Any doubts about C. Milton Wright winning both girls and boys team titles in the Harford County Track and Field Championships in Aberdeen yesterday dissipated in the wake of its distance runners.
The favored Mustangs won both titles convincingly on the strength of their distance entrants.
Cara Wettlaufer led a 1-2-3 sweep at 800 and 1,600 meters as the girls team - taking its second straight county title - outscored runner-up John Carroll, 176-123. Patrick Bailey led the Mustangs boys, easily winning the 1,600 and 3,200 to help roll up a victory margin of 69 points over second-place Edgewood.
In the girls competition, the Mustangs swept the flat running events. Wettlaufer ran 2:21.7 in the 800 and 5:29.1 in the 1,600 after leading Wright's 3,200-relay team to victory Wednesday, the meet's first day.
Sprinter Stacie Johnson also was a double winner for the Mustangs. She retained her title in the 100 in 12.7 seconds and nipped defending champion Shannon Seipp of John Carroll in the 200 in 26.7. Megan Watkins won the 400 in 1:00.4; Morgan Little, the 3,200 in 12:05.7; and Kaitlin Baker, the high jump at an even 5 feet for the Mustangs.
"I'm really proud of them," said girls coach Barbara Johnson. "This is the smallest team we've had in a long time, and they have all had to pull together and flip-flop on events - whatever they had to do to help the team."
John Carroll's girls took the runner-up trophy with victories by Mary Kate Sullivan in the 300 hurdles and the Patriots' 800- and 1,600-relay teams.
A young Fallston team, led by 100-hurdle winner Jeanette Saltsman was a surprise third-place finisher with 93 points. Edgewood, with a repeat double victory by Lauren Dunn in the long jump (16 feet, 4 inches) and triple jump (35-2 1/2 ), took fourth place.
For Wright's boys, the Harford County championship was the 12th in 15 years and a winning conclusion for coach Bob Johnson, who returned to direct the team for one year.
Jesse Slowikowski won the 800 for the Mustangs in 2:01.0; Dan Cadenas won the high jump at 6-0; and Frank McFalls, the shotput at 47-4. Fallston's C. J. Burdon won his fifth, sixth, and seventh county titles in the meet. The senior set a county record of 14.0 in the 110 hurdle semifinals, then won both hurdle events and the 400 dash (50.4).
Edgewood, with Derrick Grice leading 1-2-3 finish in the triple jump and Terrell Lambirth winning the 100, was boys runner-up.