Yesterday's Baltimore County indoor track and field championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory served two different purposes for the winning teams. For one, it was a coronation. For the other, it was vindication.
Milford Mill's girls took the title by six points over Franklin. The Millers' victory ended a string of seven straight titles by Dulaney's girls, who were seventh yesterday.
For Woodlawn, the quest was a little easier. The Warriors ran away with the boys title, out-distancing second-place Dulaney by 29 1/2 points. Woodlawn had won five straight boys titles until Dulaney broke their streak last year.
Milford Mill's Novia Brown broke the only record in the meet, setting a county mark of 42.6 seconds in the 300-meter dash. The old mark, set in 1998 by Woodlawn's Catrice Jefferson, was 43.5
"I didn't know I'd broken the record," said Brown, who also took the 500 dash in 1 minute, 21.1 seconds. "I felt very relaxed and just cruised. I was very surprised by my time on this track."
The Millers pulled out the team win with motivation from their coach, Sharon Johnson.
"I told them we were tied with Franklin entering the last event [actually, Milford Mill had a 2-point lead], so we needed this one," she said. "Dulaney's in a rebuilding season, and we always looked at them as the team to beat. This is a very satisfying win for our program."
Milford's relay team of Camara Ashe, Megan Pinkney, Dominique Washington and Brown took control midway through the 1,600 relay, the evening's last race. The Millers won by 8 seconds over second-place Woodlawn and by 10 seconds over Franklin.
Woodlawn boy's coach, Mark Pryor, said winning this meet and taking back the title from Dulaney has been a goal for his team since the season began.
"I told them when we lost last year that they could either hang their heads about the outcome or do something about it," said Pryor. "We beat them [Dulaney] in the outdoor season, and now we've avenged this loss."
Washington and Brown from Milford Mill were the only multiple event winners for the girls. Washington won the high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches and the 55 hurdles in 8.7 seconds.
"I clipped a hurdle in the finals," said Washington. "This lets me know what I need to work on for states."
No one won multiple events in the boys meet, but Woodlawn placed in all but two events, the mile and the 2-mile.