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Mason runs away with HCC yearly honors

May 03, 2000|By JACK HILL III

It was a situation the Hagerstown Community College running teams were used to.

They were out front with sophomore Tim Mason leading the pack.

Mason was selected the most valuable athlete for men's cross country and track teams Tuesday at the HCC athletic banquet at the school's athletic complex.

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"I really haven't reflected on my own personal titles too much," Mason said. "I am just trying to stay focused on the outdoor nationals coming up next weekend (in Edwardsville, Ill.). Our men's team has so much talent that anybody can go out and win a title on any given day. It is pretty much like that on the women's team, too."

Mason became the first national champion at Hagerstown since 1988 when he won the national title in the 5,000 meters for indoor track.

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The 1998 graduate of Clear Spring was a two-time All-American in cross country along with the Maryland JuCo and Region XX champion. He led the cross country team to its 22nd straight Region XX championship.

Mason is also an All-American for the outdoor 5,000 meters, the indoor 5,000 and the indoor mile.

Sophomore Becky Walter was the women's track MVP. The 1998 Middletown graduate became an All-American in the women's pole vault with a leap of 11 feet, six inches.

"During this past weekend at the Frostburg Invitational, my pole vault leap went from 10 feet, six inches to 11 feet, six inches," Walter said. "I just hope to continue to improve on that during the national competition."

Renata White was women's cross country MVP while leading the team to its fourth consecutive Maryland JuCo championship.

The men's 3,200-meter relay team of Chris Pereschuk, Corey McLinton, Justin Ward and Johnavin McKinley also earned All-American status.

"The athletes are willing to make great sacrifices and commit themselves with a great deal of passion to their goals," HCC track coach Mike Spinnler said. "Since they are willing to do those things, then quite literally the sky is the limit."

Other MVPs were:Mike Flickinger (men's soccer), Emily Shirk (women's soccer), Katie Baker (volleyball), Tia Ferguson (women's basketball), Paul Micheal (men's basketball), Stacey Zeger (softball), P.J. Hiser (baseball) and Adam Lane (tennis).

Katie Baker was the first volleyball player in school history to be selected First Team All-American.

Mary Beth Kennell is an All-American nominee in softball with a .527 batting average, which has led the nation for most of the year.

Hiser leads the baseball team with a .450 average and in home runs. Ferguson grabbed a total of 670 rebounds during her two years for an average of 11 rebounds per game.

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