Punching their tickets to states

February 10, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

David McDougal has spent his winter soaring through the athletic complex at Hagerstown Community College.

The Smithsburg senior is now set to raise the bar - literally - at the state indoor track championships on Feb. 17 at Prince George's Sport Complex in Landover, Md.

"Right now I'm very confident. I hope to carry that on to states," said McDougal, who's undefeated in the high jump this season after winning the Class 1A-2A West region title with a jump of 6 feet, 2 inches Saturday at HCC.

"I was decent last year and I got second at states. Now, my senior year, is the best I've felt in my whole career. It'll take a big effort to win, but I'm confident I can pull through and get another (personal record) there."


Saturday's regional championships were all about the state meet for most competitors, who were vying for top-four finishes in their respective events for the automatic qualification.

Some even surprised themselves.

Before Saturday, Boonsboro sophomore Sarah Hensley had never won a race. She changed that in a hurry, winning both the 55-meter hurdles and 55 dash in a span of five minutes.

How did she do that?

"I don't know - luck," said Hensley. "I just wanted to qualify, but ... I was pumped. We've been practicing really hard."

Apparently, so have the Warriors boys, namely junior Dan Robinson and senior Brett Morrell.

Robinson edged Morrell to win the 55 hurdles - reversing last week's county finish - Morrell took the 300 dash and both ran key legs of Boonsboro's winning 800 relay.

"I figured it was going to be a head-to-head match like it usually is," said Robinson, the defending state champ in the 55 hurdles, of Saturday's hurdles race. "I just had so much adrenaline and felt like I could do anything. I hope I get him next week again."

The Williamsport boys, fresh off their county team title last week, also continued to turn heads.

In the 3,200 relay, the Wildcats added top region honors to their collection of golds from the MVAL and county meets. Rhet Troxell came back to win the open 800, while Matt Rouse knocked off Middletown star Justin Myers in the 3,200 run. Williamsport then ran away with the 1,600 relay to close the meet, getting strong finishing legs from Troxell and Philip Taylor.

"They really work hard and put forth the effort," said Wildcats distance coach Taylor Oliver. "We keep building on meets and looking to the next."

The Middletown boys - fueled by winners Bryce McKinney (500 dash) and Myers (1,600 run) - topped the team standings for a seventh straight year with 72 points, 16 more than runner-up Boonsboro. Rounding out the top five in the 15-team field were Williamsport (52.75), Smithsburg (41.75) and South Hagerstown (25.75).

"We wanted to qualify kids for states. That was the most important thing," said Knights coach Don Boyer. "The kids just laid their hearts out. There are very few teams that give as much as these kids."

Poolesville, which won all three relays and four individual events, easily defended its team title with 113 points, 68 more than Middletown, which got a win from Rocky Morgan (1,600 run). Fort Hill (41.5), Smithsburg (34) and Williamsport (31) rounded out the top five.

Smithsburg also got victories from Kristen Poffenberger (girls high jump) and Dustin Sier (boys 55 dash).

Class 1A-2A West Region Indoor Track Championships

Saturday at HCC


Team results: 1. Poolesville 113; 2. Middletown 45; 3. Fort Hill 41.5; 4. Smithsburg 34; 5. Williamsport 31; 6. Boonsboro 26; 7. Century 23; 8. Beall 14; 9. Brunswick 13; 10. Winter's Mill 12; 11. Clear Spring 9.5; 12. Rockville 9; 13. Walkersvile 1.

Individual results (only state qualifiers): 55 - 1. Hensley (Bo) 7.6; 2. Witman (Wil); 3. Brown (S); 4. Sanker (FH). 300 - 1. Mann (P) 42.6; 2. Brown (S); 3. (tie) McCallum (Br), Loh (P). 500 - 1. Mann (P) 1:21.7; 2. Moore (P); 3. Kershner (Wi); 4. Davis (M). 800 - 1. Moore (P) 2:30.3; 2. Haupt (M); 3. Hertsch (WM); 4. Unger (P). 1,600 - 1. Morgan (M) 5:28.4; 2. Thompson (P); 3. Hertsch (WM); 4. Lockard (CS). 3,200 - 1. Unger (P) 12:16.0; 2. Thompson (P); 3. Morgan (M); 4. Banister (CS). 55 hurdles - 1. Hensley (Bo) 8.9; 2. Pfeiffer (FH); 3. Spickler (M); 4. Shortz (Br). 800 relay - 1. Poolesville (Payne, Mann, Moore, Loh) 1:50.7; 2. Fort Hill; 3. Smithsburg; 4. Brunswick. 1,600 relay - 1. Poolesville (Loh, Mann, Benton, Treado) 4:18.6; 2. Williamsport; 3. Beall; 4. Middletown. 3,200 relay - 1. Poolesville (Treado, Jones, Unger, Moore) 10:26.3; 2. Williamsport; 3. Century; 4. Beall. High jump - 1. Poffenberger (S) 5-2; 2. Page (FH); 3. Graham (P); 4. Urbanski (Be); 5. Carlson (Ce). Pole vault - 1. Jarkey (M) 10-1; 2. Wigenroth (Br); 3. Schweinhart (S); 4. Kotani (M). Shot put - 1. Carlson (C) 30-11; 2. Blackwell (R); 3. Monroe (FH); 4. Rowe (C).


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