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2A West hopes don't add up against Urbana

May 22, 1999|By RON SOMERS / Sports Editor

Hubs, Middletown both finish second to Hawks at meet

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Watching a track meet is not like watching a ball game.

With running, jumping and throwing events all going on at once, it's hard to tell which team is ahead until the end.

North Hagerstown High coach Ray Shriver and Middletown coach Don Boyer, who was also serving as meet director, tried to keep pace with the rapid points accumulation during Saturday's Class 2A Region Track and Field Championships at Middletown High.

North had hopes of winning the girls title, and Middletown had hopes of winning the boys. Both made strong bids, with North leading the Urbana girls by 17 1/2 points with four of the 18 events remaining.

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"They're stepping up to the challenge,'' Shriver said, pointing out Meagan Verdeyen's expected wins in the shot put (43 feet, 6 1/2 inches) and discus (133-6) and surprise sixth in the long jump (15-5 1/4) and Ellery Hanlin's surprise fifth in the 400 (63.0).

"We threw her (Verdeyen) in the long jump for fun in a dual meet, and she ended up winning the meet,'' Shriver said. "That sealed her fate, and she had to do it from then on.''

Verdeyen, the state shot and discus champ, missed qualifying for the long jump in next week's state meet by 3/4 of an inch.

But when the region meet's end came and John Dye's computer spat out the final totals, it was Urbana that had outrun, outjumped and outthrown the girls and boys fields in the qualifying meet for the state championships at UMBC. Urbana's girls beat North 131 1/2 to 115 1/2, and Urbana's boys beat Middletown, 125 1/2 to 112 1/2.

"I can't see any single event that was a turning point,'' Shriver said. "Urbana has more depth.''

Liz Lowrie provided much of that depth. She won three events - the 800 (2:20.9), 1,600 (5:08.2) and 3,200 meters (11:31.0). North's Kari McCarty finished second in the 1,600 and 3,200 and third in the 800.

North's Johnavin McKinley won two events and broke a school record with a 49.5-second clocking at 400 meters.

"Before the race I ran out by the trees picturing the race and concentrating,'' he said.

It paid off as he broke the record of James Scott, who ran 49.8 in 1972. McKinley came back later and won the 800 in 1:59.7.

He said he was shooting for 48 seconds, but he'll take the 49.5, his best ever and first under the 50 -second barrier.

"I was like ... YES,'' he said describing his post-race reaction.

Greg McCormick leaped to two victories for Middletown, soaring 6-7 1/2 in the high jump and setting a school record of 13-9 1/4 in the pole vault.

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