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TJ teams up for Relays title

January 13, 2001

TJ teams up for Relays title



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


In a sport often dominated by individuals, The Dwight Scott Western Maryland Relay Championships is truly a team-first indoor track meet.

Thomas Johnson's girls proved themselves the best team at the HCC athletic complex on Saturday, combining experience and depth with unparalleled consistency to run away from Frederick, North Hagerstown and every other challenger.

TJ finished with 70 points, placing first in three events (1,600-meter relay, 3,200 relay, shot put), second in three more (distance medley, sprint medley, high jump) and third in two more (hurdle-sprint relay, 800 relay).

"We were fortunate this year, we lost just one senior and the new kids have come in and filled in nicely," TJ coach Paul Flynn said.

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"It's very much a team thing. We have our stars, but in a meet like this, it's not the stars that do it for you."

Of the nine events held, in only one event did TJ finish out of the top three - the pole vault, which the Patriots finished fourth.

"This is very much a team event, and I'm very proud of my team," TJ coach Paul Flynn said. "We've got good depth ... there's a lot of competition for the spots in our lineup."

Frederick finished second with 47 points, winning three events (hurdle-sprint relay, 800 relay, high jump). North finished third with 43 points despite not winning a single event. The Hubs showed their own depth with two seconds (hurdle-sprint, 800 relay) and four thirds (3,200 relay, shot put, high jump, pole vault).

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the boys meet, Middletown coach Don Boyer had a few anxious moments late, but once the final event (the 1,600 relay) was finished, the Knights had a team title, scoring 58 points to defeat North Hagerstown by 10.

It's very hard to run away from someone in a relay meet," Boyer said. "We did score in every event, and that's the sign of a good team."

Middletown won three events (sprint medley, 1,600 relay, high jump) and took second in two others (distance medley, 3,200 relay) to hold off the Hubs. The Knights also took third in the pole vault.

"Everybody came through," Boyer said. "I'm happy. We're just trying to get the team ready for later in the year."

North finished second with 48 points, winning three events (distance medley, 3,200 relay, pole vault), taking second in the 1,600 relay and third in the high jump. TJ finished third with 41 points.

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