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Meade boys take home Anne Arundel Co. title for second year in a row

The Baltimore Sun

The top-ranked Meade boys used their depth yesterday to easily prevail in the Anne Arundel County track and field championship meet for the second straight season, but the host Annapolis girls prevented the Mustangs from pulling off another sweep.

For the Meade boys, Justin Murdock, Dahmar Smiles, Matthew Brinkley and Anya Uzoh again carried the day for coach Nigel Holder's crew. The Mustangs finished with 153 points, easily beating Old Mill (76).

Murdock captured the 100 and 200 meters while Smiles won the 110 hurdles and came in a close second in the 300 hurdles and the 400. Uzoh nipped Smiles in that 400, prevailed in the triple jump and finished second in the long jump.

Brinkley won the 300 hurdles and the 800 as the Mustangs dominated. Meade won the Class 3A indoor state title after last year capturing the 4A state crown in outdoor track. The Mustangs should have a good shot at repeating this season.

"The boys are really something special," Meade coach Nigel Holder said. "They're really making a serious statement about a little dynasty they have."

Torrie Saunders and Jessica Tongue led the way for the Annapolis girls as the Panthers won their first team title in a close competition.

The Panthers, who shared the championship with Broadneck in 2001, edged Meade, 120-113.

A botched handoff in a late relay race cost Meade a shot at second place and a chance for the overall team title. If the Mustangs had finished second in that event, they would have gotten eight points and beaten Annapolis by one.

Saunders pulled away from Tongue to win the 100 hurdles for a third consecutive year. She also won the 300 hurdles and the triple jump, showing the versatility that has been her trademark.

Tongue did just as well, winning the 100 and 200 along with anchoring a key victory in the 400 relay late in the meet. Ashley Cottrell helped the Annapolis cause with a win in the long jump.

"Torrie and Jessica always score points," Annapolis coach Brian Brown said. "I told my girls that if anybody else ever started to do their thing that we'd be a good team."

Carroll County

The Francis Scott Key boys turned in an impressive performance to take the Carroll County title at Winters Mill. Arthur Leathers won the 1,600 and was second in 3,200, behind teammate Jordan White, to spark the Eagles. Key beat defending champion North Carroll, 143-102.

No. 2 North Carroll repeated as the girls champion. The Panthers finished with 170 points, topping runner-up South Carroll (115) in an impressive effort.

Alexis Hurd led the way for the victorious Panthers by taking the long jump and the 100 and 200. She capped her night by running on the winning 1,600 relay team.

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