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Smithsburg sweeps indoor track titles

February 02, 1997

By JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

It's a simple rule, really - written in black and white.

But failure to abide by it cost Boonsboro the boys' team title at Saturday's Washington County high school indoor track and field championships at Hagerstown Junior College.

The Warriors were disqualified when the members of their 1,600-meter relay team failed to wear the same color spandex beneath their navy blue uniform shorts.

Three of the team members wore white spandex, while the fourth wore black.

The infraction cost the Warriors the eight points they would have earned for finishing second in the event and allowed Smithsburg to take the team title by a single point, 116-115.

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The Leopards also won the girls' team championship with 129 points. Boonsboro was second with 98 points.

"With the boys, we had at least a second-place finish wrapped up, thinking that Boonsboro would win by a wide margin," Smithsburg coach Herb Taber said. "Just by luck, we were able to take it by a point. The girls did as we expected. We had some good times and the younger girls have really come along strong."

Randy Hoffman won both the 300 meters (38.3) and the 55-meter dash (6.4), and was also part of the winning team in the 800-meter relay for Smithsburg. Pete Livolsi won the high jump at 6 feet and was a part of the winning team in the 1,600-meter relay. Ben Jones, Chris Stone and Mike Fritsch were on both of the boys' winning teams - the 800-meter relay (1:37.3) and the 1,600-meter relay (4:00.1).

Heather Jenkins won the 300 meters (42.2) and Michelle Primous won the 55-meter dash (7.3) - both in record times - to lead the Smithsburg girls. Both Jenkins and Primous were part of both the winning teams in the 800-meter relay (1:52.1) and the 1,600- meter relay (4:36.3). Stacy Welch won the high jump (5-2) and Tiffany Sakalski won the 3,200 meters (14:03.6).

Brad Long set a record in the 500 meters (1:10.7) and also won the 800 meters for Boonsboro. Ryan Suter won the shot put (47-1 3/4), Doug Oates won the 1,600 meters (4:43.4) and Mike Mullendore won the pole vault (12-6). All three Boonsboro athletes set records.

In the first year for the girls' pole vault, Boonsboro's Jessica Bracken won easily with a leap of 71/2 feet.

North Hagerstown's Stacy Hott set two records in winning the 500 meters (1:25.2) and the 800 meters (2:33.1).

North's Hunter Cross set a record in the 55-meter high hurdles (7.7), and Clear Spring's Tim Mason set a record in the 3,200 meters (10.19.2).

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