Middletown's Buzzell wins 4 golds

February 20, 2001

Middletown's Buzzell wins 4 golds

By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

LANDOVER, Md. - Middletown's Randy Buzzell ended her final indoor season with a flourish.

Buzzell, a senior, won the Maryland Class 2A/1A girls 500-, 800- and 1,600-meter runs in dominating fashion Monday at the Maryland Indoor Track Championships, bringing a brilliant season to a end at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

"I did basically what I know how to do - run as fast as I can," Buzzell said.

Buzzell's three individual victories helped Middletown's girls to a second-place finish with 45 points. Poolesville won with 53.

Smithsburg was eighth with 19 points, Williamsport was 13th with 11, South Hagerstown was 14th with 10, Boonsboro was 17th with eight and Brunswick finished 20th with four.

In the 1,600, Buzzell had difficulty in the first 800, but pulled away from two Towson runners in the fifth lap and cruised home in 5 minutes, 14.6 seconds.


"That mile was a little shaky," Buzzell said, "After that, people reminded me it was my senior year and my last chance (indoors). After that, everything fell into place."

In the 500, Buzzell had a 15-meter lead going into the final turn and again cruised to her second state title of the day, winning in 1:19.1.

It was more of the same in the 800, when Buzzell broke clear of the field in the third lap and won by almost a full straightaway in 2:20.8 to finish her individual triple.

Buzzell also anchored Middletown's winning 1,600 relay team, which included Trista Haupt, Christina Altland and Andrea Pope. The team finished in 4:15.36.

When asked if she could imagine a better way to finish, Buzzell shook her head and replied, "I really don't think so."

Greg McCormick won his third straight 2A/1A indoor high jump title, easily outdoing the field with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches as Middletown's boys also finished second with 60 points. Oakland Mills won with 79. Smithsburg was eighth with 14 points, Brunswick was ninth with 10, Wiliamsport was 12th with eight, Boonsboro was 17th with five and South Hagerstown was 20th with two.

Smithsburg sophomore David McDougal finished second in the high jump in 5-10.

"It's a pretty good feeling," McDougal said. "I knew I wouldn't beat McCormick, but I didn't expect to do this good."

The Knights' 3,200-meter relay team also took first in 8:20.53, as Paul Dorsey made a charge over the final 300 meters to catch Glenelg on the final backstretch.

Adam EscamillaBrunswick's Adam Escamilla followed up his 2A/1A West Region shot put title with a state championship, breaking the 50-foot barrier for the second straight meet with a throw of 50-2 1/2.

"I didn't think I was gonna do it again. I thought (regionals) was my tops," Escamilla said. "In my mind, I was thinking 50 feet and I thought it'd be competitive. I never thought I would win a state championship."

In the much-anticipated 2A/1A girls 55 hurdles final, Rachel Clinton, of Oakland Mills, clocked 8.55 seconds to beat out Smithsburg's Beth Sprecher (second, 8.73) and Boonsboro's Maggie Tierney (third, 8.92) for the state title.

Led by Brittany Tesla's state championship in the girls high jump and sixth-place finish in the pole vault, North's girls finished fourth in Class 3A/2A with 23 points. Long Reach won with 43 points.

North's boys finished eighth with 18 points. River Hill won with 48 points.

Another highly anticipated event, the 3A/2A boys pole vault, was as good as advertised. North's Mark Noll (second) and David Miller (third) both cleared 13 feet on their third attempts, but Leonardtown's Chris Gore cleared it in two attempts to win the title.

Md. Indoor Track Championships

At Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, Landover, Md.

Area results

Class 2A/1A

Boys Team: 1. Oakland Mills 79; 2. Middletown 60; 3. Surratsville 57; 4. Glenelg 37; 5. Fort Hill 29; 8. Smithsburg 14; 9. Brunswick 10; 12. Williamsport 8; 17. Boonsboro 5; 20. South Hagerstown 2.

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