The C. Milton Wright Mustangs parlayed their distance-running strength into a pair of team titles in the Harford County Track and Field Championships yesterday in Bel Air.
The boys team collected half of its 120 points in the four longest running events to top runner-up Joppatowne by 39 points.
The girls team got victories from middle-distance runners Kelli Buck in the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 16 seconds) and Megan Watkins in the 800 (2:23) and won the two longest relays. Sprinter Stacie Johnson added 26 non-distance points to help the Mustangs to a 45-point victory over second-place Fallston.
Johnson repeated as a double-dash champion, winning the 100 meters in 13.3 and the 200 in 26.7, and was third in the long jump.
"Everyone stepped up and got [personal records] these two days," said C.M. Wright girls coach Michelle Hicks.
In the boys events, C.M. Wright's victories came from its record-setting 3,200-meter relay team. Will Murdoch won the 800 in 1:59. Aaron Smith won the 1,600 in 4:25, and Pat Bailey took the 3,200 in 9:45 during the meet's first day. Jesse Slowikowski took second in the 400 and 800.
"The distance running is consistently strong and that's our advantage," said Al Baker, C.M. Wright's boys coach.
Joppatowne's boys team provided the biggest surprise, improving from seventh place last year to second with 81 points. Senior Phil Tillman led the Mariners with victories in the shot put (school-record 52 feet, 4 1/4 inches) and discus (145-6).
Three other male athletes claimed double victories. Harford Tech's Derrick Frank won the 100 meters in 11.4 seconds and the 200 in 22.9. Jason Linnear of Edgewood won the triple jump at 42 feet-11 1/4 after taking the long jump Wednesday.
Aberdeen's David Rollins collected four gold medals. He won the 110 hurdles in 15.5 and the 300 hurdles in 41.7. He also ran on the Eagles' 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams.
Jeannette Saltsman won both the girls hurdle races. The Fallston senior finished in 47.9 in the 300 hurdles and 16.6 in a one-two Fallston finish with Meg Gatza in the 100 hurdles.
Edgewood's Lauren Dunn won the long jump for the third time. The senior jumped 16-6 1/2 to win by two inches over John Carroll's Shannon Seipp.
Other individual winners were Gary Cover of Fallston in the 400 (52.2), Matt Luongo of John Carroll in the pole vault (12 feet), Ann Wein of Bel Air in the high jump (5-2), and Adrian Billups of Havre de Grace in the shot put (35-0).