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Indoor Track Notebook - Frey goes out a winner

February 01, 2001

Indoor Track Notebook - Frey goes out a winner



Boonsboro senior Jenn Frey had high hopes coming into this year, and why not? She was coming off state championships in the girls high jump both indoors and outdoors during her junior year.

Unfortunately, Frey's season - and with it, her high school career - has come to an end.

Frey will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in her right ankle on Feb. 9, effectively putting her on the shelf for the rest of the year.

"The doctor said I'll just make it worse if I try anything. It's frustrating," Frey said. "I had such big plans for this year. ... I set goals, and I just feel those goals have been shot down until college."

Frey has not made a decision on where she will attend college.

Frey injured her ankle during the first week of school playing volleyball, but did not have it examined right away. In fact, she comepted in the MVAL championships on Jan. 6 and won the high jump title, beating out her long-time rival, North Hagerstown senior Brittany Tesla.

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"I went out with a win," Frey said.

Finally the pain became too much. Frey went to see a doctor a couple weeks ago and got the bad news.

Frey had a remarkable high school career.

It ended far too soon.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Two other seniors - Boonsboro's Maggie Tierney and Smithsburg's Beth Sprecher - are still battling week in and week out in the hurdles, just as they have the previous three years.

Here's an idea of how close the rivalry is this season: Tierney got the jump on Sprecher in the MVAL Championships in the 55-meter hurdles. Sprecher returned the favor at the Western Maryland Relays, then Tierney came back and beat Sprecher by a half-step last weekend at the Washington County Championships.

Usually, it's a small thing - who gets the better start out of the blocks, who times her steps a little better, or who makes the lunge at the end - that determines the winner on any given week.

"It's the same thing as last year," Sprecher, who beat Tierney for a state championship outdoors in the 110-meter hurdles last year, said. "You have to shake us up in a bag and pull (a name) out to find out who's better."

"Last year was a great year for both of us," Tierney said. "We went back and forth. ... There's no telling who is going to have a good day and who is going to have a bad day."

No matter who wins or who finishes second on race day, there's always a moment afterward for handshakes and congratulations.

"We even practice together sometimes, and I guess there's a friendship there," Tierney said.

"We don't see each other that often, but I guess we're friends through track," Sprecher said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Williamsport senior Todd Morris put on one of the more astonishing displays at the county meet when he clocked 36.9 seconds in the boys 300-meter dash, shattering the county record by half a second. Morris also won the 500 in 1 minute, 10 seconds.

Morris himself was anything but astonished.

"I didn't really feel like I did anything," Morris said. "Practice has really paid off the last couple of meets."

Morris, a state champion outdoors in the 200 last year, isn't concerned what what he's already done. His attention lies on what he can do in the future.

"... You've got to work every week to improve," he said. "There's always room for improvement. I don't care if you set a record. Some people stop at a record, but you have to keep going."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> One of the closest races at the county meet was the girls 800, which came down to a three-way battle between North Hagerstown's Ellery Hanlin, Smithsburg's Laura Stouffer and Boonsboro's Ashley Reeder.

It was Reeder who won the battle in 2:35.6, holding off a late-charging Hanlin by half a step and Stouffer by two to claim her second title of the night - she won the 300 earlier in the meet.

"They're both good runners," Reeder said. "I knew it was going to be a battle between us three.

"The last meet (the Western Maryland Relays), Laura beat me at the very end, so I figured I just had to go and do it."

Reeder and Stouffer will continue their battle at the Class 1A/2A West Region meet this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College. Hanlin, meanwhile, will compete in the Class 2A/3A West Region meet on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.

For the record ...


Records set at last weekend's Washington County Championships

Boys

  • 300 - Todd Morris, Williamsport, 36.9
  • 1,600 relay - North Hagerstown, 3:42.9
  • Pole Valut - David Miller, North Hagerstown, 13-3


Girls

  • 55 - Melissa Wynn, South Hagerstown, 7.2
  • 3,200 relay - North Hagerstown, 10:32.3


This notebook compiled by staff writer Dan Kauffman

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