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Boonsboro track athlete seeks three state titles-boys preview

May 21, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

A year later, nothing has changed for Boonsboro junior Brett Morrell.

Last year, Morrell went to University of Maryland-Baltimore County looking for three Class 1A state track championships to call his own. He walked away with two - the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump - and an agonizing second in the 110 hurdles.

Morrell heads back to UMBC on Thursday and Saturday, with his sights set on the same prizes.

"It was my goal last year, and it has been ever since," Morrell said after last Friday's 1A West championships. "That's my attitude. I've been there and won, but I've also lost. I'm a little more relaxed this year, where last year I had to prove myself. I have more confidence this year."

Morrell is a heavy favorite in the long jump, and will face his toughest competition in the hurdles from from other county rivals - Smithsburg's Ben Neumann in the 300 hurdles, and Morrell's teammate and indoor 55 hurdles state champion Daniel Robinson in the 110 hurdles.

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"I'm going to have to work really hard for it, but I think I can pull away at the end," Robinson said of his expected showdown with Morrell.

n Williamsport junior Ryan Martin, the defending 1A champ in the discus, is a heavy favorite to repeat as the No. 1 seed.

"We'll see," Martin said. "Anything can happen. I'm a little more confident."

n South Hagerstown sophomore James Price is also a No. 1 seed in the shot put, and the only thrower in the event seeded above 50 feet.

"My coach and I want to throw at least 52," Price said. "A sophomore throwing 50, everyone says that's real nice. I want to win, but I'm just glad I'm there."

n Smithsburg's jumping specialist, junior Corey Brown, is in the high jump, long jump and triple jump and has the potential to finish in the top three in all of them.

"I think I have a good chance in the triple and high," Brown said. "In the long jump, it's Morrell. He's always my competition. But I think I can place."

n Middletown's boys have a chance to bring home the 2A team title, with sprinter Ryan Waldt, distance specialist Justin Myers and field stars Mark Gouker, Brad Kehoe and Brooks Moser leading the way.

"We expect to win, and even if we're the underdog, we expect to make it a close meet," Knights coach Don Boyer said.

n Other athletes who could win state titles include Clear Spring's Jeremy Everitts (800, 1,600) and Ryan Davis (3,200), North Hagerstown's Nick Reid (high jump), South Hagerstown's David Line (800) and Williamsport's 3,200 relay.

Area Md. State Qualifiers

Boonsboro - Todd Bowman, shot put, discus; Gary Markle, 1,600; Brett Morrell, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump; Jon Reaux, discus; Chris Robertson, pole vault; Daniel Robinson, 110 hurdles, high jump; Wayne Styles, pole vault; Troy Webb, 100, 200, long jump; 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Brunswick - Jon Campbell, 400, long jump, high jump, triple jump; Phil Cooper, shot put; Tom Czeh, pole vault; John Jensen, triple jump, discus; A.J. Smothers, 110 hurdles; 400 relay.

Catoctin - Paul Testa, 3,200;

Clear Spring - Ryan Davis, 800, 3,200; Jeremy Everitts, 800, 1,600; Ryan Shank, 3,200; 400 relay.

Hancock - Zed Bikle, 400; Jordan Sterner, 110 hurdles;

Middletown - Brad Kehoe, high jump; Mark Gouker, high jump, pole vault, long jump; Brooks Moser, 110 hurdles, high jump, long jump; Justin Myers, 1,600, 3,200; Jamison Parker, 3,200; Vaughn Sheroda, discus; Ryan Waldt, 200, 400; 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

North Hagerstown - Nick Reid, high jump; Zach Thomas, discus.

Smithsburg - Corey Brown, high jump, long jump, triple jump; Miguel Forero, 100, 400; Patrick Haupt, high jump; Ryan McCormick, long jump; David McDougal, high jump; Ben Neumann, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles; Bryan Seifarth, 800; Dustin Sier, 100, 200; 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

South Hagerstown - Sharew Hailu, 3,200; Robert Harvey, 200; David Line, 800; Dominic Marshall, high jump, triple jump; James Price, shot put; 400 and 800 relays.

Williamsport - Curtis Babbie, pole vault; Mike Bond, 400, 300 hurdles, triple jump; Antwan Jones, triple jump; Ryan Martin, shot put, discus; Abe Phares, pole vault; Phil Taylor, 300 hurdles; 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

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