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Middletown's Jarkey wins state pole vault

February 19, 2002

Middletown's Jarkey wins state pole vault



By DAN KAUFFMAN
kauffman@herald-mail.com


LANDOVER, Md. - Middletown girls pole vaulter Allison Jarkey turned regional disappointment into state exuberation Monday.

Jarkey, fourth in Class 1A/2A West to barely qualify for the Maryland Indoor Track Championships, turned her fortunes around completely by clearing 9 feet, 6 inches on her first try and winning the state title at the Prince George's Sportsplex.

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"I was off (at regionals)," Jarkey said. "I was disappointed, but since I qualified I knew it was no big deal. I knew I could do better at states."

Jarkey and Rising Sun's Meghan Walsh were the only two athletes to clear 9 feet. Jarkey calmly nailed 9-6 ("I just wanted to jump up and down," she said), then had to sit and watch as Walsh failed on all three attempts.

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"I was hoping she would make it, but I didn't want her to at the same time," Jarkey said.

When asked if her new title of state champion had started sinking in, Jarkey smiled. "Not yet."

Williamsport's Lexi Paza finished third with a jump of 8 feet, 6 inches.

Jarkey's title was one of only two for area schools - Boonsboro's Daniel Robinson won the 1A/2A boys 55 hurdles - although the Knights had two near-misses on the way to a fifth-place team finish with 32 points. Rocky Morgan finished second in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

In the 1,600, Morgan found herself in a three-way battle with Glenelg's Katie Pencek and Poolesville's Janelle Thompson. Behind Pencek, Morgan made her move with 100 meters to go, but couldn't finish it off - even though she posted a personal best 5:26.0 this season.

"It still is kind of bittersweet," Morgan said. "I guess afterward, you reflect and you say, 'well, I did get a PR.'"

Clear Spring freshman Ashley Lockard finished a surprising fifth in 5:33.0.

Walkersville's K.T. Hessler finished second in the girls high jump, matching the winning jump of 5 feet, 2 inches but needing more attempts.

Smithsburg's Laura Stouffer finished fifth in the girls 800 and led the 3,200 relay team to third.

In 2A/3A, North Hagerstown's Jessica Hanlin finished fourth in the 1,600 (coming back from last after three laps) and fifth in the 3,200.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> On the boys' side, Middletown's diminutive freshman Jamison Parker finished second in the 1A/2A 3,200 in 10:13.2, earning a standing ovation that turned into a roar when he took second from Glenelg's Dan Bowring at the line. Clear Spring's Ryan Davis finished fourth in 10:20.2.

Parker's finish led the Knights to second in the team standings with 35 points. Oakland Mills ran away with the team title with 88 1/2 points.

Smithsburg's Miguel Forero - the area's dominant sprinter this season - wasn't this time. He finished tied for ninth in the 300 in 37 seconds (Williamsport's Mike Bond finished tied for seventh in 36.7), and failed to advance to the final of the 55, finishing fourth in his semi.

"As soon as the gun went off, I looked down and my foot was to the side of the block," Forero said. "I thought, 'this is not the way to start.'"

The Leopards finished fourth in the team standings with 26 points, taking second in the 1,600 relay.

Md. Indoor Track Championships



At Prince George's Sportsplex

Winners and area finishers listed

Class 1A/2A


Boys Teams: Oakland Mills 88 1/2, Middletown 35, Lackey 27, Smithsburg 26, Glenelg 22, Southern and Dunbar 21, Boonsboro 20, Central 19, Loch Raven 14, Francis Scott Key 13, Pikesville, Walkersville and Potomac 10, Parkside 9 1/2, Poolesville, Fort Hill and DuVal 8, Balt.-Poly 6, Clear Spring, Easton, Wicomico, Atholton and Kent Island 4, Centennial, Pocomoke and Brunswick 2, Hereford 1.

Individuals: 3,200 relay 1. Glenelg 8:24.1, 5. Middletown 8:53.6, 7. Smithsburg 8:58.0, 9. Williamsport 9:00.4; 300 - 1. Barksdale (OM) 34.9, 7. tie, Bond (Wi) 36.7, 9. tie, Forero (Sm) 37.0, 16. tie, Dick (Sm) and Crawford (Wa) 38.2; Pole Vault - 1. Greenwell (La) 13-0, 2. Chesney (M) 11-6, 3. Gouker (M) 11-6, 5. Robertson (Bo) 11-0, 8. Czeh (Br) 10-6; 1,600 - 1. Mehmedovic (OM) 4:28.5, 3. Myers (M) 4:41.3, 6. Zaanoun (M) 4:46.8, 7. Kurz (Sm) 4:51.3; 500 - 1. Ross (Dun) 1:08.3, 11. Taylor (Wi) 1:12.0, 12. Waldt (M) 1:12.1; 55 - 1. Grossman (Pike) 6.5; 55 hurdles - 1. Robinson (Bo) 8.15, 3. Morrell (Bo) 8.20, 6. Aaron (Br) 10.15; High Jump - 1. Kutcher (FSK) 6-4, 2. tie, Haupt (Sm) and McDougal (Sm) 5-10, 7. Gouker (M) 5-10; 3,200 - 1. Mehmedovic (OM) 10:00.9, 2. Parker (M) 10:13.2, 4. Davis (CS) 10:20.2; Shot Put - 1. Ballenger (Pot) 49-7, 4. Palmer (M) 43-5 1/4, 5. Bowman (Bo) 43-1 1/2; 800 relay - 1. Central 1:34.28, 4. Smithsburg 1:36.03, 11. Williamsport 1:38.94, 14. South Hagerstown 1:40.68; 800 - 1. Mehmedovic (OM) 2:03.1, 4. Crawford (Wa) 2:05.2, 6. Aaron (Br) 2:07.50, 12. Barnes (Wi) 2:10.9, 13. Zaanoun (M) 2:11.4; 1,600 relay - 1. Oakland Mills 3:31.3, 2. Smithsburg 3:34.08, 8. Middletown 3:39.13, 10. Williamsport 3:41.13.

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