney's Meghan White and later repeated the task in winning the 3,200.
Old Mill picked up 10 points in the boys 1,600 thanks to a 3-4 finish by Jason Reckner and Chris Long. Reckner later finished third in the 800 in 2:05.2.
Dennis Lomax of North County won the 500 and teammate Tamiko Mack finished third in the girls 500.