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HCC men win districts

May 06, 2002

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - Hagerstown Community College won the Northeast District men's championship Saturday with 126 points, edging second-place Bergen (N.J.), which had 124 points.

HCC's cross country All-American Matt Pettit won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 26 seconds and the 5K with a time of 15:16, qualifying him for the national championships in Odessa, Texas May 17-19.

"We didn't know we were going to win going into the last events," Hawks coach Rich Secrest said. "It was really close heading into the 5K. I was really confident Matt was going to win, but I was still really nervous."

Marques Sneed won the 400 (51.4), and Jerry Rose won the 100 (10.6), and 200 (21.8), while the 400 relay team (Sneed, Andrew Morgan, Hispern Winbush and Rose) won in 42.2 seconds and qualified for nationals as well.

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Winbush took second in the 100 (10.8) and Matt Bracken, a Boonsboro grad, placed second in the pole vault with a leap of 11 feet.

"The kids came out and they all ran awesome," Secrest said. "And it was only 11 guys. ... We had eight guys indoors and got second (in districts). Eleven guys outdoors, and boom."

On the women's side, Anita Rhoderick finished second in the 5K in 20:56, while the women's 1,600 relay team won in 3:30.

n Sneed has signed to run at Norfolk State University for his final two years of college, while Pettit has signed to run at West Virginia Uuiversity - following the footsteps of Clear Spring and HCC grad Tim Mason. Both Sneed and Pettitwon are All-Americans.

"(Sneed's) very pumped," Secrest said. "He's just going to go down there and add to their depth.

"West Virginia, they're going to be one heck of a distance powerhouse the next couple of years," Secrest added about the addition of Pettit.

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