Capturing last night's Class 4A-3A Central Region indoor track and field championships at the 5th Regiment Armory had very different meanings for the Old Mill boys and Western girls teams.
For the No. 2 Patriots, the boys crown brought a much-needed end to the program's winless streak at the regional level. The last time Old Mill had won a regional title was in 1999.
The Patriots used a formula they have utilized all winter: win a handful of events and rely on their considerable depth to compile points in the other events.
Senior Larry Contrella took the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 19.4 seconds, senior Nicholas Perrey the shot put with a toss of 44 feet, 4 1/2 inches, and junior Chris Bryant the pole vault with a mark of 12 feet.
The foursome of seniors Justin McDowell, Darnell Dixon and Matt Taby and junior Kyle Rauser turned in victories in the 1,600 relay (3:44.1) and the 3,200 relay (8:50.3).
The Patriots then employed their depth to score in 12 of 13 events for a grand total of 97.
No. 4 Woodlawn finished second with 68 points. The Warriors were paced by senior Ronald Bias, who won the 55 hurdles (7.6 seconds) and the high jump (6 feet), but it wasn't enough to catch Old Mill.
"Old Mill just had too many numbers," said Woodlawn coach Mark Pryor.
Randallstown, which finished third with 49 points, collected a win in the 55 from senior Stephen Pinkett (6.4 seconds). No. 10 Broadneck (fourth with 40 points) picked up a win from junior Devin Regan in the 500 (1:10.6).
Other winners included Parkville senior Doug Rubin in the 300 (38.0 seconds), C. Milton Wright junior Barshied Bowman in the 800 (2:09.6), North County senior Joe Wojciechowski in the 1,600 (4:47.3) and Meade's 800-relay squad.
For the No. 3 Doves, the girls championship reaffirmed their status as one of the metropolitan area's premier programs. Western has collected four straight regional crowns and five in the past six years.
Sophomore Shalaiyah Sommerville took home three first-place ribbons. She won the 300 (42.4 seconds). She then teamed with Leticia Wright, Keiristin Harrison and Tiara Thornton to win the 800 relay (1:52.6) and sophomore Teresa Lewis and freshmen Tashana Johnson and Tiara Russell to claim the 1,600 relay (4:24.4).
Lewis added a pair of victories in the 55 (7.2 seconds) and the 55 hurdles (8.4 seconds).
"We knew we were going to win," Sommerville said. "Since we've won four [straight] regionals, we're going to keep maintaining that success."
No. 1 Broadneck picked up two wins from senior Lauren Centrowitz in the 800 (2:24.8) and the 1,600 (5:28.5), but coach Dana Dobbs said the team looked "flat" in its quest for its first indoor regional crown.
"That's what we wanted to achieve," he said. "But when you're not on top of your game and you [face] a team as deep as Western, it's very difficult."
No. 6 C. Milton Wright, which placed third with 46 points, was bolstered by Samantha Beltz's victory in the high jump (5 feet).