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Leopards grab early 1A lead

May 24, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

CATONSVILLE, Md. - Once the battle lines were drawn Thursday night, one thing became crystal clear: Smithsburg's girls won't win their seventh straight Class 1A track championship without a fight.

The Leopards did what they set out to do, but so did Poolesville and Rising Sun. The result is what guarantees to be a long, nailbiting Saturday for coach Buddy Orndorff, who predicted it all along.

"It looks like a three-way dogfight," Orndorff said. "If we get out and compete, we'll see what happens."

Smithsburg had 43 points at the end of Thursday's events. Rising Sun had 32 and Poolesville 29, and the three teams were starting to pull away from the field.

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Tara Knable and Detra Mackey went first and third in the discus - crucial points, since neither Poolesville nor Rising Sun had athletes in the event. Michelle Feiser finished second and Lindsay Layman fifth in the triple jump - another event neither Poolesville nor Rising Sun scored points in - and Samantha Schweinhart tied for second in the pole vault as Smithsburg's field athletes cashed in.

"That was really big, (the discus) and the pole (vault)," Orndorff said. "Those were two (events) we really needed. Getting two places in the triple (jump) and two in the discus, you can't beat that."

Rising Sun went first and fourth in the 3,200-meter run, while Poolesville finished second and sixth. Smithsburg's Laura Stouffer ran a personal-best 11:57.42 but failed to score, finishing seventh.

"She runs 15 seconds below her best time and finishes seventh," Orndorff said. "What can she do? ... We thought they'd all come back to her, and they went past her."

Poolesville won both the 800 and 3,200 relays, with Rising Sun second in the 3,200 relay and Smithsburg third.

- Middletown placed two in both the boys and girls 2A 3,200. Justin Myers finished second and Jamison Parker fifth on the boys' side, while Emily Buzzell and Rocky Morgan finished second and fourth for the girls.

In the 1A boys 3,200, Clear Spring's Ryan Davis finished fourth and teammate Ryan Shank eighth, while South Hagerstown's Sharew Hailu was ninth.

- North Hagerstown's Nick Reid finished second in the 2A boys high jump, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches and losing to Parkside's Kyle Harmon, who cleared 6-6.

The Hubs' girls 3,200 relay team finished fourth in a personal-best 10:04.8.

- What had promised to be a thrilling boys 110-meter hurdles final between Boonsboro teammates Brett Morrell and Daniel Robinson went up in smoke when Robinson, hampered by a pulled groin and hamstring suffered in the triple jump in the 1A West regional meet, scratched out of the event.

"I can't really say anything, it's a bit of a disappointment," Robinson said. "I tried going over one (hurdle) and it hurt really bad. I knew I couldn't make it over a whole set.

"I'm thinking we're gonna be dead even again next year," Robinson, a sophomore, said of Morrell, a junior. "I just wish I could have beat him this year."

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