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New venue should help HJC track team

May 09, 1998

By RON SOMERS

Herald-Mail Sports Editor

A seven-woman, 11-man contingent from Hagerstown Junior College is headed to the NJCAA Outdoor Division I National Track and Field Championships at a site that HJC coach Mike Spinnler said will be beneficial to everyone's performances.

In years past, the meet was held in Odessa, Texas, where, according to Spinnler, desert winds and high altitude hampered marks and darkened spirits.

But Spinnler said the new site of the meet - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville - is ideal. The meet runs from May 14-16.

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Several HJC athletes are ranked nationally heading into the event. The men's 1,600-meter relay is sixth with a clocking of 3 minutes, 15.12 seconds.

Anthony Campbell is eighth at 400 in 47.93, "the fastest in 20 years at HJC,'' Spinnler said. He'll also run the 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Kenny Stanley is ninth at 800 in 1:53.81, Chris Stanton is 11th with a triple jump of 47 feet, 2 1/2 inches, Duriel Mason is 11th with a 23-8 long jump and Donell Hayes is 12th at 100 in 10.66. Stanley will run the 1,600 relay, Hayes will run the 200 and 400 and 1,600 relays and Mason the 400 relay.

Other HJC men and their events are: David Bly, decathlon, pole vault; Don'te Carroll, 400 and 1,600 relays; James Eagler, 3,200 relay and 800; Greg Evans, 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relays; Tom Funk, 10,000; and Brian Sellers, steeplechase.

Jennifer Hartnett leads the HJC women, qualifying in the 1,500, 3,000, 10,000 and 3,200 relay.

Angie Fuss will run the 10,000.

The other women and their events are: Jessica Bracken, heptathlon, 3,200 relay; Pam Holtzman and Lealia Price, 3,200 relay; Dawn Shatzer, discus and javelin; and Micha Whitsel, shot put and discus.

Spinnler said the meet will be heavily attended by NCAA coaches who will be scouting, and his goal is to help place as many of his athletes as possible with them.

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