Old Mill sweeps regionals for sixth time Patriot girls withstand charge by Arundel


The machine that is the Old Mill indoor track team cranked out two more titles at yesterday's Class 4A East regional championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

For Old Mill, it was the sixth straight region sweep. But don't think it came easy.

The Patriots' boys team, despite a disqualification in the 800 relay, held off runner-up North County, 96-77, for the region crown. Old Mill's girls, meanwhile, needed every point they could muster to stave off upstart Arundel, 84.5-77.

"We talked all week about scratching and clawing for something and that's what the whole team did," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus.

"We've taken a whole bunch of new people, with no studs to work with, and we've made a team out of them. My hat is off to the coaching staff and the kids, because they did a super job."

The Wildcats, anchored by senior Christy Nichols, kept Old Mill looking at the leader board until the final event.

Nichols, who will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend to compete in the World Junior Cross Country Trials, did all she could to help the Wildcats' cause as she won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter events.

"Our team was really trying to win regionals today and to do that my coach [Tut O'Hara] thought I would have to get first in the mile and two-mile and third or something in the open 800 and Old Mill started beating us and that made me want to win the 800, too," said Nichols.

"When I came here, I wanted to run as slow as possible to save myself for this weekend and still get first."

Toney Fowlkes of North County won the boys 300 in a personal best 35.8 seconds and finished second behind Ryan Frommelt of Chesapeake in the 500.

Anthony Washington of Old Mill won the pole vault by clearing 12 feet and Adam Trzybinski picked up another 10 points for the Patriots with a winning toss of 47-7 in the shot put.

Severna Park's Chris Robey outlasted Northern of Calvert's Nick Gramsky in the boys 1,600 but Gramsky came back and won the 3,200 by edging Falcons' runner-up Paul Mathieu.

Old Mill's girls got the 18 points they've grown to expect in the shot put, with Cathy Porter winning and Renita Collins finishing second.

Damion Moss of Meade won the boys 55 hurdles in 7.5 and was second in both the high jump and 55 dash.

Malcolm Vaughn helped the Mustangs boys to a third-place finish by winning the high jump and taking second in the hurdles.

Kiki Ellis of North County won the boys -- and was second in the 300 and the Knights' Jessica Pratt took first in the girls 300 and third in the 500.

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