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South's Wynn Seeking a picture-perfect end

May 23, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Somewhere in Melissa Wynn's mind is the photograph taken last year of herself, soaked through by the rain, hands grasping her head in disbelief after losing the Class 1A 100-meter dash by the smallest of margins at the state track championships.

Wynn had to settle for second in the 100 and 200 last year at University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Now a senior for South Hagerstown, she heads to states one final time Thursday and Saturday in search of the gold she's never worn.

"I feel really relaxed," Wynn said after the 1A West regionals last Friday. "No worries, just gold on my mind."

Wynn won regional titles in both the 100 and 200, with her times of 12.5 seconds (100) and 26.6 (200) giving her the top seed for the 100 and tying her for the top seed in the 200 at states.

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"I wanted to cruise my way (at regionals) just to get to states, but I wanted to throw up a good time to let everybody know I'm here," Wynn said.

- Much like teammate Brett Morrell, Boonsboro's Sarah Harris - the defending 1A high jump champion - will have ample opportunity for more gold. Harris will compete in the 100, high jump, long jump and triple jump.

"Right now, I prefer high jump," Harris said last Friday. "I'm looking forward to defending my title from last year. I'm going there with the goal to do the best I can."

- Williamsport's Brittany Kershner heads to UMBC as the second seed in both the 400, an event she's dominated in the county, and the triple jump, in which she's defeated Harris at both the county and 1A West championships.

"At counties, I pulled off a 34 (foot jump)," said Kershner, who duplicated the feat at regionals, . "It's just my peak year. It was a shock to me when I pulled a 34.

"I know there's going to be a lot more competition at states. Hopefully it will get me to break 60 (seconds in the 400). That's what I'm hoping for."

- North Hagerstown's McKenzie Fox leads the Hubs' 3,200 relay team - top-seeded in 2A - to UMBC on Thursday.

"We're excited just to see what happens," said Fox, who also will run the 800 and 1,600. "I think we'll be up there."

Teammate Paige O'Flaherty may appear to be everywhere at once, competing in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump.

- Walkersville's K.T. Hessler, second in the 2A high jump last year, will take aim again after winning the 2A West regional title last Saturday.

"I've been stuck at (5 feet, 2 inches), I haven't been able to get over it," Hessler said. "I hope I can improve to 5-5 or 5-4, my indoor height. Five-four, I definitely want to hit that. I know not many competitors can hit it right now. ... I'd really like to get first. I always seem to get second and I really want first."

- Other athletes to watch include Middletown's Emily Buzzell and Rocky Morgan, in the 1,600 and 3,200, and Allison Jarkey - the 1A/2A indoor champion - in the 2A pole vault. Williamsport's Jill Mease and Lexi Paza could battle it out between each other in the 1A pole vault.

If you're looking for a few long shots with a chance to pull surprises, watch Clear Spring's Ashley Lockard in the 1,600 and Erin Weller in the high jump, and Boonsboro's Kara Wastler in the 800.

Girls 1A and 2A

State Track Qualifiers

Boonsboro - Ashley Amezcua, discus; Sarah Harris, 100, high jump, long jump, triple jump; Sarah Hensley, 300 hurdles; Brittany Strite, 3,200; Eileen Stump, pole vault; Kara Wastler, 800; Jesse Zentmeyer, pole vault; 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Brunswick - Margret Clotter, triple jump; Kacie Escamilla, discus; Melanie Jensen, discus; Leah McCallum, discus; Liz McCallum, 200; Erin Murphy, pole vault; Jessica Rucker, high jump; Cassie Shortz, 300 hurdles; Chris Shortz, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles; Becka Tucker, triple jump; Greta Wegenroth, pole vault; 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Catoctin - Morgan Williams, 400, long jump; 400 and 800 relays.

Clear Spring - Lindsey Bannister, 3,200; Kayla Canfield, discus; Ashley Lockard, 1,600; Kym Wandover, shot put; Erin Weller, high jump; 400 and 800 relays.

Hancock - Carrie Beaver, high jump, long jump; Amber Moats, shot put.

Middletown - Emily Buzzell, 1,600, 3,200; Allison Jarkey, pole vault; Lena Kotani, pole vault; Rocky Morgan, 1,600, 3,200; Aubrey Pfau, high jump; Erica Young, 100 hurdles.

North Hagerstown - Shanna Berry, 100; Kendal Brown, long jump, triple jump; Sharnay Burnett, shot put; McKenzie Fox, 800, 1,600; Sarah Long, discus; Paige O'Flaherty, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump; 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Smithsburg - Corina Campbell, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles; Michelle Feiser, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump; Carrie Hartman, 400, 800; Tara Knable, shot put, discus; Lindsay Layman, triple jump; Detra Mackey, shot put, discus; Kristen Poffenberger, high jump; Kim Recher, long jump; Samantha Schweinhart, pole vault; Laura Stouffer, 800, 1,600, 3,200; Janessa Turpin, 200; Jessica Yu, high jump; 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

South Hagerstown - Melissa Wynn, 100, 200; 800 relay.

Walkersville - K.T. Hessler, high jump.

Williamsport - Jess Clingan, 100 hurdles; Brittany Kershner, 400, long jump, triple jump; Jill Mease, pole vault; Lexi Paza, pole vault; Laura Scuffins, 400; Caitlin Witman, 100, 200; 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

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