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As easy as 1-2-3

May 11, 2000|By DAN KAUFFMAN

As easy as 1-2-3: Smithsburg sweeps hurdles to highlight county meet

SMITHSBURG - For Smithsburg hurdlers Matt Seifarth, Mark Hutzell and Kyle Dingle, it was just another Thursday workout on their home track.

Except this wasn't a practice session. This was the Washington County Championships, and there was business to attend to.

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"I knew there'd be smiles on all their faces if we went 1-2-3," Seifarth said after the trio did just that in the 110-meter high hurdles, leading the Leopards' boys to a second-place team finish.

"It's something we worked for all three years," Hutzell added. "It's like a dream come true for us."

Williamsport claimed the boys title with 193 1/2 points as Nathan Buchman won both the 1,600 and 3,200. Smithsburg's girls won their eighth county championship in nine years, scoring 215 points to outdistance North Hagerstown.

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The most impressive sight in a meet full of them, however, was Seifarth, Hutzell and Dingle making a purple-and-gold beeline for the finish in the hurdles.

Seifarth took the win in 15.9 seconds, using a quick start to fend off Hutzell, who clocked 16.1.

"I knew if I wanted to do decent, I had to get a good start," Seifarth said. "Hutzell was my motivation. I knew I had to get a good start to (beat) him."

Dingle fended off Hancock's Mike Hixon to complete the Smithsburg sweep.

"I didn't get out of the blocks very well," Dingle said. "I knew I was going for third, because I knew those two were gone. ... It's really awesome. I was hoping we'd go 1-2-3 on this one."

"They've got the potential, all three of them, to finish in the top six at a big meet," Leopards coach Buddy Orndorff said. "We don't expect them to do it, but they can."

Hutzell hopes they get a chance to do the trick at an even bigger meet - the Class 1A state meet.

"It's the greatest thing to be here with the guys," Hutzell said. "We just need to make it to states."

A couple of county records fell by the boards. Smithsburg's Michelle Feiser broke the girls 300 hurdles record by a full second (45.5) and also won the 400.

"We've wanted to double her up for a long time," Orndorff said. "I wasn't sure she was ready ... she proved me wrong."

Williamsport's Sarah McDonald improved her county record in the girls pole vault by 1 foot, 4 inches, clearing 10-4.

South Hagerstown sprinter Emilie Bonano matched the 100 record of 12.4. She also won the 200 and anchored South's winning 400 and 800 relay teams.

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