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Boonsboro hurdler wins Maryland title

February 19, 2002

Boonsboro hurdler wins Maryland title



By DAN KAUFFMAN
kauffman@herald-mail.com


Junior Brett Morrell and sophomore Daniel Robinson are standout hurdlers for Boonsboro High School, and more often than not they are mentioned in that order.

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Morrell had been a state champion before, Robinson had not. Morrell ran in the spotlight, while Robinson often trailed just behind.

Until Monday.

Robinson ran to victory in the 1A/2A boys 55-meter hurdles at the Maryland Indoor Track Championships.

Robinson, Morrell and Oakland Mills' Jaovon Wright all finished within five-hundredths of a second of each other in a race that could not have been closer at the Prince George's Sportsplex. Robinson won at the line in 8.15, while Wright edged Morrell by .01 for second.

"I'm gonna wake up (Tuesday) and feel like I've accomplished something," Robinson said. "I got to the point where I just wanted to win."

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Robinson has been on Morrell's heels all season. The pair raced to a near-photo finish in the 1A/2A West Region meet Feb. 8, with Morrell holding on.

But on the season's biggest stage, Robinson overcame one of his usual slow starts and, with Morrell leading but struggling in his lane, stayed steady and had enough at the end for a final lean that won him the title.

"I didn't have any idea (at the finish)," Robinson said. "I just knew that Brett and I were right there, face to face, at the end. I think it was the lean most of all. I had so much adrenaline to shoot out of the blocks, I didn't know what to do with all of it.

"Makes me feel really good that I can do this kind of thing, Robinson said, adding that his slow starts make him feel bad.

Morrell - a state titleholder outdoors in the 300 hurdles and long jump in 2001 but who failed to win the 110 hurdles title after clipping a late hurdle - had another race he'd like to forget. Running in lane 5, Morrell said he had problems with runners in the lanes beside him.

"We kept hitting arms, and it kept me from getting any momentum during the race," Morrell said. "It's disappointing, cause I'm used to being No. 1."

In victory, Robinson was gracious in pointing out contributions from both Morrell and hurdles coach Dwight Scott - very much active after heart surgery a less than a month ago.

"Everything's come together with coach Scott's teaching and Brett's helping. I don't know if I could do as well without Brett and the coach," Robinson said.

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