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Trojans honor Cook with sweep of Rockets

March 24, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tim Cook surely would have been proud.

If he was looking down on Trojan Stadium Friday, he no doubt was.

Chambersburg opened its spring track & field season with a pair of wins over non-division foe James Buchanan. The Trojans girls took first place in 11 of 18 events on their way to a 96-54 win, while the boys won 15 of 18 en route to a 123-27 victory over the Rockets.

It was the 23rd straight dual-meet win for the Chambersburg girls, yet just their first in that string without Cook.

Cook, who amassed a mark of 194-34-2 in his 26 years of coaching the Trojans girls, and his wife, Susan, were killed in an automobile accident in December. Both were 49.

"When I was running the races, I was thinking of him, like, 'I'm running this for him,'" said Chambersburg junior Kylee Schuler, who won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs after anchoring the winning 3,200 relay to open the meet. "I told the girls in the 4x8, 'We have to win the first event for Mr. Cook.'

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"I'm just trying to honor him at these meets."

Both Trojans teams are wearing black bands on their singlets this season in memory of Cook, who also guided the Chambersburg girls cross country team to a 225-30 record.

James Buchanan coach Daryl Hunsberger said Cook was the reason Friday's meet - the sixth straight season-opener between the schools - was even happening.

"Chambersburg's the Mecca of track and field in Franklin County, and that's because of Tim Cook," said Hunsberger. "I told him, 'The only way we can improve our program is to run your program. We need a reality check at the beginning of the season.'

"He said, 'Let's do it. Win, lose or draw, it'll be good for the kids.' That's what he was about, whatever was good for the kids."

Obviously, the Chambersburg coaching staff had its hands full trying to pick up the pieces and prepare for the start of the season.

"I was just nervous, hoping things would go right," said new Trojans girls coach Chris Monheim. "I feel 100 percent better now, now that I know how one of these things is run.

"It was a good first meet. We've got one under our belt, and we'll keep going. Our goal is to go undefeated in dual meets again and win the Mid-Penn."

The Chambersburg girls, who won all three relays Friday, also got a big boost in the field from Jen Andrews, who won the shot put and discus.

The Trojans boys swept the shot put and triple jump, the 110 and 300 hurdles and the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs - taking the top three places in each - and won all three relays. Shane Scott won the shot and discus, while Jason Myers took the 800 and ran legs of the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

"The kids were anxious to get some competition, and we accomplished all of our goals," said Chambersburg boys coach Roger Coleman. "Tim would have been real proud of the efforts."

The James Buchanan boys got a pair of wins from Andrew Frisby (100, long jump), while the Rockets girls were led by double-winners Leslie Serrano (100, long jump), Emilee Seville (triple jump, javelin) and Kara Lehman (200, 400).

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