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Cougars, Lions win MVAL track titles

January 18, 1997

By JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

The Catoctin High School girls repeated as team champions, while Walkersville won the boys' team title Friday night in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the Hagerstown Junior College athletic complex.

Kathy Messner was a quadruple winner for Catoctin, which easily outdistanced runner-up Middletown, 124-69. Smithsburg finished third with 63 points.

The Walkersville boys had 110 points, while Middletown was second with 89 points and Smithsburg was third with 68.

Messner set two new MVAL meet records by winning the 300- meter run in 42.2 seconds and the 55-meter dash in 7.3 seconds. She also won the high jump at 5-feet-4 and the 500-meter run in 1:23.6.

"We were kind of expecting to win it, but we were still working hard to accomplish our goal," Messner said. "We have a lot of talent and we work hard together as a team."

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Jana Romlein won the 55-meter hurdles (8.7 seconds) and Krissi Olsen won the 800-meter run (2:32.2) for Catoctin. The Cougars also won the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 10:33.2.

"We knew that we had the talent," Catoctin coach Margaret Baker said. "We spread it a little thin to win a lot of events."

Sean Allen was a double winner for the Walkersville boys, setting a new meet record by winning the 1,600-meter run in 4:40.8. He later won the 3,200-meter run in 10:25.9.

Walkersville's Damian Kolbay set a meet record with a leap of 12-4 in the pole vault. Nick Brown won the 300-meter run (37.6) and Chris Willis won the 800-meter run (2:08.0). The Lions won the 3,200-meter relay in 8:43.

Four other meet records were set. Smithsburg's Randy Hoffman won the boys' 55-meter dash (6.5 seconds); Hunter Cross of North Hagerstown won the boys' 55- meter hurdles (7.6 seconds); the Smithsburg girls won the 800- meter relay (1:52.8); and Natalie Dye of Middletown won the girls' pole vault (8 feet).

Ryan Suter of Boonsboro won the boys' shot put with a toss of 46-4. Smithsburg won both the boys' 800-meter relay (1:37.8) and the girls' 1,600-meter relay (4:28.8).

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