LANDOVER - While the Chesapeake-Anne Arundel boys indoor track and field team breezed to victory at the second installment of the Anne Arundel-Baltimore County Challenge at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex last night, the girls squad didn't exhale until almost the very end.
The Cougars found themselves leading Woodlawn by just four points up until the final event of the night, the 1,600-meter relay. But the Warriors opted to rest their relay crew, paving a lane for Chesapeake to capture the girls competition, 80-74.
Not that it would've mattered to many of the Cougars, who like team co-captain and senior Heather Millford, don't worry about the scores until the meet is over.
"It's never really a consideration for us," said Millford, who cleared 10 feet to take the pole vault. "We never know the score until Coach [Skip] Lee tells us on the bus. We just run hard."
Chesapeake, which also earned a win from sophomore Brittney Foreman in the 55 (6.9 seconds), collected 30 points in three field events and could make some noise at next Tuesday's Anne Arundel County championships.
The boys contest wasn't nearly as close as No. 8 Chesapeake-AA racked up 58 points in three field events en route to 107 1/2 total points, outdistancing runner-up Woodlawn by 59 1/2 points.
The Cougars got top honors from senior James Mildenberger in the high jump (6 feet), senior Frank Sheer in the shot put (41 feet, 10 1/2 inches), senior John McNair in the pole vault (11 feet, 6 inches), the foursome of Mildenberger, senior Chris Gast and sophomores Russell DiAngelo and Rob Taft in the 800 relay (1:37.9) and the senior foursome of James McNair, Tom Parker, Francis Putnam and Ryan Robinson in the 3,200 relay (8:50.3).