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Knights take short cut at regional track

February 11, 2002

Knights take short cut at regional track



By DAN KAUFFMAN
kauffman@herald-mail.com


The smallest runner at Friday's Class 1A/2A West Region indoor track meet got the loudest ovation.

Middletown freshman Jamison Parker - all 4 feet, 7 3/4 inches of him - earned a standing ovation from the crowd at the Hagerstown Community College athletic complex at the end of a dazzling performance in the 3,200-meter run.

"To tell you the truth, I didn't even notice (the standing ovation), Parker said. "During the race I zone everything out. I didn't know until someone came up and told me."

Parker led from start to finish, pulling away in the final four laps to finish in 10 minutes, 14.5 seconds - ahead of teammate Justin Myers, Fort Hill's Justin Faith, Clear Spring's Ryan Davis and everyone else.

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"The way I have to race, because of my size, I have little turnover," Parker said. "If those guys are close to me, they'll blow by me (at the end). ... It's the middle of the race where I have to go."

This was Parker's coming-out party at the prep level - he won AAU 3K national championships at age 11 and 12 and was second in the USA Track and Field national 3K in his age group last summer, before moving with his family to the area from Texas.

It was also the highlight of Middletown's team championship. The Knights finished with 90 points to beat Smithsburg by 22.

"Jamison's a great runner," Knights coach Don Boyer said. "He can run at almost the same speed all day long. ... He probably could have run another mile at that pace.

"He's just a little bit shorter than everyone else, but he's some kind of runner."

Myers finished second in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200 in what Boyer called "a gutty performance," while Mark Gouker won the pole vault and was second in the high jump for the Knights.

Miguel Forero won the 55 and 300 for Smithsburg, which also won the 800 and 1,600 relays. Boonsboro's Brett Morrell and Dan Robinson finished 1-2 in the 55 hurdles, while Todd Bowman won the shot put.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Poolesville won the girls team title with 100 points, besting Fort Hill by 33. Middletown was third and Smithsburg placed fourth.

Williamsport's Alexis Paza won the pole vault, while Walkersville's K.T. Hessler won the high jump. Smithsburg won the 3,200 relay.

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