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Richmond, Carden win now for later

April 30, 2001

Richmond, Carden win now for later



By DAN KAUFFMAN

dankauff@herald-mail.com

Both South Hagerstown's Domonique Richmond and Martinsburg's Rachel Carden met small goals Friday at the Rebel Relays in hopes of meeting bigger ones four weeks from now.

Less than a month away from their respective state meets, Richmond and Carden stayed on course for Baltimore and Charleston with victories in the Dr. James Banks 800-meter run, the featured event at the meet.

"Right now, I've got goals," Richmond said after winning the boys race in a leisurely 2 minutes, 3.2 seconds. "We're about midway through the season, and everything I do, I try to run for time."

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Richmond, a junior, also led the Rebels to victories in the 1,600 relay (3:34.1) and 3,200 relay (8:38.9), the latter falling short of a school record by a half-second.

"Physically, I'm all right," Richmond said. "My workouts are about to pick up. ... I work on different things at different times, and I'm about to go to speed instead of endurance."

Carden dueled Smithsburg's Lauren Stouffer throughout the race, staying a stride in front most of the way before making a move on the final turn and pulling away from Stouffer, winning in a personal best 2:23.0.

"I don't like to start out (in front) that fast, but the pace wasn't that fast, so I had to, because I know my pace," Carden, a senior, said. "I know she's a sprinter and she has more kick than I do. I tried to start my kick early and have a consistent finish.

"I definetly PR-ed, which is nice because the state meet is a month away," Carden said. The West Virginia state meet is May 25-26.

Stouffer, using Carden as a rabbit of sorts, finished in 2:25.3, a Smithsburg record.

"If she wasn't there, I'm not sure if I would have given it all I've got," the Leopards' senior said. "With her in front ... it pushed me to break out with her."

Fifteen minutes later, Stouffer anchored the Leopards' winning 3,200 relay in 10:39.6, passing North Hagerstown on the final lap.

"I just stayed behind the North girl," Stouffer said. "I wasn't sure if I'd have enough energy, but I did."

Team results were not available.

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