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North girls win MVAL track title

May 07, 2001

North girls win MVAL track title



By DAN KAUFFMAN

dankauff@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - North Hagerstown junior Cailin Shoop held more than a pole in her hands on Friday night at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League track and field championships. She held the Hubs' fate, too.

With Middletown dominating the distance events, North's girls team needed every point it could find when Shoop stepped up in the pole vault.

Shoop delivered with a surprising victory, clearing 9 feet, 3 inches to ice a 1-2 finish with teammate Brittany Tesla (9 feet) that put the Hubs in control for a five-point victory over the Knights and the MVAL girls championship.

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"She came over to the fence, and I told her a lot of (the team competition) depended on finishing 1-2 (with Tesla) in the pole vault," North coach Glenn Cross said. "She looked at me and said, 'Way to go, coach, I don't like pressure.' Apparently that's not the case."

"I just knew I had to win, and if I didn't finish first or second, we probably wouldn't have won overall," Shoop said.

But Shoop, whose previous best had been 8-6, gave Cross the finish he wanted when she cleared 9 feet to join Tesla. Making 9-3 was the icing on the cake.

"I doubted myself, but ... I'm just happy I could help them out," Shoop said. "I'm really excited."

Tesla, the 2A/3A state champion indoors in the high jump, was a workhorse for the Hubs, taking the high jump title (5-4) and finishing third in both the long jump (15-8) and triple jump (31-5), finishing with 30 of the Hubs' 115 1/2 points.

Middletown, who got wins from Randy Buzzell in the 800 and 1,600 and Emily Buzzell in the 3,200, finished with 110 1/2 points.

North placed first in the 400 relay, second in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays and third in the 800 relay.

"There's a lot of great kids on this girls team. They're capable of doing tremendous things," Cross said. "On nights when they all put it together, they're phenomenal."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Middletown's boys cruised to their own MVAL title, winning seven events and sweeping the first three places in the 3,200 for 165 points, doubling up second-place Smithsburg.

"We've always had a lot of depth, especially in our distance runs," Knights coach Don Boyer said. "Our kids work all year long."

Jeff Manning won the 800 and 1,600, while Greg McCormick, who is heading for Georgia Tech this fall, won the high jump and discus and took second in the long jump and 110 high hurdles for Middletown.

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